The crowd cheered, and the man in the black suit and the moustache smiled. Shahid Khan, less than two weeks after taking over sole ownership of the Jaguars, stood in front of a crowd of 6,789 fans at the Ready to Rise Rally at EverBank Field Tuesday night. As the crowd roared and yelled his name, Khan delivered a simple, direct message. "Only in America," he said, then added with a smile: "Jacksonville – I’m all in."
Mark Duffner got the call before anyone knew much for certain. This was early last week, before Mike Mularkey interviewed for the Jaguars’ head coaching job. Mularkey wanted to know if Duffner would agree to remain as linebackers coach if Mularkey indeed got the position. Duffner said he would, and Mularkey did.
Offensive player of the year: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars running back. Runner up: Arian Foster, Texans running back. It’s hard to fathom that Jones-Drew was the NFL rushing champ considering that defenses could regularly key on him without fear of any real threat from the passing offense, which ranked dead last in the NFL. He showed no signs of wearing down and averaged 100 yards a game. It felt like a waste on a five-win team. Foster missed some action early with hamstring issues or he would have likely challenged Jones-Drew in rushing yards. He’s a tremendous combination of power and speed and does excellent work as a pass catcher.
As the Jaguars fill out their coaching staff, faces familiar to the state of Florida are surfacing. The Jaguars will interview former Gators and Illinois coach Ron Zook for an assistant coaching position Wednesday. Jacksonville also reached an agreement with former Jaguars player Marlon McCree to be their assistant defensive backs coach and will retain another former player in Paul Spicer as assistant defensive line coach.
New Jaguars owner Shahid Khan promised a bright future to an enthusiastic crowd of 6,789 fans during a pep rally at EverBank Field on Tuesday night that was billed as the start of the rebirth of the Jaguars. "We’re going to have a lot of fun together and we’re going to win together," Khan told the fans in the South end zone.