Shad Khan: ‘I think if you are a Jaguars fan, you should be excited’
Jacksonville Jaguars fans have one of the best owners in the NFL and Shad Khan is ready to deliver on his promise of being competitive.
When Shad Khan bought the team during the 2011 season, Jacksonville Jaguars fans weren’t sure what they had in an owner. Heading into the 2016 season, it’s become apparent that Khan is not only committed to Jacksonville and making the Jaguars viable, but also making the Jaguars consistently competitive.
Khan knows that Jaguars fans are frustrated and that they’ve “suffered enough.” Now is the time to win, and he thinks his plan is the right way to build a team in the NFL. The Jaguars were a long way away from competing when he bought the team and he knew it:
"“One of the temptations is that everybody thinks they have a remodeling project on their hands. There are some teams — the Jaguars would be one — that really, no, it’s a teardown unfortunately…”"
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Khan also acknowledged that other teams approach a rebuild differently but he believes in the plan he’s laid out for the Jaguars:
"“I’m not saying, ‘If we win, this is the blueprint for everybody.’ It’s the blueprint for us.”"
After 4 years of drafting and signing players in free agency, Khan believes the time is now for the Jaguars to put it all together and start winning; he’s encouraging fans to be optimistic about the upcoming season:
"“Now, we have the talent in place, and I think if you are a Jaguars fan, you should be excited and you should have some expectations that we’re going to be a sustainable, winning organization now.”"
The hope now is the Jaguars aren’t just a playoff team in 2016, but also in 2017 and beyond – those are reasonable expectations given the plethora of young talent on the roster.
"“I have expectations that not only are we going to be better, but we’re going to be sustainable and this isn’t going to be a flash in the pan where we’re just going to flame out.”"
There are plenty of reasons to be excited about 2016 and it’s perfectly fair for Khan to raise the expectation for this team given the influx of talent. If the win total doesn’t improve significantly however, big changes could be on the horizon.