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Shahid Khan said he’d have drafted Tebow for Jaguars

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Jaguars owner Shahid Khan had a long conversation with former Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver back in 2010 when Tim Tebow was entering the draft.

Khan’s advice at the time? Draft Tim Tebow.

“100 percent I would have,” Khan told WOKV this week. “Absolutely. . . . Obviously the Rams drafted Sam Bradford, and I was talking to Wayne then on what they ought to do.

“I should have an offline conversation with you, OK? I’m going to absolutely talk your ear off,” Khan told WOKV this week. “Some of the stuff might not be politically correct, but I share your sentiment. I think, when is the next time Jacksonville is going to have an athlete like Tim Tebow?”

Somewhere, Blaine Gabbert just cringed.

“I don’t want to get into 20/20 hindsight, and God help us, the draft record has not been the best with the Jaguars,” Khan said.

Yikes. This comment got enough quick attention in Jacksonville that Khan felt the need to clarify. He told Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union that he only would have drafted Tebow after trading down in the first round.

(That clarification says Khan probably doesn’t understand why the comment got so much attention.)

G.M. Gene Smith is responsible for the last three years of Jaguars drafts. Smith just got a contract extension, and his new boss essentially said Smith made the wrong choice to pick defensive tackle Tyson Alualu in 2010.  Khan also demeans Smith’s drafting record. (In addition to Smith’s predecessor Shack Harris.)

Khan has brought a lot of energy to Jacksonville, but this comment has to worry Jaguars fans. They want their owner to infuse the organization with money and new ideas.

They don’t want their owner picking the players.

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74 Responses to “Shahid Khan said he’d have drafted Tebow for Jaguars”
  1. deadeye says: Feb 2, 2012 6:42 PM

    If he’s gonna interfere with his GM’s business, go ahead and lump him in with Jerruh and Snyder. It amazes me how stupid these owners are.

  2. jcusa514 says: Feb 2, 2012 6:42 PM

    god, this guy’s mustache never get old

  3. ar1888 says: Feb 2, 2012 6:44 PM

    This would have helped Tim Tebow get a head start for is career in Hollywood.

  4. kahnsbushymustache says: Feb 2, 2012 6:44 PM

    Apparently Kahn didn’t also have a conversation with Jerry Jones or Steven Ross, since both the Cowboys and Dolphins were sitting there ready to pick Alualu if the Jaguars didn’t…

  5. nbaraie says: Feb 2, 2012 6:45 PM

    That would have been a good business decision, not a football decision

  6. rca26 says: Feb 2, 2012 6:45 PM

    This guy is the Rex Ryan of owners.

  7. charliereno says: Feb 2, 2012 6:47 PM

    So in addition to infuriating Jaguars’ season ticket holders, Khan has now undermined his GM and alienated his starting QB. I guess that’s what you get when you allow a Pakistani auto parts kingpin to buy a NFL franchise. And here I thought Jim Irsay and Jerruh Jones were dumbasses.

  8. vikingsrdue says: Feb 2, 2012 6:48 PM

    I by no means am sold on my Vikings taking Ponder last draft, but I thank the heavens every night that it wasn’t Blaine Gabbert.

  9. emma333 says: Feb 2, 2012 6:49 PM

    Jaguar fans aren’t worried….Mr Khan said he isn’t in the business of picking players, but he thought Tebow was a special, local talent..20/20 hindsight was a key here. Most of us here see a lot of pitfalls if we had taken him. Lack of success would have created a big backlash.
    The comment about the draft record is fairly accurate. The last owner was loyal to a fault, Mr Khan won’t be quite so patient, and that is a good thing…No need to create controversy here.

  10. mrplow3 says: Feb 2, 2012 6:51 PM

    So is anything he said about the Jag’s terrible draft picks incorrect?

    No.

    So what’s the problem. Should he lie to the GM and tell him he’s done a great job?

  11. bosdober says: Feb 2, 2012 6:51 PM

    He sounds more like the Mark Wahlberg of owners.

  12. Patskrieg dot com says: Feb 2, 2012 6:51 PM

    You’d think with all the money this guy has he would have used some of it to buy a TV and watch the Pats/Broncos divisional playoff game.

  13. Stiller43 says: Feb 2, 2012 6:56 PM

    Kahnsbushymustache,

    Denial is not just a river in egypt…

    Jags fans defended the out of left field pick then when everyone else laughed, then after it fails, you still defend it.

    Hilarious.

  14. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 2, 2012 6:58 PM

    All rhetoric aside, it’s pretty clear to me that this guy knows zero about football. If he knows more about business than that, then he’ll not meddle in the x’s and o’s or personnel and let someone else do it. MJD should be the GM at this point down there lol.

