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Jacksonville Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan Weighs in on Coaching Search

December 17th, 2011 at 8:51 PM
By Brendan Sonnone

Shahid Khan hasn’t been the Jacksonville Jaguars’ owner for long, but he plans on making an immediate impact.

Khan told Jacksonville media Friday that he will be heavily involved in the team’s search for a new head coach and is willing to pay top-end money for a high-quality coach after the time fired Jack Del Rio. 
“Cheapness and the NFL don’t go together,” Khan said. “This is not a cheap league. Our goal is not to get the expensive wrong coach or try a cheap coach. We want the right guy who is going to win for us and, frankly, pay them whatever it takes. This is not an issue. You have to pay them a fair wage.
We’re not looking for a bargain person.”
NFL analyst Brian Billick, who won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, recently stated that he wouldn’t be an option for the Jaguars because the team would prefer a young and cheap candidate. Khan evidently doesn’t feel that way.
The Jaguars are currently being led by interim head coach and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. Khan said Tucker has a realistic shot at becoming the team’s full-time coach, although he also mentioned that he’d like a more pass-oriented, high-octane offense.
“This is a passing league. This is a quarterback league. If you’re not doing those things, you’re not going to be successful. I care about playing winning football,” Khan said, according to the Florida Times-Union. 
Khan, a self-made business man, own Flex-N-Gate Corp., which is, according to the Times-Union, an automotive supplier that has more than 12,000 employees.
 So Khan is familiar with making big hires.
“I have hired thousands of people,” Khan said. “You can make an argument that auto parts are different from football. Not really. You’ve got to know the value of a person. How they’re going to click. We know the right coach for us could be the wrong coach for another team. We’ve got a good organization that deserves a good coach.”
Tags: Brian Billick, Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Mel Tucker, NFL, Shahid Khan

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