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Shad Khan: Jags can go from horrible to very competitive

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Months after his team completed a 2-14 season, Jaguars owner Shad Khan is feeling good about the possibility of a big turnaround.

In a CBS interview that focused mostly on Khan’s impressive journey from penniless immigrant to billionaire, Khan talked a little bit about how the Jaguars can see their fortunes turn around quickly. And he said that he sees no reason the Jaguars can’t go from the bottom of the league to the top in short order.

“The competitive balance in the league is unprecedented in the world,” Khan said. “The NFL really defines that, where you could be horrible one year and be very competitive the next year. The elements of a hard salary cap, the draft, scheduling, those all really come into it.”

Khan’s comments echo those of Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who said his own 2-14 team can go from worst to first. And in the NFL, where every year a team goes from last place to the playoffs, they might both be right.

Although no matter how confident Khan and Smith are, I wouldn’t bet on a Chiefs-Jaguars playoff game in nine months.

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34 Responses to “Shad Khan: Jags can go from horrible to very competitive”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 2, 2013 2:31 PM

    …Then he said, “April Fools!”

  2. fredsingleton says: Apr 2, 2013 2:32 PM

    Did he just call his team horrible? Haha too funny. At least he’s right.

  3. sickoe47 says: Apr 2, 2013 2:35 PM

    The jags haven’t been relative since the handle bar mustache was in. No offence Mr khan.

  4. iced107 says: Apr 2, 2013 2:36 PM

    Although no matter how confident Khan and Smith are, I wouldn’t bet on a Chiefs-Jaguars playoff game in nine months.

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    Ha, yea.. and winner faces The Raiders for the AFC title.

    /sarcasm off

  5. Patskrieg dot com says: Apr 2, 2013 2:44 PM

    And they’ll accomplish this by bringing high quality free agents like Antuan Molden, letting MJD’s lead blocker walk, drafting poorly, and living with all the mistakes of the former regime whose names start with Blaine and end with Gabbert with no real inclination of change anywhere.

    Sounds foolproof.

  6. the3rain3maker says: Apr 2, 2013 2:49 PM

    Not with Blaine “Blame On Me” Gabbery playing scared at QB.

    Russell “The Robot” Wilson does not get scared.

    GO HAWKS!

  7. jdphx says: Apr 2, 2013 2:55 PM

    Ahhh… The optimism of Spring.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 2, 2013 2:55 PM

    Jags have the four pillars of success in place. Best young (relatively speaking) owner in the league. Best young General Manager in the league. Best young Head Coach in the league. Best young starting quarterback in the league. Soon we’ll be able to drop the “young” and just go with “best”. In all four areas.

  9. rg3andthensome says: Apr 2, 2013 3:00 PM

    Let’s all just admit the browns are the bottom of the league!

  10. buhbay1c says: Apr 2, 2013 3:08 PM

    Normally I’d say something sarcastic, but my squad went from 3-13 to a wild card so it is possible.

  11. swagjag says: Apr 2, 2013 3:08 PM

    @Patskrieg Way to show you have no clue what the Jags have done since Caldwell became GM.

  12. 509seahawks says: Apr 2, 2013 3:13 PM

    logicalvoice for once actually said something logical.

  13. milkmandanimal says: Apr 2, 2013 3:17 PM

    All this headline needs to be accurate is to add the words “if we join the Arena Football League” to the end of it.

  14. reed20fence says: Apr 2, 2013 3:22 PM

    As the first minority to own a team outright, I’d say more than just Jags fans are rooting for him.

  15. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 2, 2013 3:24 PM

    They can be a very competitive doormat with thegreatgabbert in place.

    The worst teams in the league:
    1. Jaguars
    2. Browns
    3. Bills
    4. Cardinals
    5. Jets

  16. prettyboyjag says: Apr 2, 2013 3:27 PM

    Pretty sure he was just talking about the NFL in general and not making a statement like he expects the team to be a playoff team this year. He already said this was going to be a complete rebuild that will take time. Don’t go twisting Papa Khan’s words.

