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David Caldwell weighs in on Doug Marrone, Nate Hackett and Bill Polian

INDIANAPOLIS -- David Caldwell doesn't know the whole story of how and why Doug Marrone left the Buffalo Bills, and he's just fine with that.

"I didn't make too much of it," said Caldwell, the Jacksonville Jaguars' general manager and St. Francis High School graduate. "I know there are a lot of stories out there. Maybe from their part, maybe from Doug's part -- I don't really know. I think the truth lies somewhere in between."

Caldwell said he's convinced Marrone is a good person.

"I know he's a good man, and we're happy to have him on our staff," he said. "I know Doug personally is just looking forward to the opportunity to be with us, and we're looking forward to the opportunity of him coming in and developing our young offensive line."

Caldwell is also excited about the addition of former Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett to the Jaguars' staff as quarterbacks coach. Hackett will work on developing second-year quarterback Blake Bortles.

"Nate's great. He's a very intelligent young coach," Caldwell said. "He can think outside the box. He's going to be a good calming influence for Blake. ... When you meet Nate I don't think you would think he's a calming influence, but throughout the game and throughout the week, he's going to have Blake very well prepared."

Caldwell got his start in the NFL with former Bills General Manager Bill Polian, so it was special for him when Polian was recently elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"Very well deserving based on his career and the impact he’s had not only on the franchises he worked for but the league as a whole," Caldwell said. "He’s a great sounding board. Obviously, we have his son, Chris Polian, on our staff and he’s a great sounding board because he’s done the job for five years. I’ve tried to surround myself with as much experience as I could on the personnel side. There is never enough good advice you can get."

Caldwell and Chris Polian's relationship dates back to their days at St. Francis, where they played under coach Jerry Smith, as did San Diego Chargers GM Tom Telesco.

"He just texted Tom and I yesterday asking us if we were enjoying the beautiful weather," Caldwell said of Smith. "Tom said he hasn't gotten soft yet. I said, 'I have.'

"I feel like I need to get hazard pay for being here."

Like Telesco, Caldwell said he's happy to see St. Francis' planned $4 million athletic complex project is moving forward.

"It's a long time coming," he said. "To have a stadium that reflects the tradition of the school and the program is great."

 

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