Many of you have heard current Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey say that the Jaguars are closer to being a contender than we realize. From the start of the season through the miserable 2-14 end, Mularkey has been adamant that we are close to being a good football team. All we need to do is clean up mistakes and stay the course, according to the coach. Honestly, that could not be further from the truth. The Jaguars are void of skill at the most important positions and 4 years of Gene Smith's drafting has left us without talent or direction.
After winning only 2 games all season under the regime of Mularkey and Smith, it was obvious a change had to be made. On "Black Monday" Gene Smith was the first man in the NFL to be fired. Jaguars owner Shad Khan moved quickly and efficiently. It can be assumed that Khan knew for weeks he wasn't going to retain Smith, and the decision wasn't exactly a hard one to make. Smith has built the worst roster in Jaguars history in only four years, something no NFL owner would stand for, especially not successful business man Shad Khan.
The search for a new GM was underway immediately. Khan flew across the country to interview 4 different candidates the fill the job. Tom Gamble, David Caldwell, Steve Keim and Marc Ross were the candidates that Khan met with. Caldwell seemed to impress Khan the most, as he soon had 2nd and 3rd interviews. Khan was smart and took his time evaluating his options. This would be the most important decision in his ownership thus far, and not a choice to be taken lightly. Fans tracked Khan's private jet and waited impatiently, desperately waiting for positive news on their football team, something Jaguar fans haven't had for quite some time.
On January 8th that news came. David Caldwell would be taking over the GM duties for the talent starved Jaguars. Fans rejoiced the popular decision to hire Caldwell. For us Jaguars fans, most of us know there are not many other football teams further away from a championship as we were in 2012. That's the bad news. The good news is that it's 2013 and we have taken the first big step toward that elusive Lombardi Trophy with the signing of Caldwell. The next big step will be happening in the coming days as all signs are pointing to Mularkey being fired. From there, the rebuilding of our franchise will begin.
I'm here as a Jaguars fan telling everybody who has lost hope in the team, don't. Caldwell is the man I put my faith into. He will build us a championship roster. Khan has done good by our franchise in the short time he has been the owner, and this is proof he will not stand for losing or mediocrity as former owner Wayne Weaver did for many years. I believe in Khan and Caldwell. Do you?