Jaguars GM believes team ready to close out games
The Jaguars enter their third season under the leadership of head coach Gus Bradley and general manager Dave Caldwell, with a combined record of 7-25.
The wins have not been plentiful by any means, but Caldwell believes the team has made steady progress since he set about rebuilding the roster in 2013.
“The first year was rough,” Caldwell said, via the Florida Times-Union. “We weren’t even in games at halftime.”
Last year, even though the Jags ended up winning one less game than the year before, Caldwell said the team demonstrated it was making progress.
“We played some good football against good teams — at Baltimore, first half at Philadelphia, first half at Indianapolis, first half at San Diego,” Caldwell said. “We just ran out of gas in some of those games.”
This season, the plan is to start seeing some tangible results. After spending big in free agency, adding the likes of tight end Julius Thomas, offensive tackle Jermey Parnell and cornerback Davon House, Caldwell feels the Jaguars are poised to take another step in their development.
“I think with the experience we got last year plus the (new) players, we’ll get into the third and fourth quarters and start to close out some games,” Caldwell said.
The third-year general manager is pragmatic about the team's record under his watch, but stressed the front office has always had long-term success in mind.
“I don’t think we’ve done anything great here, but we’ve been solid and mindful of our approach and calculated in our decisions,” Caldwell said. “There was no quick fix. We’re a very process-oriented organization.
“When it does turn, it will be great.”
(h/t Florida Times-Union)