PALM BEACH — Jaguars general manager Gene Smith has been a constant in the Jaguars organization from its birth. But over the past three months, he’s found himself learning to adjust to two men with whom he’s worked closely. His relationships with owner Shad Khan and coach Mike Mularkey have already been tested and the results, Smith believes, shows promise for the organization’s future.
Just a couple years ago, the Jaguars defensive backfield was perhaps the team's biggest liability on the field. Now, it's one of their biggest strengths. "Derek [Cox] and Rashean [Mathis], up until their injuries, I thought they were playing very good football," Jaguars general manager Gene Smith said. "I think we gotta find a way to pressure the ball more and that’ll really help our secondary even more. We now have some veterans on the back end."
The Jacksonville Jaguars will be involved in the selection of a facilities manager that would oversee Everbank Field as well as the city's other entertainment venues. A letter sent to the mayor this week reminded the city that the team's lease says it and the city will "mutually select" a management company. That claus is there, attorney Sashi Brown said, "in recognition of the agreement that City and Jaguars have equal input into the decision of who will manage the stadium and surrounding parkinga areas."
PALM BEACH, FL – Gene Smith searched for the right word, and although the Jaguars’ general manager often speaks in measured, specific fashion, this pause spoke volumes. Smith, speaking during a break at the NFL Owners’ Meetings Tuesday afternoon, was asked about the events of the past week. He smiled, and with the last week not quite being enough to provide full perspective, he reframed the question.
7) Jacksonville Jaguars Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa McShay: "Reiff is a safe, high-character pick who fits the draft style of Jags general manager Gene Smith. He will solidify the offensive line and provide protection for second-year QB Blaine Gabbert as he continues to develop. North Carolina DE Quinton Coples is the most talented player on the board at this point, but he's the kind of high-upside prospect who doesn't fit Smith's style."