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Monday, January 12, 2009
Jaguars tinker with power structure, promote three

By Paul Kuharsky

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver Monday announced specifics of the team's front office shuffle, saying new GM Gene Smith has the final say in personnel while coach Jack Del Rio has the final say in on-the-field matters.

Smith's title is General Manager/Senior Vice President, Player Personnel, a stronger title than James "Shack" Harris had. Harris was Vice President, Player Personnel.

Here are the most important pieces of the press release:

"The changes we are making will bring greater clarity in responsibilities," Weaver said, "with Gene Smith having final say in personnel decisions and Jack Del Rio having final say in all coaching decisions. Gene has been given greater and greater responsibility with this organization, and I am confident that in this new role he will be successful in directing our football operation.

"...Gene and Jack have worked closely in the past and will continue to do so to make this a strong, competitive team year in and year out. Our goal is to win a championship and the moves we make are with that clear objective in mind. I'm excited for our fans because I believe we are ascending as 2009 unfolds..."

Said Smith: "I appreciate and am grateful for Wayne's leadership and his confidence in me. Our challenge is to build a playoff-caliber team that can compete to win a world championship. We have a staff of quality people who drive the process, and the player personnel department will continue to work with the coaching staff to collectively accumulate not only the best players, but the best people who possess our defined character traits. I'm looking forward to developing a roster with Jack that will give our coaching staff a competitive advantage."

In the three other promotions, Terry McDonough was named director, player personnel; Tim Mingey was named assistant director, college personnel; and Andy Dengler was named national scout.

A quick look at each: