Dave Caldwell won’t even get to stick around long enough to see if the Jacksonville Jaguars win the battle for the No. 1 overall draft pick.
That’s because Caldwell was canned as Jaguars general manager shortly after Sunday’s 27-25 home loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan announced Caldwell’s dismissal in a statement.
The Jaguars are 1-10 and a game behind the 0-11 and equally atrocious New York Jets in the race for the top 2021 draft pick. They are also on their third quarterback after Gardner Minshew suffered a thumb injury and Jake Luton threw four interceptions against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
So Sunday’s starter was Mike Glennon, a journeyman who last started a game in 2017 with the Chicago Bears.
Glennon understandably looked rusty, but he sure was better than Lutton. Glennon just wasn’t good enough to snap the Jaguars’ long losing streak, after beating no less than the Indianapolis Colts to open the season.
Nor was Glennon good enough to save Caldwell’s job.
The Jaguars went 37-86 in Caldwell’s tenure as GM. He’s certainly not alone in the blame, as Tom Coughlin served as the Jaguars’ executive director of football operations from 2017-19. During that time, Coughlin had the final say on everything. It started great — with the Jaguars winning two playoffs games to advance to the AFC Championship game in 2017.
They haven’t won more than six games in a season since.