Thursday, May 2, 2013
Chris Polian officially joins Jaguars
By Paul Kuharsky
Chris Polian is officially the Jaguars' director of pro personnel.
Jacksonville GM Dave Caldwell worked for Bill Polian and with Chris Polian in Indianapolis. Chris Polian became Indy's GM in 2009. Both Polians were fired following the 2011 season.
Caldwell then helped get Chris Polian hired in Atlanta. (Bill Polian became an ESPN analyst.)
Chris Polian may or may not be a good personnel evaluator. He was reportedly a driving force behind some Colts draft picks that did not pan out, most notably left tackle Tony Ugoh.
He had a reputation for having an oversized ego, and while I heard more tales of it, I saw it a bit myself.
I had limited dealings with him in Indianapolis. We stood and watched one training camp practice together, chatting off the record. He was affable and candid enough, but I felt rebuffed in efforts to develop a relationship beyond that.
Undeniably, his critics think he rose up the ranks in Indianapolis more because of whom his boss/father was than because of his résumé. Same now as he’s resurfaced in a prominent position with one of his father's disciples, if you will.
In working some with Caldwell so far and watching what he’s done, I feel very confident the Jaguars are in good hands. Polian’s new post isn’t one where he will be visible or out front, which is a good thing.
If he does good work, he can further refurbish his image. Maybe we'll see him as a GM again someday.
I hope to see him in press boxes in the late summer and fall.
Also in the Jaguars' front office, Caldwell promoted Andy Dengler to assistant director of player personnel. He spent the last two seasons as director of college personnel.
In addition to Polian, Caldwell hired made the following hires in the front office:
- Kyle O’Brien, director of college scouting -- O’Brien spent the 2012 season with the Kansas City Chiefs as regional scout and is in his 12th season in the NFL. Prior to joining the Chiefs, O’Brien spent 10 seasons (2002-11) in the New England Patriots’ personnel department.
- Paul Roell, assistant director of college scouting -- A veteran NFL scout of 21 years, Roell served as regional scout for the Minnesota Vikings for the past seven seasons (2006-12)
- Mark Ellenz, eastern regional scout -- Ellenz spent the past 13 seasons with the Colts, including the last six as an area scout.