The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off the worst season in franchise history, finishing with a 2-14 record in new owner Shad Khan's first official season as the owner. The reality set in around midseason that the Jaguars were just a mess, roster wise, and a lot of it had to do with past mistakes by general manager Gene Smith, especially in the draft.
Before Wayne Weaver sold the franchise he brought to Jacksonville to Khan, he extended Gene Smith's contract, which raised a lot of eyebrows at the time. Looking back on it, Weaver now admits to the mistakes of the past and takes responsibility for it.
"I take full responsibility for our lack of success in the last few years, but it's not because people didn't work hard. We missed on too many draft classes. You have to be responsible for those mistakes," Weaver told Karen Mathis of The Daily Record, speaking for the first time since the sale of the team.
"We clearly set our franchise back with missing on these early draft classes," Weaver told Mathis. "Many of these choices should have been core players right now on our roster. And when you make those mistakes, it takes you time to rebuild."
The biggest problem for the Jaguars going forward is the mistakes of the past are going to take time to fix, but it's going to be hard to ask fans to sit through another rebuilding project, since they've had to sit through a couple already the past decade.
"I don't think we should have over-expectations but I think we should expect improvement," Weaver told the Daily Record. "I would say improvement would be to win 5-6 games next year, maybe win 6 or 7."