Tag:Wayne Weaver
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:27 pm
 

Khan: '100 percent I would have' drafted Tebow

Khan's a big fan of Tebow. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

New Jaguars owner Shahid Khan's done a lot to infuse Jacksonville with a burst of Jaguars-related energy since he bought the team from Wayne Weaver earlier in the year.

But his comments on WOKV radio Thursday should put the wrong kind of energy in the city, as Khan said that

"100 percent I would have [drafted Tebow]" Khan said, via Gregg Rosenthal of PFT. "Absolutely ... Obviously the Rams drafted Sam Bradford, and I was talking to Wayne then on what they ought to do."

"I should have an offline conversation with you, OK? I’m going to absolutely talk your ear off,” Khan told WOKV this week. “Some of the stuff might not be politically correct, but I share your sentiment. I think, when is the next time Jacksonville is going to have an athlete like Tim Tebow?”

But wait -- there's more. Khan, who just signed general manager Gene Smith to a three-year extension, ripped the Jaguars draft history.

"I don’t want to get into 20/20 hindsight, and God help us, the draft record has not been the best with the Jaguars," Khan said.

Khan's correct: the Jaguars draft history hasn't been good, for the most part. (Our pal Maurice Jones-Drew, an absolute steal at 60th overall in 2006, might disagree though.) But if Khan thinks that drafting Tebow at 10th overall in 2010 would've been a smart decision based on anything other than business, he's sorely mistaken.

Which is probably why he told Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union that he would only have taken Tebow "after a trade down." There wasn't a whole lot of room to make that move, of course, because Tebow went just 15 picks later, when Josh McDaniels used one of the Broncos two first-round picks that year on the Florida quarterback.

And there's probably not a lot of room here for Khan either. Perhaps he was just saying that he loves Tim Tebow. Or perhaps he wished the Jags drafted Tebow to crank up the profitability.

But either way, he's undermining his players -- most notably current quarterback Blaine Gabbert --  and his general manager with a statement like that, and it's reason to press pause on the new-ownership party in North Florida.

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Posted on: December 31, 2011 11:42 am
 

Jags owner Weaver regrets firing Tom Coughlin

WeaverBy Josh Katzowitz

With his time as the Jaguars owner coming to an end (the team will be turned over to Shahid Khan next Wednesday), Wayne Weaver took a look back at the past 17 years he was in charge of the organization.

In this interview with the team’s official website, he was in a nostalgic mood and he shared perhaps his biggest regret as owner: firing original head coach Tom Coughlin in 2002.

At the time, Weaver said the franchise needed to go in a new direction -- Coughlin had been there eight years at that point -- and pointed out, “There's a point in this business where you have to say, 'We need innovative new ideas, new fresh approaches,' and you have to move in different directions and that's what this is really all about.”

A decade later, Weaver is remorseful about that stance (which, by the way, must make Jack Del Rio feel pretty special).

“If hindsight you could change, I’ll be honest with you: I probably would have never changed Coughlin,” Weaver said. “I would have tried to have Tom take a step back and just be the coach. I thought about it, but I didn’t think Tom would do it. I thought Tom’s pride would never allow him to take a step back and me take the general manager’s position and all power and say, ‘Go coach the football team.’ He did that in New York, but I thought it would hurt his pride too much.”

Weaver also blamed himself for not fully understanding the salary cap and all its implications when Jacksonville first entered the league. In retrospect, though, it’s easy to regret firing the coach who took your expansion team to the playoffs in four of its first eight seasons.

“If you remember, my three short list names I had narrowed it down to were (Mike) Shanahan, (Tony) Dungy and Tom,” Weaver said. “I hired Tom because I felt he was more autocratic and I felt that not knowing anything about this business I needed somebody where I could say, ‘You set the stage here. You build the platform we have to build this franchise around.’ I felt he would be the best guy to do it and as it turned out, he was the best guy to do it. We had tremendous success. Our draft choices were probably better than the average team at the time. That was Tom’s work ethic. He was very involved and he was a good evaluator. He held people accountable to develop those players.”

Alas, this seems to be Coughlin’s lot in life. He can take your expansion team and make it a winner almost immediately and he can win the Super Bowl for his second franchise, but for some reason, he always seems to be on the precipice of getting fired.

Jacksonville did it and now regrets the move. You wonder if the Giants will make the same mistake.

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Posted on: December 18, 2011 10:27 am
 

Report: Jags move would cost Khan $25M to charity

By Will Brinson

Jaguars fans are thrilled about the prospects of new owner Shahid Khan turning the Jags back into a contender, but they're obviously concerned with the possibility of the team moving. On Thursday night in Atlanta, Khan, having been formally approved to buy the team, said "No" when asked if he would move the team.

But there's reportedly a financial impediment to moving the team as well -- Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports that if Khan moves the team within the next five years, "he would have to donate $25 million to the charity of Wayne Weaver's choice."

