if you haven't had the opportunity to listen to Peter King's webcast with Shad Khan http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/podcasts/peter_king/listenlive.player.html?file=http://ht.cdn.turner.com/si/peter_king/audio/2011/12/20/122011.king_khan_mcginn.mp3 do yourself a BIG favor and do so. The next guy who writes or talks about the "LA Jags" will have about as much credibility as Harold Camping.If Shad Khan's interview with Mr. King is any indication of how he operates professionally or who he is as a person, it's easy to understand why he's been so successful. And it's also an early and unmistakable indication of how he will transform the public's perception of the NFL's version of its own red-headed stepchild.
16-year old college freshman from Pakistan who sleeps at the Y and makes $1.20 an hour washing dishes goes on to create a business that grosses $3 billion a year and buys an NFL team.
You'd never know it from his demeanor.
The traits he praises in Gene Smith -- open, honest, thorough, thoughtful, doesn't take offense to being questioned -- are evident during Khan's interview with King. HIs answers are revealing as to who he is as person and what he expects.
What's unexpected, however, is how the interview ends. Khan becomes to inquisitor, peppering King with questions about his perspectives on what makes a good coach, how the NFL should grow its brand overseas, and several other topics. He cleverly praises King as an "NFL guru" and undoubtedly impressed him with his potential be an influential contributor in how the NFL will operate in the future.
My impression is that we have heard the last from Peter King about how the Jags are at the top of or anywhere on a list of teams with the potential to call LA home. And considering the lemming-like nature of national NFL pundits, no one with hopes of appearing credible to a national audience will raise that possibility in the future.