Jaguars hire Trent Baalke as director of player personnel

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Trent Baalke is back in the player personnel business after spending the past two seasons working for the NFL as a football operations consultant.

The Jaguars announced Tuesday they hired Baalke as director of player personnel.

Baalke is a veteran of 20-plus years in the NFL. He spent 12 seasons with the 49ers, including six as the team’s General Manager.

The 49ers fired Baalke after the 2016 season.

San Francisco went 51-44-1 during Baalke’s time as G.M., with three consecutive NFC title game appearances and a Super Bowl appearance.

“I have known Trent for two decades, and he’ll be a valuable addition to our personnel department,” Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell said in a statement. “He had a lot of success during his time in San Francisco and has proven that he has a great eye for talent and constructing a team, so we’re excited for him to be a part of the organization. We look forward to welcoming Trent and his wife, Beth, to Jacksonville, and we expect him to get involved immediately as we make decisions on our current roster and approach free agency.”

In 2011, Baalke earned NFL executive of the year, as selected by Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers of America, after helping transform a 6-10 team into a 13-3 team in his first season as G.M.

The 49ers produced 24 All-Pro selections and 35 Pro Bowl nods during Baalke’s time.

41 responses to “Jaguars hire Trent Baalke as director of player personnel

  1. Wow…

    I’d to see how many of these pro bowl and all pro selections he actually drafted… because that is different than what this article is saying.

    He had some historically Horrific drafts…

    And I still regard A.J. Jenkins as one of the worst draft picks EVER. He was a 4th round talent that they reached for in the first.

  2. What? Are you kidding me? This guy was a total disaster in SF and an egomaniac to boot. They would have been better off keeping Coughlin than hiring this putz. It’s like Khan is trying to lose. Look at SF since he left and they hired someone with a clue. I guess Ryan Grigson wasn’t available so they hired the next worst thing. Unbelievable.

  3. Defensively, he’s super good:

    Aldon Smith (could have had JJ Watt though)
    Eric Reid
    Jimmy Ward
    Chris Borland
    Arik Armstead
    Jaquiski Tartt
    Deforest Buckner

    It’s offense that he needs to work on:

    AJ Jenkins
    Lamichael James
    Joshua Garnett
    (these are top picks that barely played a down in the NFL)

  4. Hoo boy. If Baalke retains his tendency to draft players recovering from torn ACLs, Jaguar fans are gonna be in for a long, slow, painful ride. Ask any 49ers fan.

  5. That Harbaugh run was solid, but seems like he was fired for a reason? I’m a curious Jags fan…

  6. The Trent Baalke who ran Jim Harbaugh out of SF because Harbaugh and everyone else knew Baalke was an utter failure at being a GM?

    Good luck with that.

  7. “I have known Trent for two decades, and he’ll be a valuable addition to our personnel department,” Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell said in a statement.

    ________________________________________

    This guy Dave Caldwell better watch out. Baalke is a snake and I won’t be surprised at all if eventually a bunch of leaks start coming out that paint Caldwell in a bad light causing him to eventually be forced out of the organization. If he’s not careful he’ll find himself getting the Jim Harbaugh treatment.

  8. Trent Baalke’s success was due to his predecessor’s (Scott McCloughan) picks. He drafts injured players, got rid of Harbaugh and stuck the Niners with the Jim Tomsula/Chip Kelly years. The Jags just wasted their next five seasons.

  9. Balke to Shad Khan, or to his son Tony:

    “Prior to the draft, make sure I have a complete list of every single draftable player who’s had a torn ACL.”

  10. Good hire. He built those teams out of the gutter 10 years ago.

    If Williams doesn’t fumble on the twelve, people might have a different opinion. In fact, he fumbles twice but the one late killed them.

    It was not long after that they drafted Kaepernick, which was a mistake. That was his biggest mistake.

  11. I am a SF fan.

    Yup this guy is a mess. Complete disaster.

    And funny enough the leaks stopped when he left.

    Snake.

  12. Next time somebody tells you the NFL is COMPLETELY about winning and results remember this hire. This guy is horrible and oversaw some of the worst drafts imaginable. His successes came when there happened to other smarter people around. And this is all common knowledge. Yet, here he is back in a top job because lots of teams in the NFL refuse to hire anybody they don’t already know.

  13. tylawspick6 says:
    February 4, 2020 at 7:27 pm
    Good hire. He built those teams out of the gutter 10 years ago.

    If Williams doesn’t fumble on the twelve, people might have a different opinion. In fact, he fumbles twice but the one late killed them.

    It was not long after that they drafted Kaepernick, which was a mistake. That was his biggest mistake.

    He took over a loaded roster that McCloughan built

  14. 1. Those were MOSTLY Scott McCloughan picks that went all pro and made the pro bowl.

    2. Most of his actual picks were off the team within a couple years. Either by being busts or suspended multiple times before released.

    3. Sorry Jags fans

  15. What in the world is Kahn thinking? This clown was power hungry in SF. He was single handely killing the ’49ers. Look at the ’49ers today compared to when Baalke was the GM. I’ve come to the conclusion Kahn is clueless about building a wining franchise. Hiring Baalke won’t end well for Jacksonville.

    Kahn wanted to move the Jags to London and when he realized it wasn’t going to work he lost interest. He stopped careing. I’m thinking having the Jags play in London 2 weeks in a row may be another attempt to move the Jags to London. I think the best thing for Jacksonville fans is to sell the team who wants to keep the team in Jacksonville.

  16. cheapseater says:
    February 4, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    That Harbaugh run was solid, but seems like he was fired for a reason? I’m a curious Jags fan…

    * * * * * * * * * * * *
    Baalke and Harbaugh were in a power struggle for roster control. Harbaugh had it and Baalke wanted it. Baalke kept telling Harbaugh who what style Baalkee wanted to play and who he wanted to see play, and Harbaugh resisted. The owner Jed York sided with Baalke and the rest is history.

  17. During his tenure with the 49ers, it was hard to listen to him and Jim Tomsula. Jim couldn’t get a word out of his mouth, while Trent seemed running out of air when speaking. Together they (GM and HC) was the face of the 49ers regime during the miserable time. How ironic!

  18. His draft record is very mixed but he’s terrible at drafting offensive players. His main problem is that he’s essentially a robot. The guy has no personality and doesn’t interact well with others. Plus, he acted like a snake at the end of his tenure.

  19. This hire more looks like Shad’s long game to completely explode the team to make it easier to move the team in a few years to London or if that is to much he might just show up in San Diego.

  20. You don’t need an egomaniac who demands credit on any success and throws the coaches and players under the bus when they lose.

  21. “Next time somebody tells you the NFL is COMPLETELY about winning and results”

    Its not been about that since the huge TV deals and revenue sharing were put into place. Its about billionaires buying teams to generate revenue and not caring the slightest about product quality. As long as those huge TV checks keep rolling in at least 1/3 of the owners will never do anything to put a winner on the field

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