Another recent hire is leaving the Jaguars. ESPN’s Michael DiRocco writes that senior vice president of football operations and strategy Karim Kassam has left the organization.
Kassam was a bit of an unconventional hire, as he had most recently served as the Minnesota Twins’ director of baseball research. However, he did have some NFL experience on his resume, having spent half a decade as the Steelers analytics research coordinator. Kassam was hired by the Jaguars back in February, and he was expected to “oversee the team’s football technology and analytics department” while also assisting with the salary cap (per DiRocco).
The team didn’t reveal the reason for Kassam leaving the organization, but they released a statement describing the decision as mutual.
“Karim and the team have come to the conclusion that it is in our mutual best interest to move in different directions. We wish Karim nothing but the best,” said Tony Khan, the Jaguars’ chief football strategy officer.
Earlier this offseason, Chris Doyle was hired as the team’s director of sports performance, but he resigned following negative reactions to the hiring. Doyle previously worked at Iowa, where he was accused of bulling players and making racist remarks.