Jags Have New Philosophy
For the last nine years, the Jacksonville Jaguars team owner Wayne Weaver gave head coach Tom Coughlin total control over the football operations. Under the post Coughlin era, Weaver has decided to reorganize the team structure which will allow new head coach Jack Del Rio not to spread himself to thin.
The new plan varies differently from the past under Coughlin where he wore the unofficial hat as General Manager along with his coaching duties. Under the new system Weaver, Del Rio, senior vice president of football operations Paul Vance and a new personnel director will all share responsibilities. The goal is allow first-time head coach not to be over burdened with too many off the field duties and to have the proper check and balances for Weaver.
Vance will focus primarily on salary cap issues and contract negotiations. He will also be responsible for supervising the team's athletic trainers, equipment staff and video department. In the past the support personnel staff reported directly to Coughlin.
Weaver is still in search of a personnel director whose primary role will be the evaluate talent in the draft and free agency.
Last week, it seemed like Baltimore's Ravens scouting director Phil Savage would be that man for the job but contract negotiations between him and Weaver broke down.
The search is still on and Buffalo's assistant general manger Tom Modrak is one named mentioned a lot along with Ravens pro personnel director James Harris. Both Modrak and Harris have already interviewed but a second interview with those two candidates has been scheduled yet. Weaver will most likely interview more candidates before making a decision.
The new organizational structure will have Weaver as the final authority on decision making within the organization. All three parties will have input and report directly to Weaver.
If Weaver can find the right personnel director to mesh with Del Rio, who is open to sharing of power, then the Jaguars should have minimum conflicts.
Not only will there be shared responsibilities off the field but also on the field within the coaching staff.
Tom Coughlin operated as the quarterback coach and offensive coordinator. Under Del Rio, those duties will be separated between offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and quarterback coach and four-time all-pro bowl selection Ken Anderson.
Musgrave will be able to focus on the overall offensive game plan while Anderson main task will be to continuing to develop the quarterbacks.
The old saying that two minds are better than one will most likely apply to this system. Musgrave and Anderson will most likely work together and share ideas and different philosophies. Musgrave and Anderson both are former NFL quarterbacks and offensive coordinators. Musgrave, who is only 35 years old, has a background, in the west coast offense while Anderson has primarily been in a pro-set system.
The old regime operated under the philosophy of "One Voice." With the new system in place with shared responsibility and with the right hires, this team will hopefully have the right chemistry to play as a team and get back on track.
Time will tell.
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