It was a move many believed owner Shad Khan should have made at the end of last season. But Khan gave Caldwell another shot at making Jacksonville a playoff contender for just the second time in eight years.
Caldwell fell well short of the owner’s winning expectations, making Khan’s decision an easy and somewhat anticipated one.
Khan will keep coach Doug Marrone and his team in place to end the season and will likely let the next GM decide his fate. It would be amazing to see Marrone return in 2021.
“I met Dave Caldwell to express my appreciation for his service to the Jacksonville Jaguars as general manager,” Khan said in a statement following the team’s 27-25 loss to Cleveland. “Dave was exceptionally committed and determined to bring a winner to Jacksonville, but sadly his efforts were not rewarded with the results our fans deserve and our organization expects.
“Our football business needs new leadership, and we will have it with a new CEO in 2021.”
The Jaguars are 39-87 since Khan gave Caldwell his first GM job in 2013, losing a few games less than the franchise’s first Super Bowl in 2018 and mostly reflecting mediocrity since. The Jaguars (1-10) have lost 16 of their last 19 games, including 11 in double digits.
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