JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jaguars general manager David Caldwell today announced several changes to the club's personnel department. Andy Dengler was promoted to assistant director of player personnel after spending the last two seasons as director of college personnel. He joined the Jaguars in 1998 as a college scout and spent two seasons (2009-11) as a national scout.
Here are additional changes in personnel department:
Kyle O'Brien, Director of College Scouting - O'Brien spent the 2012 season with the Kansas City Chiefs as regional scout and is in his 12th season in the NFL. Prior to joining the Chiefs, O'Brien spent 10 seasons (2002-11) in the New England Patriots' personnel department. He served as national scout for two seasons (2010-11) and worked for five years (2003, 2006-09) as an area scout. He was the team's pro personnel scout from 2004-05. O'Brien originally joined the Patriots as a player personnel intern in 2000 and continued those duties during the Patriots' first Super Bowl season in 2001 while he attended Harvard. The Garden City, N.Y., native was a player personnel intern for the New York Jets in 1999. He attended Harvard where he lettered in lacrosse and was a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., lettering in football and lacrosse. He and his wife, Alexis, will reside in Jacksonville.
Paul Roell, Assistant Director of College Scouting - A veteran NFL scout of 21 years, Roell previously served as regional scout for the Minnesota Vikings for the past seven seasons (2006-12). Roell has been a part of five division title teams in five of the last 10 seasons including three AFC South titles with the Indianapolis Colts from 2003-05. He spent 15 seasons (1991-2005) as a member of the Colts staff as an area scout. During his career with the Colts, he helped build a team that became one of the NFL's elite. The Colts went on to advance to the playoffs under three head coaches - Ted Marchibroda, Jim Mora and Tony Dungy. The Colts had a span of six playoff appearances in seven seasons and amassed a 48-16 regular season mark from 2002-05. Roell got his first taste of scouting from 1987-89 when he scouted high school football in western Pennsylvania for Metro Index. In 1989 and '90 Roell worked as an intern for Pittsburgh Total Scouting before moving into the pro scouting division of BLESTO in 1990. He attended Ohio State for three years before transferring to Ohio Northern and later to Robert Morris where he earned a bachelor's degree in sports management in 1990. Roell and his wife, Stacey, have two daughters, Victoria and Katelin.
Mark Ellenz, Eastern Regional Scout - Ellenz spent the past 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts including the last six as an area scout. He joined the Colts in January of 2001 and served five seasons as the team's scouting assistant. Prior to joining Indianapolis, he was an assistant defensive backs coach at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2000. He graduated from Wisconsin La Crosse in 2011 with a master's degree in sports administration. Ellenz also earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas in 1998, where he was a three-year letterman at strong safety. The Milwaukee, Wis., native spent the 1998-99 seasons as an assistant training camp coordinator with the New Orleans Saints. He and his wife, Sarah, reside in Zionsville, Ind. with their daughter, Isabel.
Chris Polian, Director of Pro Personnel - Polian brings 19 years of NFL scouting experience to the Jaguars including three seasons (2009-11) as vice president and general manager of the Indianapolis Colts. Polian spent the 2012 season with Atlanta Falcons as executive scout. He first joined the Colts alongside his father, Bill Polian, in 1998 where he served as director of pro scouting for three seasons (1998-2000). He held the title of assistant director of football operations from 2001-03, was promoted to assistant general manager/football operations in 2004 and spent five seasons (2005-09) as vice president of football operations. From 1999-2009, the Colts earned a 128-48 regular season record, the best mark in the NFL by a margin of eight games, and earned playoff appearances in 10 of 11 seasons including seven division titles and a Super Bowl championship in 2006. The club became the only team to win 12-plus games in seven consecutive seasons. Prior to joining the Colts, Polian worked with the Carolina Panthers for four years (1994-97). He was an assistant in the player personnel department for the Sacramento Gold Miners in 1993. The New York City native earned a bachelor's degree in management from John Carroll University in 1993. He and his wife, Debbie, have three children, Jack (7), Caroline (5) and Kate (2).