The Jacksonville Jaguars may be just hours away from wrapping up the AFC South, and owner Wayne Weaver believes that his decision to take a more direct role in the franchise is a big part of the team’s success this season.
“I said to myself at the beginning, ‘You know what? We can do better,’ ” Weaver told Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com. “That’s the reason I went through this in-depth review through every part of this building. . . . It’s the way you run businesses. This business is no different than any of my other businesses. It’s all about surrounding yourself with people who are passionate and share your goals.”
The more hands-on actions Weaver took this year included personal interviews with staff members, challenging quarterback David Garrard to watch more film and telling the ticket staff to get more aggressive in sales.
Weaver has every right to be proud — not just because the Jaguars are winning but because they’re succeeding as a business: After having seven of eight home games blacked out in 2009, they’re 7-for-7 in having the blackout lifted so far in 2010.
On the other hand, if the Jaguars lose to the Colts today, there’s a good chance they’ll miss the playoffs. Weaver might not want to pat himself on the back just yet.