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Jags deny that team is for sale

When Jay Glazer of FOX reported over the weekend the existence of a “very strong indication” the Jaguars are for sale, we expected a denial to come.

And then we forgot to check for it.

As it turns out, a “clearly irritated” Wayne Weaver said Monday that his franchise isn’t on the market.

We’re not for sale,” Weaver said, per Michael C. Wright of the Florida Times-Union.  “We’re trying to re-energize this fan base and get them excited about the team.”

Glazer raised the point in conjunction with the notion that coach Jack Del Rio is safe, but that a potential sale could inject some uncertainty into the equation.

But is Del Rio really safe?  One league source with knowledge of the dynamics in Jacksonville thinks Del Rio is far from it, and that but for a $15 million buyout he’d already be gone.

Per the source, first-year G.M. Gene Smith “consistently stood up to Del Rio this season and exposed his divisive management/coaching style to the owner.”  The source also says that Del Rio “checked out early” many weeks during the season.

The problem, we’re told, is that there’s a disconnect between Del Rio’s “guys” and the rest of the coaching staff.

So while Weaver has indicated that he and Del Rio will “sit down this offseason and figure out all the things we have to do to get better,” there’s a chance that this process will result in Weaver becoming sufficiently upset to make a change, notwithstanding the magnitude of the buyout.

Especially since he’s already pretty upset.

“We’ve been average the last seven years,” Weaver said Monday.  “Being average
is not acceptable.  We’ve got to get better.  We had a great draft class,
a lot of young players. For the most part, they all produced.  Building
off this last draft class, and going into the offseason, I think we’re
a team that’s ascending.  I don’t expect to be sitting home in January
next year [during the playoffs].  I’ll tell you that.”

The sit-down is scheduled for next week.  If Weaver hasn’t calmed down by then, things could get ugly for Del Rio.

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16 Responses to “Jags deny that team is for sale”
  1. Steve-O says: Jan 6, 2010 8:14 AM

    What does this have to do with Shanahan to the Skins?

  2. Floyd the Barber says: Jan 6, 2010 8:17 AM

    You’re only as good as your quarterback and until they upgrade from Garrard, a lower end playoff team is the best they’ll do.

  3. pftandcft1 says: Jan 6, 2010 8:44 AM

    If they get rid of their head coach and get a new qb they may have a chance to survive. The problem is only about 40,000 people in the city care about the Jags, the rest are content with their college teams and just act like they care. When it is put up or shut up time these fans fold like a cheap tent.

  4. Joe C says: Jan 6, 2010 9:05 AM

    Actually, what set the Jags up for failure was going to the AFC Championship Game in only their 2nd year of existence (perhaps I am mistaken, but I think they were selling out find then), as well as going 11-5/11-5/14-2 in the next 3.
    But since 1999, Jacksonville has only had 4 winning seasons and 1 playoff win (2007). That has more to do with why fans won’t come out. They got spoiled with early success and then bailed when the team started to struggle.

  5. zygi milf says: Jan 6, 2010 9:14 AM

    # pftandcft1 says: January 6, 2010 8:44 AM
    If they get rid of their head coach and get a new qb they may have a chance to survive. The problem is only about 40,000 people in the city care about the Jags, the rest are content with their college teams and just act like they care. When it is put up or shut up time these fans fold like a cheap tent.
    *****************
    Change the word “tent” to “tarp.”

  6. Tony in Jax says: Jan 6, 2010 9:24 AM

    What Joe C said.
    We started off winning, with a QB / WR that put people in the seats, but when things started to go south, they really went south. Brunell was cut for Leftwich and Jimmy Smith couldn’t stay off of the crack. His replacement – Matt Jones, another cokehead.
    Our first round draft picks have all been busts in the last 4-5 years: Leftwich, Williams, Jones, Nelson & Harvey. The first 3 don’t even play in the NFL anymore. Nelson hurt us more than he helped us and Harvey still might come around, but you expect a lot more from a second year pass rusher than what we had in ’09.
    Last year’s draft seems to be a good one. It wasn’t the rookies that were blowing plays to cost us a chance in the playoffs – it was the age of the veteran players. The fact that we gave an average back-up QB the kind of contract we did is a whole other topic. But if we can build from last year’s draft on through next year, I think that we will be a playoff caliber team in the next 2 years. Gene the GM seems to be doing a great job, but only time will tell.

