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.