Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Caldwell's first question: Keep Mularkey?
By Paul Kuharsky
New Jaguars general manager David Caldwell and Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey worked for the Atlanta Falcons together from 2008 through 2011 -- Caldwell in the scouting department and front office, Mularkey as the offensive coordinator.
How much of a relationship developed between a guy in the front office and one on the coaching staff?
The potential for a relationship and the opportunities for interaction between guys in such posts differ from team to team. The two certainly sat in meetings together leading up to drafts.
Does Caldwell think Mularkey is the ideal coach for the Jaguars going forward? Or would he like to tab his own guy for the post as he takes over for the recently fired Gene Smith and looks to revamp the roster of a team that just went 2-14 and earned the second overall pick in the draft?
That’s the biggest question now that owner Shad Khan had decided on his man, as first reported by Jay Glazer and confirmed by Adam Schefter.
Info culled from Caldwell’s biography from the Atlanta Falcons.
Caldwell became the Falcons director of player personnel in 2012, overseeing both the pro and college pro scouting staffs. He was involved in day-to-day role in the analysis and evaluation of the Falcons current roster while aiding in the research on how to acquire future free agents.
For four years before that he was the director of college scouting during a stretch when the team brought in quarterback Matt Ryan, left tackle Sam Baker, running back Jacquizz Rodgers, linebackers Sean Weatherspoon and Akeem Dent, safety William Moore and defensive tackle Peria Jerry as well as trading up to select receiver Julio Jones.
He was a scout for the Indianapolis Colts for 10 years before joing the Falcons.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Caldwell and his wife, Joelle, have one son, David Michael II.