  7. Seeryer says: Jan 6, 2010 9:27 AM

    Floyd the Barber,
    Jags had 14 sacks this year and were 30th in pass defense, gave up the most points since the franchise’s first season and a rush offense that had a drought of 20 yards run for 160 straight carries until finally getting one in week 17, will be more than a “lower end playoff team” with a better QB? Can you even be a playoff team with what I laid out above. The Jets can get into the playoffs with a crappy QB (regardless of what he may be in the future) because they had the number one defense and number one rush offense in the league. Where would the Jets be with David Garrard as QB? The Bengals passing game was pitiful this season and they are in the playoffs because they run the ball and play D. Flacco and Ryan were in the playoffs because their teams ran the ball dominantly and played good defense. Jacksonville hasn’t done either of those in a while. But yeah, lets just draft a so called “franchise” QB and all of a sudden Reggie Nelson will be able to make a tackle and Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves will start harrassing the opposing QB.

  8. Patsfan1776 says: Jan 6, 2010 9:35 AM

    I have some buddies who used to put For Sale signs in front of people’s houses for the fun of it. Can someone plant a For Sale sign down there just for fun? Take out an add in Craigslist, NFL team for sale…..

  9. bornman3 says: Jan 6, 2010 9:41 AM

    Having a team in Jacksonville is such a joke. Might as well have a club in Mexico City. At least you know they would sell out every single game.

  10. bullis says: Jan 6, 2010 10:11 AM

    You’d think they would fill that stadium with the team and nice weather they have there.

  11. jaxdolfan says: Jan 6, 2010 10:12 AM

    Del Rio is safe due to his contract and the amount of money it would take to bring a big name in.
    Garrard is safe because of his contract and the fact that there is no one on the team behind him and the money it would take to bring a big name in.
    The current plan is to ride these contracts out and let Gene Smith build a team similar to what they have in Indy, Pittsburgh and New England (before Pioli left.)
    The long term is that Weaver is 73 and his family does not want to take over the team. The team will sell at some point. Question is what will the new owner do if the coach, qb and city are still underachieving by NFL standards.

  12. SteelCurtain says: Jan 6, 2010 10:17 AM

    It can’t help Del Rio that the people he couldn’t work with are doing better elsewhere..
    i.e. Marcus Stroud, Greg Williams, Mike Smith, Mike Peteresen..
    The Jags should have just bought the remaining seats like Tampa Bay did so they didn’t get all this bad pub. That way, the press could focus on other teams facing blackouts (Bucs, Bengals, Vikings, Chargers, Lions, ..)

  13. Jag4Life says: Jan 6, 2010 10:28 AM

    Everyone has the same ol’ nobody cares in Jax talk. Where you are sadly mistaken is there are alot of us that do care. Imagine the team that you root for and adore moving. Most of you think it’s funny until you’re in that situation. There’s nothing funny about. I love the Jaguars and support them win lose or draw. This was a bad season, but it will get fixed just like alot of bad situations get fixed. All of you guys are just flavor of the months. Next month or next season you’ll ride some other coattail subject and repeat it all season again. Get some new material. All of you are played out.

  14. NoHomeTeam says: Jan 6, 2010 4:42 PM

    Jag4Life says: “Everyone has the same ol’ nobody cares in Jax talk. Where you are sadly mistaken is there are alot of us that do care. Imagine the team that you root for and adore moving. Most of you think it’s funny until you’re in that situation.”
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    As a former Rams fan, I empathize with you. I’m curious to know if you will still be a Jag4Life if the team does wind up relocating. Would you support the Los Angeles Leopards , or would you get behind another team?

  15. jandar says: Jan 6, 2010 6:49 PM

    NoHomeTeam says: “As a former Rams fan, I empathize with you. I’m curious to know if you will still be a Jag4Life if the team does wind up relocating. Would you support the Los Angeles Leopards , or would you get behind another team?”
    ====================
    I will stop watching the NFL. I am a Jacksonville Jaguars fan, not a Packers fan, not a Vikings fan, etc..
    I live and die as a Jacksonville Jaguars fan. (my family has been here over 100 years).
    I root for my home city, not another.

  16. Jag4Life says: Jan 7, 2010 6:11 AM

    @NoHomeTeam:
    Thank you for empathizing. I see some people our there do understand. If the Jags leave, I’m done. I mean I’ll watch games, but if you don’t have a team to follow and root for then it’s meaningless. Kinda like still being in love with your first love, but she’s married. It’s pointless. I represent my Jags to the fullest and it will be a sad day if they leave. I just wish every Jag fan felt the same as I.

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