Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan has a more level head than many of the fans of his team.
After a disappointing 1-7 start to the 2012 season, Jaguars fans have built up a thirst for sweeping change that would breathe new life into a franchise that has fallen into a losing funk in recent years.
That change would start at the top of the football operations with general manager Gene Smith. Smith, who has been in charge of all the Jaguars football decisions since 2009, has a dismal 21-35 record since taking over. Smith has been at the center of fans ire for a long time and the fact that his teams have gotten progressively worse every year since he took over does not bode well for his future with the Jaguars.
However, despite the poor start to his first season as an NFL owner, Khan is in no rush to make a judgment on the people who make the football decisions in his organization. Khan put to rest the notion that he would fire Smith or Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey during the season on Wednesday.
“This will be something for me to reflect on at the end of the season,” he said.
Khan is clearly not happy with the product Smith and Mularkey have put out on the field this season and at this point it appears that only a miraculous second half turnaround would save their jobs at this point. Khan pointed out that the roster that Smith has constructed is currently the sixth highest payroll currently in the NFL, for that kind of money Khan should be seeing better results on the field.
“There are certain companies and organizations that win over time and certain companies and organizations that lose over time,” Khan said. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s auto parts or football, you know which organizations are where. The most important thing for me is that this organization that’s going to win over time.”
Khan was also eager to point out that not all is bad in the Jaguars organization. Despite the poor record, the Jaguars currently rank 21st in the league in ticket sales this season. The Jaguars have also signed on several new sponsors and are adding more revenue streams by agreeing to play one home game in London for the next four seasons.
Khan does understand that if his team continues to lose, the fans and sponsors will slowly go away, but he seems determined not to let that happen. Jaguars fans will just have to patiently wait for the off-season to see if those changes come.