  15. galluswien says: Feb 2, 2012 7:01 PM

    We’re talking about a lousy organization here. As far as I can tell, he didn’t say a single thing wrong. They should have picked Tebow, for business purposes as well as the fact that Tebow (for his man flaws) is better than Garrard and lightyears ahead of Blaine Gabbert (his name even sounds like someone vomiting). And the Jags drafting has been extremely uninspired and tepid in recent years.

    Owners shouldn’t care about people getting butt hurt. He shouldn’t be picking players, but he damn well better keep his boys in line and his FO staff on notice.

    That means no wasting your 1 overall on Audie Cole next year, Jax.

  16. AlohaMrHand says: Feb 2, 2012 7:05 PM

    I’m impressed that Tony Orlando is now an NFL owner.

  17. joelvis72 says: Feb 2, 2012 7:08 PM

    Khan is the Cigar Guy of owners.

  18. nineroutsider says: Feb 2, 2012 7:11 PM

    Jags fans are in for more losing as this guy has a lot to learn.

  19. wtfchiefs says: Feb 2, 2012 7:15 PM

    This guy is gonna be an awesome soundbite for everyone except Jags fans. Plus he looks like a love child spawned from Tom Selleck and Alladin which is great!

  20. kenboslice says: Feb 2, 2012 7:17 PM

    Stiller43 I didn’t know about the dolphins, but a pic of Dallas’s board leaked and they were going to take him. He’s a great player and all the people who talk about him negatively come off ignorant about the jaguars. They weren’t the best team offensively but they were a top ten defense last year, and he was a huge part of it.

  21. silverandblack052099 says: Feb 2, 2012 7:19 PM

    But the Jags already have a franchise running back.

  22. ajgreenhof says: Feb 2, 2012 7:22 PM

    A guy tells it how it is and he’s a nutjob and an idiot. A guy dodges questions and he takes heat too.

    The life of an NFL owner.

  23. footballfan15 says: Feb 2, 2012 7:24 PM

    Jack del Rio is Flabbergasted!

  24. realdraftgm says: Feb 2, 2012 7:33 PM

    He is right Gabbert sucks and cannot throw anything over five yards well. Check my draft real draft gm at concensus sports. Look Teebow should of beenpicked for Jacksonville and they might of had a super bow2l team. Loofk Teebow will win superbowls and the last owner Weaver made a big mistake listening to Del Rio and not drafting Teebow. Look Teebow makes money for your franchise which is why Jacksonville keeps getting blacked out and unlike Romo he plays well in the clutch and last I checked everyone says Romo is in the top ten of quarterbacks but that means Teebow has to be then. Most 50 or moreyard passes in one game in playoff history against the number one pass defense in the nfl the steelers. Playoff history folks that is not an abberation.

  25. brownwood26 says: Feb 2, 2012 7:35 PM

    As a Skins fan, allow me to warn Jags fans of the hell they appear to be in for: this dude sounds like a cross between Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones. This won’t end well…

  26. afunny0 says: Feb 2, 2012 7:37 PM

    Im a Jags fan and Im glad we do not have Tebow are football team and for all you guys out there who think Blaine Gabbert sucks, just wait to next year he will play a lot better and take the jags to the playoffs. Also another thing is Ponder over Gabbert that makes me laugh, I mean ponder actually had percy harvin, vishante shianco and Kyle rudolph who did Blaine have MJD and thats it. JUST WAIT AND SEE!!!!!!!

  27. textermanley says: Feb 2, 2012 7:39 PM

    I would urge you all to listen to Peter King’s podcast interview with Khan from a couple of months ago. Not a pretty picture when the owner of an NFL team asks a journalist for advice on finding a coach.

  28. winkandthegun says: Feb 2, 2012 7:40 PM

    The drafts have been pretty good the last 3 years, outside of some injuries. The defense is as good as it’s been since Henderson and Stroud were anchoring the d-line.
    It still remains to be seen if Gabbert will pan out if he has a halfway decent receiver, but it’s not as if he has a high bar to be as effective as the last first round Jags QB. And let’s not forget about the first round draft picks in the five years prior to Gene Smith though (Reggie Williams, Matt Jones, Reggie Nelson and Derrick Harvey). Marcedes Lewis was the only one who wasn’t an unbelievable bust.

  29. egetto says: Feb 2, 2012 7:41 PM

    I’m sure the self made billionaire is worried about being criticized and called names by internet trolls.

