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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan appeared on "Jaguars All-Access" to discuss the Jaguars to the midway point, and gave the impression that if things don't change, he will make them change.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a Monday evening local television show called "Jaguars All-Access" which reviews the past game and usually features a player guest. The past episode of the show however featured Jaguars owner Shad Khan, who answered some questions about where the Jaguars are at right now.
"None of the joy is gone, but the responsibility has set it," Khan said when asked if the newness of being an owner has worn off with the struggles of the football team on the field. "It's sad and embarrassing.
"The fans have done their part, now we have to do our part," Khan continued.
The big question obviously was about the fate of Jaguars general manager Gene Smith, who has drawn the ire of most Jaguars fans for his failure to build a talented roster over the past three seasons. When asked, Khan said he didn't want to speak on the talent evaluation because he's not a talent evaluator
"I'm not a talent evaluator so I'll let you guys be the judge of that," Khan said. "My job is to get the people who evaluate the talent. 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.
."Whether it's a football team or an auto parts company, you need three things," Khan explained. "Right people in the right spots, processing and decision making and you need support from fans, sponsors or owners. 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."
Khan simply said that the Jaguars must finish the season and you can't rush to judgement, and when the season is done you evaluate where the Jaguars are at.
"The fans have done everything. We asked them to be All In, they're All In," Khan said. "It's very obvious as a player, coach or fan, this is not a good thing."
"If I was in their shoes (fans) I'd be saying the same thing," Khan told All-Access hosts Jeff Lageman and Bren Martineau when he was asked what fans say to him in public, venting their frustrations. "You have to think about the actions, reactions, and what the end game is."
It was a pretty clear and concise message that Khan sent on the program, in not as blunt fashion as Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams. By Khan's words, it sounds like if things don't drastically improve, there will be changes made.