That's a substantial chunk of change, and it doesn't take into account what Khan would have to pay to the city of Jacksonville to break the lease with Everbank Stadium, which runs through 2029, either.

According to Jacksonville City Attorney Cindy Laquidara, the lease is "very tight" in terms of limiting the owner from getting out from under it.

Tight enough, in fact, that it would require an owner breaking it to pay 1) base rent; 2) ticket surchage revenues of about $750,000 a year; 3) parking revenues of $250,000; 3) stadium branding revenues of $250,000; 4) and "supplemental rent and all future payments."

Add it all up and one of the attorneys who negotiated the lease told FirstCoastNews.com that it will cost an owner $90 million to move the Jags.

That's before, of course, the $25 million donation to charity that Kahn would reportedly owe. (One has to assume said charity would also be in the Jacksonville area.)

Five years from now, things might change in terms of what Kahn's willing to do in order to move the Jaguars. And if he wanted, he could move them right now. It would just be really expensive and a public-relations nightmare.

So banking on the Jags to bail on Jacksonville in the immediate future doesn't seem like a good bet.

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Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:42 pm
 

NFL owners unanimously approve new Jags owner

By Will Brinson

NFL owners unanimously approved the sale of the Jacksonville Jaguars to Shahid Khan on Wednesday, according to reports.

Wayne Weaver announced the sale of the team to Khan a little over two weeks ago, the same day that Jack Del rio was fired as Jaguars coach.

Khan was then recommended by the NFL's finance committee (Weaver was a member, though he recused himself from voting) to the full group of NFL owners for a vote to approve him for Jaguars ownership.

That vote took place in Irving, Texas as the NFL owners meeting, and Khan was unanimously approved as the new Jaguars owner, according to multiple reports.

Khan now faces a number of daunting challenges, including the decision as to whether or not he should stay in Jacksonville.

The newest NFL owner couldn't comment specifically on the team staying in north Florida, but said that fans "will not be disappointed" when asked about moving the franchise.

Khan must also go about hiring his first head coach (GM Gene Smith signed an extension shortly before the team was sold) and work on boosting lagging attendance in Jacksonville.

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Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:15 am
 

Brian Billick not interested in Jaguars job

Posted by Will Brinson

On Tuesday, the Jaguars went and fired long-time coach Jack Del Rio. Around that time, we put together a list of potential candidates for the job in Jacksonville, with varying degrees of experience and success.

Well, we can already cross one guy off the list, as former Ravens coach Brian Billick, now an analyst with the NFL Network, isn't interested in the gig.

"They’re looking for young and cheap, and I'm neither," Billick said on the NFL Network Tuesday, via NFL.com.

It's a bit insulting, I guess, to assume to that the Jaguars will be "cheap," even if Billicks' correct. (And a bit, um, something to presume that Billick will command "not cheap" money, even if he does have a Super Bowl on his résumé.)

As we noted on the latest podcast, Billick is a sensible candidate for many teams, but he might not work for the Jaguars, who are more likely to go with a coordinator than a big-name head coach.

Shahid Khan is the new owner and presumably will have a hand in hiring the newest coach. (Would you buy a new Honda Civic and let your cousin drive it first? I didn't think so.) So there's a chance he starts slinging around cash.

The more likely scenario, though, is that the Jaguars look towards an up-and-coming coordinator. Given where that job stands in terms of stature and security, it's much more likely that Jacksonville can land someone looking for their first gig than an experienced name.

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Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 11:58 pm
 

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Posted by Will Brinson

It's just another run-of-the-mill NFL news day in Jacksonville, Florida on Tuesday. First, Jack Del Rio was fired this morning, and now CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman is reporting that the Jaguars franchise are being recently sold (employees were informed on Tuesday morning) to auto-parts mogul Shahid Kahn ... but the team will reportedly remain in Jacksonville.

Oh, and Jags general manager Gene Smith received a three-year extension. So, yeah, nothing much going on in north Florida today.

Obviously the JDR news broke this morning, but before we could even put together a list of coaches who might replace Del Rio, word started swirling that the Jags were being sold.

Kahn, a Pakistani businessman and owner of Flex-N-Gate, will buy the Jaguars after an unsuccessful attempt to purchase the Rams in 2010 when minority shareholder Stan Kroenke exercised his right to match Kahn's bid for the team.

Previously, the Jags have been considered one of the top candidates for relocation to Los Angeles if/when an NFL stadium is ready to be filled, but Freeman reports that Weaver received written assurances from Kahn that he would keep the team in Jacksonville. Weaver wouldn't confirm those assurances in his press conference however and Kahn did not address them in his statement.

Jack Del Rio Fired

"I am honored to have recently signed an agreement with Wayne Weaver and his partners to purchase the Jacksonville Jaguars,” Khan said. “I have known Wayne for some time and have long admired his spirit, which nearly 20 years ago – against all odds – helped make the Jaguars and the National Football League a reality for Jacksonville and North Florida. Wayne’s legacy will be lasting, and I will always be grateful for Wayne’s trust and confidence in my commitment to the Jaguars, the NFL and the people of the Jacksonville community."