    Jaguar fans are not worried, we are excited. The owner is a brilliant billionaire fan, who signed his GM to a 3 year extension, and said he will leave the player picking to him. He’s already pledged to do whatever it takes to bring a championship here, and it will start with free agency.

    Consider yourself sucked in ….he has already started to create buzz, like the tongue in cheek comment about real Jag fans being season ticket holders, commissioning Nike to design new all black jerseys, re-doing the sound system in the stadium, this Tebow comment, and parking his 223 foot yacht downtown.

    This story will be all over your silly site cause it mentions one person. I wonder if the Jags would make the comment board during Super Bowl week if the owner talked about the Jags 6th rated defense, or a QB who will get some serious weapons in free agency this year. Mention Tebow – all over the site.

  30. trubroncfan07 says: Feb 2, 2012 7:42 PM

    Tebow to the Jags for their first pick?

  31. maddenisfordorks says: Feb 2, 2012 7:42 PM

    Real men don’t make fun of their men’s football team on the internets.

  32. tennesseeoilers says: Feb 2, 2012 7:44 PM

    Here’s the cut-to-the-chase question for the biggest Tebow critics in the Broncos’ front office (and Denver at large):

    “Sir, I’ve got Khan on line 1. He wants to know, are we ready to pull the trigger on a straight up trade, Tebow for Gabbert?”

  33. ibreathefootball says: Feb 2, 2012 7:54 PM

    Clausen over Tebow still Kiper? I missed Clausen’s highlights this season, because there were none! He held that clipboard with accuracy lmao!!

  34. ahs2 says: Feb 2, 2012 8:00 PM

    PLEASE trade for him so I can again root for the Broncos!!!!!!

  35. geniusesq says: Feb 2, 2012 8:01 PM

    “I don’t usually wear a mustache. But, when I do, it has handlebars.

    Stay Thirsty My Friends.”

  36. skinsfaninnebraska says: Feb 2, 2012 8:03 PM

    deadeye says:
    Feb 2, 2012 6:42 PM

    If he’s gonna interfere with his GM’s business, go ahead and lump him in with Jerruh and Snyder. It amazes me how stupid these owners are.

    _____________________________

    Please don’t lump Dan Snyder in with Jerruhjones anymore. Snyder finally came to the conclusion he’d made enough bad personnel decisions over the years and hired a real GM. Jerruh’s ego will never allow him to do that.

  37. trbowman says: Feb 2, 2012 8:04 PM

    Of course he would have, he’s thinking of those fannies in the seats!

  38. trbowman says: Feb 2, 2012 8:04 PM

    “Clausen over Tebow still Kiper? I missed Clausen’s highlights this season, because there were none! He held that clipboard with accuracy lmao!!”

    Tebow is better than Clausen, but my pet dog is a better quarterback than Clausen. Faint praise.

  39. maddenisfordorks says: Feb 2, 2012 8:06 PM

    Man I’d take Blaine over that fullback in Denver anyway.

    Blaine can throw the ball. Tebow throws ducks.

    Let Tebow write another autobiography and throw ducks.

  40. Spencer says: Feb 2, 2012 8:09 PM

    Elway is on the phone trying to work a trade as we speak.

  41. beauregard says: Feb 2, 2012 8:20 PM

    Patskrieg dot com says: Feb 2, 2012 6:51 PM

    You’d think with all the money this guy has he would have used some of it to buy a TV and watch the Pats/Broncos divisional playoff game
    ——————————-
    You’re right, all he saw was Tebow beating the NFL’s # 1 defense to move on to the next round of the playoffs.

    Bet ya feel kind of silly now don’t ya.

  42. yerdoneson says: Feb 2, 2012 8:34 PM

    Obligatory.

    KHAAAAAAAN!

  43. trbowman says: Feb 2, 2012 8:49 PM

    “Man I’d take Blaine over that fullback in Denver anyway.

    Blaine can throw the ball. Tebow throws ducks.

    Let Tebow write another autobiography and throw ducks.”

    Speaking of “ducks,” I’ve seen Blaine Gabbert do that all too often whenever a defender breathes on him in the pocket

  44. fittytuckin says: Feb 2, 2012 8:51 PM

    Khan will continue to provide unintentional comedy for the remainder of his tenure as owner.

  45. jagsfan1 says: Feb 2, 2012 9:01 PM

    Dude – keep the team in Jville and step up and spend some serious $$ in Free Agency – and you can park your yacht wherever you want, wear whatever stach you want and talk all the trash you want…Just get us some frickin receivers!!!

    And a 12 sacks a year DE while you are at it!

