Shack comes from the Deep South during a time of segregation and played quarterback for Grambling in college. The Buffalo Bills drafted him in the 8th round in 1969. Shack tells this story about signing his first contract...
Sounds like a different world from today's NFL. Still, you have to recognize that anyone who goes through all that would have a lot of resolve. It's really amazing how far the NFL has come since those days.
Enough depressing history lessons... Let's examine Shack's coaching career.
That was one heck of a team Shack put together. Those Ravens absolutely destroyed everyone defensively. Now I grant you their offense wasn't great from a passing perspective... It was adequate though, and their running attack with Jamaal Lewis was devastating. Harris has a very high opinion of JDR's evaluation ability and says as much in an interview.
That relationship has produced quite a bit of fruit and is the core reason for the Jaguars' success. Let's look at some of his picks.
Leftwich - Bust
Matt Jones- Bust
Marcedes Lewis - Lookin' Good
Reggie Nelson - Lookin’ Good
Rashean Mathis - STAR
Daryl Smith - STAR-lite
M. Jones Drew - STAR
Those are only the first two rounds. Players like Clint Ingram (3rd) or Sensabaugh (5th) came in later rounds. Let's not forget about all the un-drafted free agents the Jags sign and end up contributing. Players like that keep your special teams strong, your bottom line down, and your salary cap with plenty of room.
This perspective is exactly right. Shack has been too successful to be cut loose, but he may indeed leave for greener pastures. Below is an interview excerpt from last year that only solidifies the above point.
Hmmm, does that sound like an owner who thinks his VP is lacking in evaluating ability? Not a chance.
Lets examine Shack's character and what he's done for the community.
I think you all know where I stand Harris, however, I realize he is a bit controversial and some of you may not agree with me. Please comment and let me know what you think. Call me out. Call Shack out, or any coaches I've praised thus far. Just keep it clean, we're better than that y'all.