  17. kenudo says: Apr 2, 2013 3:27 PM

    Jags have the four pillars of success in place. Best young (relatively speaking) owner in the league. Best young General Manager in the league. Best young Head Coach in the league. Best young starting quarterback in the league. Soon we’ll be able to drop the “young” and just go with “best”. In all four areas.

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    Honestly this wasn’t completely ridiculous until the QB part. I wouldn’t call Shad, Caldwell and Bradley best anything but they certainly all seem to be very promising at doing what they do. If the Jags could just find that QB to go with them, they could turn the franchise back around.

  18. ccjcsr says: Apr 2, 2013 3:29 PM

    You have to be mediocre in order to make the jump to competitiveness!
    #bwareofthemustache

  19. mkmoorebrowns says: Apr 2, 2013 3:41 PM

    It’s easy to be a redskins fan. It’s hard to be a jags fan…

    As a cleveland fan, I know how you feel.

  20. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 2, 2013 3:43 PM

    With the #1 pick of the 2014 NFL draft the Jacksonville Jaguars select…………………………..

  21. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 2, 2013 3:44 PM

    Ron Jeremy owns the jaguars????

  22. pigskinwizzard says: Apr 2, 2013 3:58 PM

    Well, gurus, the Jags play the Titans twice. Who you taken?

  23. therillest says: Apr 2, 2013 4:13 PM

    I agree with Khan, but that’s only works if you spend some money in free agency on GOOD players and not cheap castoffs cool sir!

  24. emma333 says: Apr 2, 2013 4:19 PM

    If you watched the actual interview, Khan didn’t use the term “horrible” to describe the team that he owns. But if it grabs headlines, then I guess it’s ok to misquote him, right?

  25. onbucky96 says: Apr 2, 2013 4:24 PM

    KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHN!

  26. floratiotime says: Apr 2, 2013 4:27 PM

    Oh he’ll tie them to the railroad tracks.

  27. rollteal says: Apr 2, 2013 4:28 PM

    I’m not gonna agree with that they have a model of how they want to build this team and they don’t want to be cap strapped doing so. When in 2/3 years when the team is in full on playoff contention they can afford to sign those key FA’s they want that will put the team over the top.

  28. rollteal says: Apr 2, 2013 4:30 PM

    You’ve just got to draft right and hit home runs on your 1st rounders and nail pretty good ones with your 2nd & 3rd picks and get a few diamonds once and while later on in the 3 day & rookie FA while adding to roster depth.

  29. laserw says: Apr 2, 2013 5:07 PM

    The Jaguars owner is just creepy.

  30. therillest says: Apr 2, 2013 6:27 PM

    rollteal said,

    “You’ve just got to draft right and hit home runs on your 1st rounders and nail pretty good ones with your 2nd & 3rd picks and get a few diamonds once and while later on in the 3 day & rookie FA while adding to roster depth.”
    ___________________________________

    Yep, its that easy! Wonder why all the teams just don’t do that??

  31. blancodiablo says: Apr 2, 2013 7:10 PM

    The problem with Jacksonville is the fans. The owner doesnt have to do a thing in the offseason, yet drones like “greatgabbert” will continue to pony up his Burger King salary to watch horrible football. Jaguars annual marketing theme is to guilt people into buying tickets no matter how awful the team is for fear the team is leaving. Not working this time.

  32. mythaimyke says: Apr 2, 2013 7:19 PM

    DREAMER or just dumb?

  33. emma333 says: Apr 2, 2013 10:06 PM

    blancodiablo says:The problem with Jacksonville is the fans. The owner doesnt have to do a thing in the offseason, yet drones like “greatgabbert” will continue to pony up his Burger King salary to watch horrible football. Jaguars annual marketing theme is to guilt people into buying tickets no matter how awful the team is for fear the team is leaving. Not working this time.

    There has been no guilting with the new regime, blanco, but you are not paying attention. The team has been pretty bad for the past couple of years, we get that, but no one is claiming, fearing that the team is leaving….are you living in 2009? You know, the last year that there was a blackout?

  34. jagfan4ever says: Apr 2, 2013 10:53 PM

    The JAGS will rise again. It starts with 2013 Draft….I still BELIEVE.

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