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Jaguars owner knows his top need — a quarterback


Jaguars owner Shad Khan hasn’t been in the NFL business long, but he’s already learned two important, and expensive lessons.

A quarterback is by-far the No. 1 [thing to have] … that’s a key component,” Khan said at the owners meeting, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times Union. “In the meanwhile, you can’t just throw your hands up. There is story after story and Seattle and San Francisco are great examples – they had a great team and said, ‘OK, maybe there is a missing piece.’ And that’s what they worked on.”

Even though the Jaguars re-signed Chad Henne, they’re still expected to go looking for a quarterback, if not with the third overall pick, then early in the process. They need to, as they had a roster that looked capable in other areas, but lacking under center.

But Khan’s not prepared to spend big on free agents to get his team to the playoffs, having been burned by the spending of his previous regime, which led him to believe they were a player or two away from the postseason before a 2-14 season.

“I’ve been in the league two years and the first year, we were two players away from making the playoffs so we spent $40 million in free agency on 2-3 players and we know what happened,” Khan said. “Certainly I’ve learned my lesson. If you look at the team that are successful, they’re going to be built through the draft and some missing pieces will be filled in with free agency. That is the formula for success.”

The Jaguars have taken a broad-based approach to free agency this year, bringing in multiple players who will help solidify things, and finding a cheap young quarterback who can lead them will allow them to stockpile more parts in the future.

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28 Responses to “Jaguars owner knows his top need — a quarterback”
  1. razzlejag says: Mar 25, 2014 11:42 AM

    Shad is the man. Building the largest video boards in the world along with pools, cabanas and palm trees in the stadium.

  2. bobleblah says: Mar 25, 2014 11:50 AM

    They are going to love Shad in London.

  3. NoobTubeTV says: Mar 25, 2014 11:54 AM

    He looks like Wario. That is all.

  4. kaeptaincrunch says: Mar 25, 2014 12:00 PM

    Tebow! Lol why not? He’s from the area… At best, he’ll put fans in those tarp covered seats and can compete for the #2 or #3 spot on the QB depth chart.

  5. smalltownqb says: Mar 25, 2014 12:01 PM

    Take Manziel Jags. You need a spark.

  6. astrategyexpert says: Mar 25, 2014 12:03 PM

    There’s no question that this is a passing league. That makes the quarterback the most important position on your roster. He’s the one who throws the football. If it were running the Jaguars organization, this would be my top priority right now.

  7. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 25, 2014 12:06 PM

    I can almost guarantee the Jaguars won’t take a quarterback with the fourth overall pick.

  8. rjg427 says: Mar 25, 2014 12:13 PM

    Photo Caption: Don’t worry about it Shad, not everyone can be a winner like me. You’ll get there.

  9. sportsnut101 says: Mar 25, 2014 12:15 PM

    Take a qb later drafter Sammy Watkins if he his still there

  10. rjwalnuts says: Mar 25, 2014 12:23 PM

    This guy learned his lesson in 2 years while the clown running the Cowboys still thinks he has the magic formula for success, lol joke…

  11. ravenswhat says: Mar 25, 2014 12:26 PM

    Khaaaaaaaan also mentioned he was looking for a good striker and mid-fielder. When questioned, he mentioned its tough to keep track of all of the teams he owns.

  12. kcflake says: Mar 25, 2014 12:31 PM

    I’m surprised the Jags didn;t make a push for Mark Sanchez. I don;t think he is a world beater, but is better than anything on their roster. Josh Freeman and Terrell pryor would be other qbs to consider.

  13. jimmyt says: Mar 25, 2014 12:33 PM

    I like Kahn, he is a good guy. Self-made zillionaire. Gonna make a great owner. Besides he negotiated Stan Kroenke’s deal to buy the Rams for him free of charge.

  14. kentonjk says: Mar 25, 2014 12:36 PM

    One thing is knowing you need a QB. It’s another story finding one. Ask Gene Smith, it cost him his job along with several other misses in the draft as well as free agency

  15. rukkus1 says: Mar 25, 2014 12:37 PM

    Sammy Watkins or Jadveon Clowney.

    Those are special players. You can limp thru the year with Chad Henne.

    get a qb in the 2nd Rd or next year.

  16. johnnyjagfan says: Mar 25, 2014 1:07 PM

    He went big in FA that first year because Gene was trying to buy his job security by gambling on Aaron (Was Just Like a Vacation) Ross, Laurent (Dallas #3 WRs always look good) Robinson and drafting that immature mess at QB and Blackmon’s drunk a$s. Fail. Reconstruction well underway. Sober up Blackmon and let’s get a QB in that 3rd pick!

  17. britishraven says: Mar 25, 2014 1:14 PM

    Jags fans should be a little concerned that Fulham are about to get relegated over here which is going to cost him potentially hundreds of millions to sort out. If you think NFL head coaching changes are crazy – Fulham are on their third manager this season and it’s quite likely this guy will be gone at the end of the season!

  18. fordmandalay says: Mar 25, 2014 1:14 PM

    Mark Sanchez is still available.

  19. dlr4skins says: Mar 25, 2014 1:15 PM

    Whose the guy with Ron Jeremy?

  20. skolisstupid says: Mar 25, 2014 1:18 PM

    Who has a better mustache? Kahn or wulf? Minnesota. Skol. Ice fishing.

  21. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Mar 25, 2014 2:09 PM

    For what it’s worth, Henne actually played pretty solid football for the Jags last year — and got that team to respectability when he was behind center.

    Gabbert is definitely NOT the answer – nor was he ever was when the Jags drafted him out of Mizzou either. Just a blown pick — and a lot of Khan’s $.

  22. kozar19 says: Mar 25, 2014 2:42 PM

    The chances Cleveland takes a QB at # 4 are pretty low. But everyone assumes it so their non-QB slips another spot. At this point Watkins or Robinson are looking most likely at the four pick.

  23. kane337 says: Mar 25, 2014 4:18 PM

    Draft Johnny. Sign Tebow as backup. Instant success, popularity, recognition, media frenzy, ticket sales skyrocket, and puts the team on the map.

  24. coach39 says: Mar 25, 2014 4:32 PM

    If Henne is our opening day QB, fans will be watching one of the most inept QB who was a disaster in Miami and hasn’t shown the ability to move the chains. This guy would be booed out of a job if he played in NY

  25. cwk22 says: Mar 25, 2014 8:01 PM

    Henne was a joke in Miami. Fourth and ten and he throws to guys two yards deep. Bad decision making, poor throws, bad reads. Only Gabbert was worse….

  26. rightfootricky says: Mar 25, 2014 8:24 PM

    I’m thinking we draft Sammy Watkins with the third round pick. If Blackmon act right I think we’ll have a really nice wr corp draft either AJ McCarran or Zach Mettenberger and try to make a trade for Ryan Mallett from New England Patriots. Qbs would be Ryan Mallett Chad Henne & McCarran or Mettenberger Starting four wr Blackmon Shorts Watkins & Sanders.

  27. thommyberlin says: Mar 25, 2014 9:18 PM

    If Clowney is gone, Watkins looks good. Blackmon is likely a casualty, and that leaves a nasty hole in the receiver corps.

    However, I think Dave Caldwell wants more picks.

    Tebow… Well… I understand the Jacksonville Sharks are looking for a quarterback.

  28. okeedokeesmokee says: Mar 26, 2014 12:37 PM


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