  46. tdtheoracle says: Feb 2, 2012 9:11 PM

    @kahnsbushymustache & @kenboslice:

    If you actually look at the leaked cowboys draft board, they had Alualu at #22. They took Dez in that draft, who they had at either 11 or 12 (jerry’s arm blocks it). A late first round pick made sense, not #10. The ‘Phins were at #28 that draft. neither team was about to take him. it’s ok to accept the fact that the pick was a terrible reach.

  47. tdtheoracle says: Feb 2, 2012 9:17 PM

    @realdraftgm,

    I don’t know where to start; the awful grammar, flawed logic or continuous misspelling of “teebow”.

  48. autumnritual says: Feb 2, 2012 9:39 PM

    Simple: trade Gabbert for Tebow!

  49. dadawg77 says: Feb 2, 2012 9:44 PM

    If healthy lool for Peyton to end up in Jacksonville. New owner needing to make a splash in order to sell tickets, top five defense, best rb Peyton ever played with, chance to beatup the Colts twice a year and an instant Super Bowl contender. Jags make the most sense out of any team oit there. Gabbert wasnt good, even the coaching staff said he regressed as the season went along. Maybe a few years behind Manning helps him.

  50. vipod4ever says: Feb 2, 2012 9:58 PM

    no,no…Salvadore Dali is the Jags owner, and his brush strokes continue to be strange, but oh so comical.

  51. kiltherl says: Feb 2, 2012 10:01 PM

    On the next episode of ”Owner’s say the Darnest Things”

  52. kahnsbushymustache says: Feb 2, 2012 10:16 PM

    @Stiller43:

    If the 6th ranked defense is failure, I’ll take that every season…

  53. vbe2 says: Feb 2, 2012 10:16 PM

    Couldn’t this be close to tampering to talk about wanting another teams players?

  54. themonster49 says: Feb 2, 2012 10:17 PM

    Ok, after reading this i am convinced. The new Jaguars owner is a business man and apparently a very good one. I think the Jaguars will be on track soon.

    Now hopefully he doesn’t keep speaking openly in public, can’t have good atmosphere if you’re creating friction with current players faster than the coaches can handle.

  55. calebo94 says: Feb 2, 2012 10:18 PM

    Groucho Marx still alive!!!

  56. dolfanatik says: Feb 2, 2012 10:23 PM

    I say trade gabbert and 4th rd for Tebow. Elway & Co. can save Gabbert’s soft reputation

  57. mnfan1 says: Feb 2, 2012 10:31 PM

    Kahhnnnn!!

  58. gmsalpha says: Feb 2, 2012 10:40 PM

    I love outspoken owners like this. I know they shouldn’t be making the ultimate roster calls, but it shows he’s a fan and not just a businessman.

    As for drafting Tebow, Tim grew up in Jacksonville so he would have sold a boatload of tickets. He wouldn’t have won games, but he’d be perfect for that city and franchise. And maybe I misread, but he said he’d have drafted Tim Tebow. He didn’t say he’d draft Tim Tebow to be the QB.

    Gabbert sucks. Oh my gosh, I haven’t seen someone look that timid and nervous in the pocket in a long time. It’s really tough to watch that guy play football.

  59. joshmcdanielssucks says: Feb 2, 2012 10:48 PM

    Khan’s one step plan to revive the Jacksonville Jaguars: trade for Tebow!

    Tebow’s impact on the value of the Jaguars franchise has the potential to be significant. Applying a multiple of seven to nine time cash flow in valuing an NFL franchise, the Tebow effect would only need to contribute an additional $12.5 million to annual cash flow to add $100 million to the team’s overall value. Forbes reported that Kahn paid $760 million for the team. So, if Tebow could add $12.5 million in revenues – a figure that seems reasonable if not low given that Tebow has transcended sports and is now in the same stratosphere as celebrities Lady Gaga and George Clooney – in his first year in Jacksonville then Kahn will have increased the value of the franchise by 13% in only one year. The prospect of creating that level of gain in such a short time period of time with one transaction has to excite a smart busineesman like Kahn and will be the force that brings Tim Tebow back to Jacksonville.

    http://www.joshmcdanielssucks.com/

  60. grandpoopah says: Feb 2, 2012 11:05 PM

    Who are these “Jaguars fans” you speak of?

  61. badopinionthumbsdown says: Feb 2, 2012 11:22 PM

    Is that realdraftgm guy drunk?
    Maybe just in love with Tebow?
    Sorry, that’s Teebow…apparently.

