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Jaguars owner “embarrassed,” vows to get the “right people”

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In his first season as the owner of the Jaguars, Shad Khan is embarrassed by what he has seen on the field.

That’s the word Khan used on Jaguars All Access on Action News 47, in an appearance in which he made clear that he knows the 1-7 team has to get a lot better.

It’s embarrassing but there are better days ahead,” Khan said, via the Florida Times-Union. “I’m deeply grateful to the fans for supporting us. They’ve done their part. Now we have to do our part.”

Khan indicated that he’ll run this business the same way he ran the auto parts company that made him a billionaire.

“Whether it’s a football team or an auto parts company, you need three things: Right people in the right spots, processing and decision making that’s right and you need support from fans, sponsors or owners,” Khan said. “We have to finish the season. You can’t be rushing to judgment. I wish life was that simple, that you could hire and fire people and things would change. I am committed to building a sustainable, winning organization.”

Khan says he will not meddle in the football decisions and will not decide who the Jaguars sign in free agency or draft in April, but he will make some hard decisions about who the Jaguars need in place to make those decisions.

“I’m not a talent evaluator so I’ll let you guys be the judge of that. My job is to get the people who evaluate the talent,” Khan said.

Those comments don’t speak well for the job security Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith.

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47 Responses to “Jaguars owner “embarrassed,” vows to get the “right people””
  1. FinFan68 says: Nov 6, 2012 6:23 AM

    This guy “gets it”. I think this is the right attitude for an owner to have and the way he handled the MJD situation was almost perfect, IMHO. The Jags are a mess but he looks like a guy that knows how to fix it. I don’t see him hanging on to something that clearly isn’t working. Better days are ahead for Jaguars fans

  2. joetoronto says: Nov 6, 2012 6:25 AM

    But will he open up his wallet, that’s the question.

    Until he does, this team is in the mix for L.A.

  3. jaxuar says: Nov 6, 2012 6:29 AM

    Hurry up!!!

  4. staugjag says: Nov 6, 2012 6:31 AM

    FINALLY! !!
    Gene smith should have Been let go with Del Rio if not sooner. The guy has no clue on how to draft or evaluate talent or deal in free agency or anything to do with personal. The worst GM in football no question

  5. realisticbunglesfan says: Nov 6, 2012 6:32 AM

    I hope Jags fans appreciate him coming out and saying that. You wouldn’t catch Mike Brown admitting any fault or taking responsibility for what his organization has produced. Or promising any improvement… at least from what I can recall…

  6. flaccodelic says: Nov 6, 2012 6:40 AM

    I didn’t even know Ron Jeremy owned a football team.

  7. lionsgonewild says: Nov 6, 2012 6:44 AM

    the wrath of

  8. randallflagg52 says: Nov 6, 2012 6:45 AM

    Once again, hats off to whom ever finds these pictures for PFT. Give that man a raise, always funny stuff.

  9. randallflagg52 says: Nov 6, 2012 6:47 AM

    Also when did Shad Khan find the time to run an NFL franchise with his busy schedule tying women to railroad tracks?

  10. z561 says: Nov 6, 2012 6:48 AM

    It’s all part of Khan’s elaborate plan to cause blackouts so the Jags can move out of Jacksonville and play half of their home games in London and the other half in Los Angeles. Then he will trade a first round pick for Tebow to put butts in the stands and get rid of the tarps. And then…championship?

  11. jc1958cool says: Nov 6, 2012 6:54 AM

    auto parts and people are the same? what a TURD!!! typical out of touch billionaire, think you can buy everything, @$$hole

  12. zurnvs says: Nov 6, 2012 6:58 AM

    Jerry jones should read this, get the right football people and get the f— out of the way. If they can’t do the job then u step back in. Shad will be interesting to watch over the next few years. I’m not a fan of Jacksonville, but if I was I would be somewhat encouraged.

  13. fuglyflorio says: Nov 6, 2012 7:05 AM

    Too bad there’s not a competition for ‘strangest owner’. It’d be Khan and Jerry Jones in that Superbowl every year.

