Shad Khan’s time with the Jacksonville Jaguars hasn’t exactly been sunny. Ever since he bought the team in 2011, the Jaguars have lost 54 times. So, following their loss to the Raiders, it was only natural for Khan to reach out to his people in an attempt to better understand the barriers preventing them from achieving success. NFL Lines analysts have been buzzing about this meeting since then.
And one cannot help but wonder whether Khan’s direct intervention will change anything on the ground. Khan reached out to the players and coaches on Monday. And according to reports, the Jaguars owner wasn’t confrontational in his approach.
Instead, he sought to better understand why the Jaguars were not winning more games; he was especially interested in figuring out whether there was anything he could possibly do to change things for the better.
The meeting took place at the Jaguars facility, and, considering their recent performance, the coaches were probably happy with the lighter tone of the gathering, this as opposed to the anger and frustration they expected.
The players were given ample time to express themselves on the issue, with Khan asking several of them to explain why they thought the team was struggling this season. Most players felt free enough to simply speak up, though, without waiting for Khan to directly prompt them, though it is presently unclear which player spoke up and what they said.
The meeting couldn’t have come at a better time. The Jaguars lost 33-16 to the Raiders on Sunday. The EverBank Field game gave Coach Gus Bradley his worst loss in four years.
The team simply didn’t gel, with Marqise Lee receiving a penalty for a racial slur he was heard uttering. There was only one Touchdown the Jaguars could boast of, and the 344 yards they managed were abysmal. And it isn’t like the Raiders were amazing. The Jaguars were simply poor.
Blake Bortles was outplayed by Derek Carr, the Raiders quarterback. Considering his position in the 2014 draft, the fact that Carr has thrown for more touchdown passes (as well as fewer interceptions) than Bortles is embarrassing.
Khan fired the coach and the general manager soon after his first season in 2012, during which the Jaguars went 2-14. Khan chose to bring Dave Caldwell on board, and Caldwell hired Bradley in turn.
The goal was for the pair to work together to rebuild the team. That hasn’t worked out so well, though. Consider the fact that Bradley’s first season ended with the Jaguars going 4-12.
The 2014 season was no better (3-13), and neither was the 2015 season (5-11). Khan’s comments last year suggested that he was getting a little frustrated. $127 million was spent to beef up the defense; however, even the likes of Ramsey and Gipson have under-performed in this new season.
Bortles broke the records for passing touchdowns and passing yards in 2015 but he has really struggled in 2015, this along with Allen Robinson who also impressed in the last season.
Considering the $76 million (of his own money) he spent financing improvements to the EverBank Field, Khan expects to see his investment birth results; Bradley can only keep offering excuses for so long before Khan moves to make drastic changes.
"Blake Bortles is a 'basket case'"
"Shad Khan says no coaching changes"
"One Jags offensive starter says Bortles isn't the answer at QB" pic.twitter.com/SJPllD6p3R
— med (@med11n) October 29, 2016