Earlier this afternoon, the Jaguars issued statements from G.M. Gene Smith and coach Mike Mularkey regarding the return of running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Conspicuous in his silence was owner Shahid Khan.
Khan has now spoken.
“I am delighted that Maurice is back with the Jaguars,” Khan said in a statement released by the organization. “I know Maurice will be very impressed with the winning environment and attitude that Coach Mularkey has created, and I am sure MJD’s teammates are fired up to welcome him home. The Jaguars are a better football team today than we were yesterday, and now our entire franchise can move forward together and as one. Nothing more needs to be said. Go Jaguars!”
It was wise for Khan to embrace Jones-Drew, without pointing to the contract scoreboard or spiking the proverbial football. Khan won his showdown with Jones-Drew — and now the team and the players need to focus on coming together and winning when it really counts.