  14. paredskinwarrior1985 says: Nov 6, 2012 7:15 AM

    Dan Snyder should too

  15. csilojohnson says: Nov 6, 2012 7:19 AM

    jc1958cool, think you went of the handle there a little bit? He just said running a buisness is the same no matter the industry. You need the same things to succeed. Read it then comprehend it before you post your garbage.

  16. phinfan says: Nov 6, 2012 7:20 AM

    Today i shall leave you how you left me, marooned for all eternity on some dead planet buried alive! Buried alive buried alive…


  17. pdmjr says: Nov 6, 2012 7:25 AM

    Khan always looks like that, very enlightened, and personable

  18. fieldysnuts says: Nov 6, 2012 7:27 AM

    @z561 How many blackouts have the Jags had recently? How much did he spend on the locker room? Jags aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Khan will turn this around.

  19. jintzforever says: Nov 6, 2012 7:27 AM

    Jerry J could learn a lot just by reading this story.

    How about them Cowjokes?

  20. glowingstone says: Nov 6, 2012 7:27 AM

    He should be embarrassed by that picture, too.

  21. pftmaniac says: Nov 6, 2012 7:43 AM

    Shad is the coolest owner in all of professional sports!

  22. northshorejag says: Nov 6, 2012 7:47 AM

    He should be.

    This is a franchise low. We’re by far the worst team in the league.

  23. ogre2010 says: Nov 6, 2012 7:54 AM

    Will you tell Gene to go?!!

  24. watchfullhose says: Nov 6, 2012 7:57 AM

    This guy had all kinds of things to be embarrassed about…..starting with that Dick Tracy suit.

  25. kordogg says: Nov 6, 2012 7:57 AM

    Is it just me or Does Kahn look like Gene Shalit a little? Anyway Andy Reid will probably still have his job by the end of the season. There is always an excuse for him,but his firing could happen. I also got the Major League reference above Eagles, good choice.

  26. alewatcher says: Nov 6, 2012 7:59 AM

    jc1958cool says: Nov 6, 2012 6:54 AM

    auto parts and people are the same? what a TURD!!! typical out of touch billionaire, think you can buy everything, @$$hole
    Total reading comprehension fail. Nice try, @sshole.

  27. east96st says: Nov 6, 2012 7:59 AM

    Wait. I’m confused. When I, and dozens of others, ripped Jacksonville for wasting a third rounder on a punter, we were all lectured by Jags fans that “field position” is “everything” in the NFL and we had NO idea what we were talking about. So, it turns out that a third round punter was NOT all this team needed to make the playoffs? Who knew?

    “I think it will be evident when you get a chance to see him punt: He’s got a strong history which I feel will transfer to this level in helping us defensively with the yardage we can gain in field position,” general manager Gene Smith said.“… He’s the player in that round at your pick that you feel can upgrade your football team. I think that’s an easy decision for me, to get a starter in the third round.”

    The guy should have been fired ten seconds after saying that.

  28. clownsfan says: Nov 6, 2012 8:02 AM

    I think he meant auto parts are like people in that they are interchangeable. Finding the right part /person makes the engine/organization run more efficiently. Ya dig?

  29. bigdawg24 says: Nov 6, 2012 8:08 AM

    I wish the KC Cheaps had an owner who cares like Kahn does. The only thing Clark Hunt cares about is cashing checks from KC fans.

  30. sufferingphilsfan says: Nov 6, 2012 8:09 AM

    When did Ron Jeremy buy the Jags?

  31. randallflagg52 says: Nov 6, 2012 8:10 AM

    All jokes aside, Kahn seems like a very passionate owner. Just what the Jags need.

  32. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 6, 2012 8:30 AM

    Thank God. Khan basically just said Gene is gone. He has to make this move or the core of the fan base is gone. I’m glad he’s embarrassed. Maybe one day he’ll look back on his rookie season as an owner and laugh. I hope so. He’s got enough money to build a winner. It starts with talent & since Gene was an assistant GM and recommended that moron R. Jay Soward as our first rounder, he’s never been able to really hit on anyone. Dec. 31 Gene gets the axe and hopefully he can coax a real winner from his job to come to the beaches and live and work.

