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Take comfort fantasy losers: Jags GM David Caldwell not too swift at it either

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For most fantasy football leagues, the playoffs have begun.

If you're like me, you didn't make the playoffs this year. If you're like me, you couldn't seem to find a reliable receiver to complement your superstar quarterback and backfield. If you're like me, you've sworn never to play fantasy football again. If you're like me, you're lying to yourself.

Perhaps there's solace to be found behind the Jacksonville Jaguars general manager's desk.

When David Caldwell participated in a fantasy league with his St. Francis High buddies, he revealed he didn't win championships and failed to make the playoffs "a couple times." He was in the Indianapolis Colts' front office at the time.

"I've retired from fantasy football," he said with a sheepish grin Friday afternoon at the Jaguars' headquarters.

Caldwell, 39, is a rookie GM and the second-youngest in the NFL. I met with him for 90 minutes of unfiltered conversation that will appear as a Q&A in Sunday's editions of The Buffalo News.

Among the outtakes was Caldwell's revelation even NFL people can't struggle with fantasy football.

"I think probably because it's fantasy," Caldwell said. "The name pretty much says it all, right?"

Caldwell got his start as an intern with the Carolina Panthers, spent 10 seasons with the Colts and a few with the Atlanta Falcons, rising to player personnel director, before the Jaguars hired him this year.

"There's no guarantees in fantasy or real-life football," Caldwell said. "There's always the X-factor, whether it's injuries or players being suspended or sometimes your decisions just don't work out, too. Maybe sometimes you make bad decisions."

Click on the video below to hear a portion of the interview, including Caldwell's thoughts on University at Buffalo pass-rusher Khalil Mack and what is on Caldwell's checklist when he visits family and friends in South Buffalo.

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