    I’m not smart enough or psychic enough to know whether Tebow is going to be great. What I’ve seen says no, that defensive coordinators are going to get a read on him. But hey, I’m wrong all the time. So, I’m not going to say Timmy sucks. However, there’s little that indicates he’s as good as the drunk guy thinks.

    And as for Khan, where’s Captain Kirk when you need him?

  62. banjojones says: Feb 2, 2012 11:37 PM

    Khan is a breath of much-needed fresh air candor compared with the blasé utterances of most owners.

  63. bigdog214 says: Feb 2, 2012 11:47 PM

    He wouldn’t have drafted Tebow because he’s good. he’d have drafted him because gainesville is practically a suburb of jacksonville and all those trailer dwelling redneck gator fans would have bought tickets like crazy to see more of their hero.

  64. andyreidisfat says: Feb 3, 2012 12:46 AM

    Yes , jags fans definetly don’t want anyone to change anything about who they draft considering how good they have been. Lol

    I think all owners should take part in the draft processes and free agency, I think that’s a good thing. It’s when they are like Snyder or jj and just get in the way and pre tend to be player personnel guys is when the problems start

  65. patpatriotagain says: Feb 3, 2012 1:31 AM

    khan is the monopoly man of owners.

  66. oldcracker says: Feb 3, 2012 1:39 AM

    Didn’t he used to paint “art” of melting clocks and the like? (Salvator Dali???)

  67. shoeflypie says: Feb 3, 2012 2:18 AM

    Mustache reminds me of Salvador Dali, whose concept of reality was a few degrees off of true. This owner may be from the same litter, hence his willingness to consider the pompous pontifications of most sports journalists.

  68. blackhairedlawyerssuck says: Feb 3, 2012 2:32 AM

    Took my first post down, but I will post again… WOW !!!!! Johnny on the spot reporting here, this is old news, the interview was LAST WEEK !!!!

  69. lucimorland says: Feb 3, 2012 4:52 AM

    I know names aren’t everything…but still, you can’t build a hard-ass football team around a brother named BLAINE GABBERT.

    He sounds like a protagonist in a gay romance novel.

  70. mka34 says: Feb 3, 2012 6:29 AM

    realdraftgm says:
    Feb 2, 2012 7:33 PM
    He is right Gabbert sucks and cannot throw anything over five yards well. Check my draft real draft gm at concensus sports. Look Teebow should of beenpicked for Jacksonville and they might of had a super bow2l team. Loofk Teebow will win superbowls and the last owner Weaver made a big mistake listening to Del Rio and not drafting Teebow. Look Teebow makes money for your franchise which is why Jacksonville keeps getting blacked out and unlike Romo he plays well in the clutch and last I checked everyone says Romo is in the top ten of quarterbacks but that means Teebow has to be then. Most 50 or moreyard passes in one game in playoff history against the number one pass defense in the nfl the steelers. Playoff history folks that is not an abberation.
    ————————————————-

    Um, Jags have not been blacked out since 2009. (Cue the blah blah blah tarps blah blah blah idiots)

  71. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 3, 2012 7:55 AM

    I like this Khan guy so far. You just don’t hear about the Jags in the national media, but this guy want to change that. Yes, there are 32 teams in the league.. it just feels like there are 31. Welcome Jaguars, it would be nice if we can hear from you other than on draft day.

  72. shackdelrio says: Feb 3, 2012 10:48 AM

    “G.M. Gene Smith is responsible for the last three years of Jaguars drafts. Smith just got a contract extension, and his new boss essentially said Smith made the wrong choice to pick defensive tackle Tyson Alualu in 2010. Khan also demeans Smith’s drafting record. (In addition to Smith’s predecessor Shack Harris.)”

    I think it was more a dig at Harris than Smith. In Smith’s first two drafts, his first round picks were cornerstones on the line of scrimmage that started right away. In Harris’ last two drafts, his first round picks were both let go after three awful years.

  73. granadafan says: Feb 3, 2012 7:26 PM

    “beauregard says:
    Feb 2, 2012 8:20 PM
    Patskrieg dot com says: Feb 2, 2012 6:51 PM

    You’re right, all he saw was Tebow beating the NFL’s # 1 defense to move on to the next round of the playoffs.

    Bet ya feel kind of silly now don’t ya.”
    =======================================================

    Then the next week he lost spectacularly to the NFL’s worst defense in the Patriots. Bet ya feel kind of silly now don’t ya.

  74. bonniebengal says: Mar 11, 2012 12:58 PM

    Khan is a business man and Tebow is a money maker even without stepping on the field. That being said, I like Tebow and I think any team that really gives him a chance will be glad they did so. He is going to succeed in the NFL.

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