Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

In Jags' New Trio, Who Will Be Supreme?

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

In Jags' New Trio, Who Will Be Supreme?

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Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer

The powers that be at One Alltel Stadium Place, as delegated by Wayne Weaver, insist that conflict likely will be rare and easily resolvable.

James Harris, the newly appointed vice president of personnel, and coach Jack Del Rio supposedly will be like co-architects of the Jaguars' roster, with salary-cap specialist Paul Vance being able to invoke veto power if he deems the spending risks on free agents to be too great.

Tom Coughlin's "one voice" operation has been replaced by a trio that, in theory, the Jaguars believe will be as in sync as the Supremes in their early years. It's just that when tough decisions have to be made, especially on draft day, who will act as Diana Ross?

As that subject was broached yesterday at Harris' first public introduction, Weaver initially said: "[Harris] won't have the final authority. No one has that."

Weaver's expectations are for Harris and Del Rio, through consultation with scouts, to reach consensus on draft picks. But when asked who decides if a tiebreaker is needed, the Jaguars' owner conceded: "I guess if it came down to that, we'd have to lean on James [Harris]."

In other words, this new organizational model that Weaver believes is critical to getting this franchise back to being a playoff team remains a work in progress. The clear message is that he wants shared leadership, but you have to wonder how well Del Rio and Harris -- despite a solid working relationship when they had lesser roles with the Baltimore Ravens -- will function with Vance when power appears to be so evenly distributed.

This tag team may work as superbly as it did for the Washington Redskins when Bobby Beathard pulled the strings and Joe Gibbs coached them to three Super Bowls.

But power in the NFL also has been known to cause friction. …

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