Jacksonville Jaguars GM David Caldwell has already put his stamp on the coaching staff, firing Mike Mularkey and hiring Gus Bradley as head coach. Caldwell added a few mid-tier players in free agency and is just a few days removed from his first NFL draft as an NFL general manager.
Caldwell is now making changes to the team's personnel department, dismissing three members from the Gene Smith, including director of player personnel Terry McDonough, reports Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.
Also dismissed this week were pro personnel director Louis Clark and area scout Chris Prescott.
"Being around Dave Caldwell and Gus Bradley, I definitely think this organization is going to win in the future," McDonough said. "The biggest hardship for me is the fact I see what’s happening and it’s all good around the building and unfortunately, I won’t be a part of it. It wasn’t meant to be."
McDonough also pointed to the Jaguars' struggles at the quarterback position as a reason for the team's recent changes on the sidelines and in the front office.
“This is quarterback-driven league and people who have franchise quarterbacks stay employed and people who don’t typically don’t," McDonough said.
Though McDonough is certain to find an NFL job soon, the longtime executive is partly to blame for the Jaguars' inability to find that quarterback.
According to the Associated Press, McDonough staunchly defended the Jaguars' decision to select punter Bryan Anger with the No. 70 pick in the 2012 NFL draft, "challenging" reporters to find a better pro down the road than the third-round pick. Of course, the Seattle Seahawks selected quarterback Russell Wilson with the No. 75 pick.
While Anger could certainly develop into a solid punter, Wilson is coming off a rookie season where he tied Peyton Manning's single-season rookie record for touchdown passes with 26, accounted for 30 total touchdowns last season, led his team to within 30 seconds of an NFC championship game appearance and was picked to play in the Pro Bowl.