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Shack not back

Posted on: December 23, 2008 4:08 pm

James "Shack" Harris resigned as the Jacksonville Jaguars vice president of player personnel.

He did so with a foot in his ass.

Don't be fooled. Harris was let go and the resignation talk just makes it look classier.
Harris and coach Jack Del Rio simply didn't get along. Their rift was well-known insider the team's building.

One of them had to go. Del Rio landed a new contract extension last year. He'd cost $20 million to fire. Harris had one year left on his deal, believed to be in the $800,000 range.

You do the math.

Gene Smith, a longtime scout in the organization who was promoted to director of scouting last year, will take over as the team's vice president of player personnel.

Smith is considered a hard worker who is a good talent scout. The key thing is whether or not Smith will get the final say on all personnel decisions.

That's the way it needs to be. Del Rio needs to coach them and Smith needs to acquire them. In the past, the coach had too much input. While many want to blame Harris for the signings of Jerry Porter and Drayton Florence last spring -- two disasters -- Smith and Del Rio were behind those as well.

There needs to be limited input from the coach on personnel matters. It has to be Smith's power now. It's his neck on the line.

Category: NFL
Tags: James Harris

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2008 3:51 pm

Shack not back

First, you're an idiot. I can't sugar coat that. To think this was a racist move is stupid. It was about production and success.

Weaver is cash strapped as NFL owners go, call it penny pinching if you want.

Shack was a historic QB at a crucial time in sports history. Get your words right, awesome is not on par with historic. He was historic, not awesome.

He was NOT a lights out GM. Do you follow the Jags? How can you say he's lights out. You want to know who's lights out? Scott Pioli of the Patriots or Ozzie Newsome of the Ravens. Leftwich -  bust, Williams - almost a bust, Jones - almost a bust, Lewis - disappointing, as is Nelson and so far Harvey has been too. That's not the resume of a "lights out" GM. Oh yea he signed Hugh Douglas too.

If you knew anything it was Shack who drafted receivers. Del Rio wanted defensive linemen like Suggs and Harris. They used one pick on a punter come on. Weaver spends money, look at this offseason. Now was it money well spent? NO but that's not Weaver's responsibility, it was Harris'. It was Harris who should evaluate talent and decide whether to sign them or not. Weaver is just the wallet not the talent evaluator, but the blame where it belongs squarely on Shack Harris.

Oh, by the way Aaron Glenn was a smart veteran move last year. He helped the Jags win at Tampa. Though you probably didn't know that either.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2008 1:00 am
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Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 8:37 pm

Shack not back

Again, another running off of the mouth by Prisco. I certainly do not blame Harris for all the woes and it was no secret that Del Rio and Harris did not see eye to eye. I believe that it started with Leftwich. Jack did NOT want him. Pete's problem is he knows everything. Well, he certainly thinks so. Pete liked Byron and never let up on that. When Garrard had a pretty good year, he admitted maybe he made a mistake about David. This year when the Jags O line was so decimated that no QB could have had a good year. Mr. Prisco, jumped him again. If you ever listen to his show, he belittles all that do not agree with him. Has anyone but me noticed how as he disagrees with any caller, his voice keeps getting higher and higher. I would guess that he pulls on the back of his shorts, when upset.

I have been listening to Sports Broadcasters for more years then Pete is alive......PETE PRISCO IS THE WORST I EVER HEARD.

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