Shortly after chatter about the sale exploded, word broke that Smith received his extension this morning, and if you think about it, the timing of the whole shebang kind of makes sense.

Del Rio was canned by the regime (Weaver) that hired him, ensuring that the new owner's first act won't be to fire a head coach. Then the news leaks that the team's been sold and the employees have been informed. Whether or not the team will move is irrelevant for the moment, because it's important that the Jaguars maintain a semblance of stability to employees and fans.

The report that states the team will remain in Jacksonville does just that. And, finally, speaking of stability, Smith's presence over the next three years provides stability to an organization that will be looking for a head coach and determining whether or not Blaine Gabbert is the future of the franchise at quarterback.

And yes, since Smith drafted Gabbert in the 2011 NFL Draft, it's a safe bet he stays on as the franchise quarterback. Whether fans like him or not, that news probably comes as a little bit of relief, if only because it means there's some stability in Jacksonville on this hectic day.

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Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:35 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 11:11 am
 

Jaguars fire Jack Del Rio

Jacksonville hired Jack Del Rio in 2003. Tuesday he was given his walking papers. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Jack Del Rio was 40 years old when the Jaguars hired him in 2003. Successful stints as the Ravens linebackers coach and the Panthers defensive coordinator paved the way for his first head-coaching gig in Jacksonville. Eight year later, the Jags are 3-8, a team without an identity, and Tuesday Del Rio was fired, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman confirmed.

Jack Del Rio Fired
Assistant Mel Tucker will take over for the rest of the season.

Del Rio went all in when he cut David Garrard days before the regular-season opener (and weeks after he had already named Garrard his starter) and installed Luke McCown at quarterback. The results were predictably disastrous. Even though Jacksonville beat the Titans in Week 1, they have the worst offense in the league, according to Football Outsiders' efficiency metrics.

Clearly, much of that has to do with the decision to start McCown, and then replace him with rookie first-rounder Blaine Gabbert. But it's not like Jacksonville is the only team playing a young, inexperienced quarterback this season. The Panthers, Bengals, Vikings and to a lesser extent, the Broncos all have had success using that strategy.

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco writes that Del Rio "is proof of what happens when you are married to an outdated offense. You can't win. When Del Rio was hired as coach, owner Wayne Weaver said, 'no more three yards and a cloud of dust.' Now they have a 'two-yards-and-punt offense' instead."

Del Rio and his Reebok suit are out. (AP)
Also not helping: Del Rio appearing to mail it in long before he was fired. During Week 11's eminently winnable game against the almost-as-hapless Browns, last-drive play-calling sealed the Jags' fate. Afterward, Del Rio explained the decision to throw near the goal line instead of giving the ball to their best player, running back Maurice Jones-Drew:

“Our offensive coordinator [Dirk Koetter] calls the plays. I can’t speak to his thinking. You’ll have to get with him.”

As we wrote in last week's Coach Killers, Del Rio's remarks roughly translate to: "I checked out of this job in September and I'm just going through the motions until I'm officially canned. I almost forgot we had a game Sunday."

We were kidding, obviously, but sources told Prisco that Del "Rio was coming into the office this year at around 9 a.m. most days and leaving early." That's straight out of the Steve Spurrier NFL coaching guide and we all know how that ended.

In his eight-plus seasons, the Jags were 68-71, making the playoffs twice, and winning once. His best season came in 2005 when Jacksonville was 12-4. Prior to the 3-8 start in 2011, the Del Rio's worst seasons came in 2003 (his first) and 2008, both 5-11 finishes.

Well, it seems that Del Rio got what he wanted. Keep choppin' wood, Jack.

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Posted on: June 14, 2011 8:05 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Jax owner says his team is staying put

Wayne Weaver said his team will remain in Jacksonville (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With so much talk about AEG and which teams across the NFL that it’s targeting for relocation to Los Angeles, there are only really a few organizations that are truly in danger.

The Chargers are one, for sure. Maybe the Raiders, and depending on what happens with the Minnesota voters and their desire to partially fund a new stadium, perhaps the Vikings.

But if Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver has anything to say about it – and since he’s the owner, he absolutely does – Jacksonville doesn’t have to worry about losing its NFL franchise.

“I have no interest [in Los Angeles],” Weaver told the Florida Times-Union today. “I have been consistent in saying I am committed to Jacksonville and have no interest [in moving].”

Two years ago, the Jaguars perhaps would have been a fine candidate to leave, but last season, none of their home games were blacked out. With the lockout, though, ticket sales have slowed again. But if Jacksonville fans were worried, they can breathe a sigh of relief at Weaver’s latest proclamation.

“We have to work hard and be more creative because we’re in a small market in a difficult economy with high unemployment rates and a housing crisis that is more difficult than in other cities,” Weaver said.

And the team will have to be the one to solve those problems, because, as Weaver says, the Jaguars are going to stay in its small market instead of moving to one of the biggest in the country.

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