Jaguars owner Shad Khan calls team's 1-7 record 'embarrassing'
Jaguars owner Shad Khan said that his team's 1-7 record is "embarrassing," but said he wants to "finish the season" before making any snap judgments about those running the team.
It's not something that new owner Shad Khan is very happy about, and he went so far as to call the Jags performance "embarrassing" when speaking on "Jaguars All Access" on Monday night.
"It’s embarrassing, but there are better days ahead," Khan said, per 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."
Jacksonville remains winless at home, and it has the lowest point total in the league. Its top picks from each of the the last two drafts -- quarterback Blaine Gabbert and wide receiver Justin Blackmon -- aren't making the beautiful music that they were supposed to this season.
While Khan isn't trying to make roster decisions right now, he did point out that it's his job "to get the people who evaluate the talent."
"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. "Over time, they’re going to get it right. I don’t want to speak on the talent. The results, we know. Obviously, if you’re a Jaguars fans, Jaguars player or coach, front office, this is not a good thing. We have to move on and produce better results."
Khan never "got" Gene Smith, the current Jaguars general manager, and it's reasonable to wonder if Khan will be happy going forward with his current talent evaluators in place. Regardless, the owner said his plan is to "finish the season."
"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."
Not-so-subtlely buried in that quote about finishing the season, however, is the mention of hiring and firing people to make immediate changes. It's a "positive" quote in that it means he won't start canning people right away.
But it should be a terrifying quote for anyone in the Jags organization, as it's clear Khan is prepared to make changes if things don't improve this season. There are opportunities to do so -- games against the Colts, Bills, Titans, Dolphins and Jets still loom. But if the Jaguars close out this season the way they started, it's hard to imagine Khan's embarrassment not resulting in some people losing their jobs.
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