After the Gene Smith disaster (that’s putting it lightly), the Jacksonville Jaguars have set their goals for their next GM extremely high. According to a tweet from Jason La Canfora, the Jags will be interviewing their third GM candidate in Steve Keim. They have already interviewed David Caldwell and San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble. All three of these prospective GMs are among the hottest names out there, but Gamble is especially up there as Trent Baalke’s right-hand man in San Francisco.
Caldwell is an executive for the Atlanta Falcons and is also an excellent talent evaluator and assistant to Thomas Dimitroff. Keim works in the Arizona Cardinals front office and is expected to be promoted to the GM position to fill Rod Graves’s old post. At least, that was the rumor before Graves was fired, and the Cardinals are still showing heavy interest in Keim.
In addition to interest from the Cardinals and now the Jaguars, Keim is being courted for the GM post in San Diego. The Chargers were rejected by the rival Denver Broncos in their request to interview a Broncos executive to help fill A.J. Smith’s old gig, so we’ll see how things press forward for the Chargers.
One thing to note about Caldwell is that he worked with Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey, so he does hold one advantage. However, I’ve been reading reports (the one from SI’s Don Banks jumps out the most) that Tom Gamble is the early favorite to land the Jaguars job. Either way, all three of those guys sound better than Gene Smith.
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