"The common thread is the relationship between the head coach, the general manager and obviously the quarterback," Caldwell said.
Before Caldwell addresses the quarterback situation, he has to hire a head coach.
Potential candidates include San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman and St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Roman seems to be the front-runner given that he and Caldwell were college roommates and teammates at John Carroll University.
"The relationship between the general manager and the coach is vital," owner Shad Khan said. "It has to be a symbiotic relationship, and they have to grow together."
One change Khan made when he gave Caldwell a five-year contract to begin the team's rebuilding process was to the team's organizational structure.
Khan had Mularkey and Smith reporting to him last season, which seemed to cause internal issues. Khan declined to provide details other that saying "that structure didn't work."
Now, Caldwell will have complete authority over the head coach — much like he will in finding a franchise quarterback.
"We plan to address the quarterback situation, obviously," Caldwell said. "Blaine is the second-youngest quarterback in the NFL, but we're going to have open competition. We'll bring in, whether it's through draft or through free agency, we'll bring in some more people to compete at the quarterback position."
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