Old Faces, New Places

The Jaguars officially hired John Idzik and made some other changes in the front office.

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell today announced several changes to the club’s personnel department. Chris Polian was promoted to director of player personnel and Chris Driggers was promoted to director of pro personnel. John Idzik was named special assistant to the general manager after spending the last three months as a consultant for the club. He previously served two seasons (2013-14) with the New York Jets as general manager. In addition, Casey Belongia was named scouting assistant.

“We are excited about the restructuring of our personnel department,” Caldwell said. “We feel it’s a great asset and a valuable resource to have two former NFL general managers on our staff. I have a lot of respect and admiration for the work Chris Polian has done. He will oversee our college and pro personnel departments while continuing to play a major role in our player evaluations. Chris Driggers has been a part of the Jaguars organization from day one and has done a great job with our pro free agency and player acquisitions the last three years. His promotion is long overdue.

“John Idzik will be wearing many hats for us. He joined us in a consulting role earlier this year and I have been impressed with how he has assimilated himself into our culture the last three months. He has a vast knowledge of the salary cap and has a history of negotiating contracts and that is an area we feel we could use an additional resource. He will also be involved in the player personnel department. He will work closely with myself, Chris Polian and Tim Walsh (Director of Football Administration) in his role. Casey is a young professional that did a great job with us as an intern leading into this year’s draft. We think he has a bright future in this business.”

Below are biographies:

Chris Polian, Director of Player Personnel – Polian joined the Jaguars in 2013, spending his first year as director of pro scouting. Polian has 21 years of NFL scouting experience including three seasons (2009-11) as vice president and general manager of the Indianapolis Colts. He spent the 2012 season with Atlanta Falcons as executive scout. Polian first joined the Colts alongside his father, Bill Polian, in 1998 where he served as director of pro scouting for three seasons (1998-2000). He held the title of assistant director of football operations from 2001-03, was promoted to assistant general manager/football operations in 2004 and spent five seasons (2005-09) as vice president of football operations. From 1999-2009, the Colts posted a 128-48 regular season record, the best mark in the NFL by a margin of eight games, and earned playoff appearances in 10 of 11 seasons including seven division titles and a Super Bowl championship in 2006. The club became the only team to win 12-plus games in seven consecutive seasons. Prior to joining the Colts, Polian worked with the Carolina Panthers for four years (1994-97). He was an assistant in the player personnel department for the Canadian Football League’s Sacramento Gold Miners in 1993. The New York City native earned a bachelor’s degree in management from John Carroll University in 1993. He and his wife, Debbie, have three children, Jack (12), Caroline (11) and Kate (8).

Chris Driggers, Director of Pro Personnel – Driggers is in his 21st year with the Jaguars and his 18th year in scouting. He is one of six current staff members who joined the Jaguars in 1994. Driggers spent the last six seasons as a pro scout after nine seasons scouting the southwest region of the country. He began his career with the Jaguars in football operations before moving up to salary cap administrator, assisting in player contract proposals, salary cap administration and negotiating player contracts. He became a scouting assistant in 1998. A native of Jacksonville, Driggers graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in finance. He and his wife, Alyson, have three sons, Thomas, Travis and Tyler.

John Idzik, Special Assistant to the General Manager – Idzik joined the Jaguars as a consultant prior to the 2015 NFL Draft. Idzik previously spent two years (2013-14) as the New York Jets general manager. Prior to joining the Jets, he was with Seattle for six seasons as the vice president of football administration for the Seahawks. He was active in both pro and player evaluations with the Seahawks while also overseeing player negotiations, the team’s salary cap, all football operations budgets, staff and team contracts and team travel. The Seahawks won two NFC West Division titles during his tenure. He spent three seasons (2004-06) as director of football operations with the Arizona Cardinals. Idzik entered the NFL in 1993 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he spent 11 years. He began as a pro personnel assistant and then was elevated to director of football administration in 1996 and assistant general manager in 2001. During that span, the Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII, played in two conference championship games, won two division titles and qualified for the playoffs five times. His career began in coaching in 1982 with SUNY Buffalo and spent time with the Aberdeen Oilers in Scotland in 1990 before serving as a graduate assistant at Duke University from 1991-92. Idzik graduated magna cum laude and earned Phi Beta Kappa honors from Dartmouth College in 1982, earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, while also lettering at wide receiver. He later earned a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duke in 1992. He and his wife, Carol, have two sons, Bryant and Bradley, and one daughter, Holly.

Casey Belongia, Scouting Assistant – Belongia served as an intern in the Jaguars personnel department following the 2014 regular season and through the 2015 NFL Draft. He was an intern with the Jaguars equipment staff for the 2014 season. Belongia served as an equipment staff intern while in high school with the Green Bay Packers in 2007 and spent seven seasons assisting the club’s equipment staff. He graduated from St. Norbert College (De Pere, Wisconsin) in 2014.

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