Jacksonville to Interview Phil Savage

The Ravens' Phil Savage, credited with tremendous player selections such as Ray Lewis (left), will be interviewing with the Jacksonville Jaguars this coming weekend. Aaron provides the inside scoop in his latest report from Owings Mills.

OWINGS MILLS — Although the Jacksonville Jaguars haven't confined their search for a general manager to members of the Baltimore Ravens' scouting department, Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver hasn't hidden his admiration of the Ravens' staff.

Jaguars team spokesman Dan Edwards confirmed Thursday afternoon that Ravens director of college scouting Phil Savage will interview Saturday in Jacksonville for the same position that Baltimore director of pro personnel James Harris discussed Tuesday evening in Dallas with Weaver and senior vice president of football operations Paul Vance.

"I think the history of this league shows that teams are attracted to people who have worked for successful organizations in the past," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "Look at how many coaches in this league that have been hired have worked for Bill Walsh or for a Bill Parcells. That's been a trend for a long time."

Newsome repeated Thursday that the Jaguars aren't the only NFL franchise to make inquiries about Harris and Savage.

Savage, 37, has been the Ravens' director of college scouting since 1996 and has worked for Art Modell for 12 years. Along with Newsome, Savage has been credited for drafting All-Pros like middle linebacker Ray Lewis and offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, as well as outside linebacker Peter Boulware, running back Jamal Lewis, tight end Todd Heap and strong safety Ed Reed.

Savage, a native of Mobile, Ala., who lists his current residence as Fairhope, Ala., could not be reached for comment.

Edwards, Jacksonville's executive director of communications, said Weaver doesn't have a specific timetable for filling the vacancies of personnel boss and head coach created by the firing of Tom Coughlin. Ideally, the team would like to have both spots filled before the Super Bowl, though.

Edwards didn't gauge any respective candidate's chances, but said the situation is fairly fluid.

The list of candidates for a position that may or may not include the actual title of general manager is growing by the day, including former New Orleans Saints general manager Randy Mueller, Buffalo Bills director of football operations Tom Modrak, Savage, Harris and Jaguars director of player personnel Rick Reiprish, who is scheduled to interview today.

Also, the Jaguars have interviewed former Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green, who has expressed an interest in working with former San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns executive Dwight Clark.

"Yes, we're going to continue to seek out the best qualified people in the league for this position, and Baltimore happens to have some very good candidates," Edwards said.

Harris, 55, has been with the Ravens since 1997 after prior stints as an assistant general manager with the New York Jets and as a scout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Harris played quarterback in the NFL for 12 seasons with the Bills, Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers.

Newsome said he has a plan in place in case either Harris or Savage leaves the Ravens.

He didn't venture an opinion on the likelihood of either landing the Jaguars' job.

"I haven't formed an opinion because some other teams have called about them," Newsome said. "I know this: I can only lose one of them to Jacksonville."

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