|Shahid Khan wants to field a winning team, and he’ll likely do whatever it takes to do so.|
One of the most common sports cliches of all time is, “failure is not an option,” but that may actually be the case for the Jacksonville Jaguars. By all accounts and reports, Shahid Khan has been doing all the right thins as the owner of the Jaguars, and he’s said most of the right things as well. From an outsider’s perspective, it appears that Khan is running the team like a business, which it is, and he’s empowering the “football guys” to do their jobs without interference from the top.
Possibly Khan’s most valuable trait is that he seems to know his own limitations. Khan is more than willing to let guys that know the in-depth strategy of pro football make the important football decisions. He understands that he’s essentially a fan in terms of football knowledge, and he wants to field a great team. To do that, he knows he has to let his football guys do their jobs.
Outside of the football aspects of running a franchise, Khan is an expert. He’s saying virtually everything fans and residents of Jacksonville want to hear. While other teams are fighting to stay away from playing in London, Khan actually wants to spread the Jaguars brand overseas.
Shahid Khan knows his stuff. He knows how to run a business, and he knows that a football team won’t be as successful on the business front as it could be if it isn’t successful on the field.
Wayne Weaver was often criticized by the national media and certainly by Jaguars fans that he was far too patient with Jack Del Rio. Yes, that’s probably true, but being trigger happy is far worse in my opinion. In reality, the middle ground seems to be the place to be, and my feeling is that Shahid Khan stands far closer to the middle ground than Weaver did.
Getting back to our sports cliche of the day, failure is not an option in Jacksonville. Shahid Khan is displaying all the skills and traits necessary to be a great owner in the league, and I don’t think he’s about to let personnel screw it up. I get the feeling he is comfortable firing a guy that’s simply not performing. Where Wayne Weaver seemed unwilling to make some of the necessary moves to put a winner on the field, I think Khan will come through.
It’s entirely possible for the Jaguars to fall flat next season and show no improvement. I don’t think that will be the case, but it is possible. If that does become the case, however, don’t expect the same people to be back in 2013. Shahid Khan wants a winner, and I think he’ll do whatever it takes to get one, and that’s a very, very good thing for the Jaguars and their fans.