Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver made headlines on Tuesday as he announced the firing of head coach Jack Del Rio and the sale of the team to businessman Shahid Khan. While defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will take over as the Jaguars' interim head coach, other more important questions were answered about the Jaguars' immediate and long-term future.
Khan has reportedly agreed to keep his new team in Jacksonville, meaning fans of the franchise can stop wondering if their squad is a candidate to head to Los Angeles. Right there is reason No. 1 why Jags fans should embrace Khan's ownership.
Also announced on Tuesday was the signing of general manager Gene Smith to a three-year extension. Whether you like what Smith has done with the Jaguars or not, the move represents an attempt to establish continuity between the old and new ownership and possibly a sign that Khan believes the team is headed in the right direction as far as personnel is concerned.
Khan was born in Pakistan in 1950 and moved to the United States when he was 16. He is based out of Illinois, but Weaver claims the new owner will buy a home in Jacksonville and work from there. He is the owner of automobile parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate, which Forbes claims has an annual revenue of $2.57 billion—so the guy will have money to spend.
While there is apparently nothing written into the deal that assures Khan will keep the team in Jacksonville, Weaver is convinced he will do so.
Jaguars fans should welcome a new direction and new ownership with open arms. Yes, Weaver did a lot for the team during his time, as did the now-departed Del Rio. But clearly new blood was needed for the franchise to turn things around. With new ownership and a new head coach, that new blood has arrived.
All that's left is for Khan to spend some money to bring quality players to town and make the Jaguars competitive again.
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