Shahid R. Khan, who agreed this week to acquire the Jacksonville Jaguars, has coveted an N.F.L. team for several years. Khan’s love of football was nurtured at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and his riches as an auto parts manufacturer made the dream possible.
Two things buzzed around the Jaguars' offense as things fell apart this season, producing a 3-8 record that got Jack Del Rio fired. The wide receivers were insufficiently coached by the inexperienced Johnny Cox. [+] Enlarge AP Photo/Rick Wilson Jaguars' interim coach Mel Tucker made several moves on Wednesday. Rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert wasn’t getting as much quality, hands on coaching from quarterback coach Mike Sheppard as he needed.
In Gene Smith’s view, much around the Jaguars must improve, and it must improve soon. That includes him. Smith, who on an eventful Tuesday morning agreed to a three-year contract extension to remain general manager of the Jaguars, said without question a lot of elements around the organization must take steps forward in the immediate future. One of those things is his department.
The Jaguars have added incentive to fill EverBank Field Monday night when they host the San Diego Chargers. They will be welcoming their future owner, Shahid Khan, to his first game since his purchase of the team was announced. "We want to send a strong message to the new owner that this community is behind the team," said Macky Weaver, the team’s senior vice president, sales and marketing.
Jaguars interim head coach Mel Tucker started making moves right away to shake up the NFL's 32nd-ranked offense. Tucker fired receivers coach Johnny Cox and moved quarterbacks coach Mike Sheppard to receivers. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will add quarterbacks coaching to his coordinating duties. All of the Jaguars coaches' contracts expire at the end of the season.
The changes continued on Wednesday for the Jacksonville Jaguars, though not as dramatically. Jaguars interim head coach Mel Tucker fired receivers coach Johnny Cox. Tucker moved quarterbacks coach Mike Sheppard into Cox’s role and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will coach the quarterbacks in addition to calling the plays on offense.
The Jaguars' lease for EverBank Field includes steep barriers to the team moving elsewhere before it expires in 2027. The biggest hurdle: The team would have to show that it's losing money, a claim that would open its books to public scrutiny and probably invite litigation.