  33. luckyarmpit says: Nov 6, 2012 9:16 AM

    Hear that, Jerry Jones? Someone that doesn’t know anything about football, doesn’t mess with football operations. Kahn seems to be smart. Takes notes, Jerrah.

  34. dacharger1 says: Nov 6, 2012 9:21 AM

    Umm jc1958cool…you obviously did not read the whole article!! He said you cannot just hire and fire people but will make tough decisions to put the right people in those positions to make those decisions.. he said there was 3 things needed to make a successful sustainable orginization. None included money you idiot. Learn to read and comprehend!! Turd..

  35. cereal blogger says: Nov 6, 2012 9:22 AM

    Mr Khan, your GM selected a punter in Rnd 3

  36. cereal blogger says: Nov 6, 2012 9:24 AM

    Khan’s pic is funny,,,”show me sassy, who is the big guy huh ? Who is the boss??”

  37. kayakattack says: Nov 6, 2012 9:44 AM

    Khan has no interest in L.A. He is all about London.

  38. shackdelrio says: Nov 6, 2012 9:50 AM

    Khan is going to clean house this offseason. New GM, new coach. Cost will not be an issue.

  39. ernie ernie says: Nov 6, 2012 10:07 AM

    Shad I hear there is a sale on with running backs, O linemen, Pass rushers etc. all in aisle five.
    Its never about the money but having players available to turn things around. You only get so many picks, salary caps and such, improvement like this takes years Shad baby. Take a seat and enjoy, its a long ride baby!

  40. mz1394 says: Nov 6, 2012 10:38 AM

    if hes so concerned about getting the right people why did he hire a head coach that quit the last time he was one. Khan wont be as lucky as theres no way mularkey will get a head coaching job after this . So unless khan willing to eat the contracts of mularkey and his assistants nothing will change in the near future

  41. dolfan66r says: Nov 6, 2012 10:46 AM

    Better days in Los Angeles are coming soon!

  42. jimbobobjr says: Nov 6, 2012 11:06 AM

    Khan… I’m laughing at the superior intellect.

  43. udtfrogmanvet says: Nov 6, 2012 11:07 AM

    In the NFL you need three things to succeed, as well. Offense, defense and special teams.
    BTW, has anybody thought that drafting a punter in the third round (top 10 third) that the Jags realized they’ll be doing a lot of punting? BAnger is on the field more than the 3rd wideout.

  44. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 6, 2012 11:51 AM

    I didn’t even know Ron Jeremy owned a football team.

    lol u took the words right outta my mouth!!!

  45. sactogary says: Nov 6, 2012 12:02 PM

    z561 says:Nov 6, 2012 6:48 AM

    It’s all part of Khan’s elaborate plan to cause blackouts so the Jags can move out of Jacksonville and play half of their home games in London and the other half in Los Angeles. Then he will trade a first round pick for Tebow to put butts in the stands and get rid of the tarps. And then…championship?
    Just so I understand… he’s going to move the team OUT of Tebow’s home town, and then trade for Tebow to put “butts in the stands and get rid of the tarps”? Why would they have tarps in LA or London? Why would having Tebow put “butts in the stands” in LA or London?

  46. Patskrieg dot com says: Nov 6, 2012 12:23 PM

    If you want to know about this team’s ability to evaluate talent just look at their RB situation. Almost every team in the NFL has shown an ability to find talented UDFA or otherwise low profile backs to come out of nowhere and either pick up the slack when a franchise back goes down, or add a new element to their offense.

    Their whole team hinges on MJD and the one guy they’ve had backing him up for the last couple seasons is Rashad Jennings: a guy who hasn’t done a single thing.

  47. dirtybird28 says: Nov 6, 2012 3:17 PM

    Jerry Jones, please take notes..

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