Jaguars' owner cans coach Jack Del Rio, announces team sale to businessman
Jack Del Rio, seen in 2006, is out as the Jaguars' coach, and owner Wayne Weaver, right, may follow.
November 29th, 2011
02:42 PM ET

Jaguars' owner cans coach Jack Del Rio, announces team sale to businessman

For a 3-8 team that has done little to turn heads this season, there was plenty of news coming out of the Jacksonville Jaguars' clubhouse Tuesday as owner Wayne Weaver fired his coach, then announced he would step aside himself.

Jack Del Rio, 43, became the team's second coach in 2003. Though the Jags made the playoffs in 2005 and 2007, they won only one postseason game under Del Rio.

Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will take the helm for the rest of the season, according to the Jaguars' website, which notes that the defense has been one of the few bright spots for the team this year, "currently ranking fourth in the NFL and fourth in pass defense."

The bigger news, however, may have been Weaver's announcement that he had agreed to sell his team to Shahid Khan, an Illinois businessman. The deal must be approved by the league and other team owners.

"I am excited for the team and for our great fans because Shahid will bring passion and commitment to the job. He is committed to restoring a winning tradition here in Jacksonville," Weaver said.

Khan, a Pakistani native, began working for Flex-N-Gate Corp. in 1970, while he was in school, the Jaguars website says. After graduating from the University of Illinois in engineering in 1971, Khan worked for Flex-N-Gate until 1978 before going into business for himself.

"He began a new business designing and manufacturing innovative lightweight, continuous metal bumper systems, with no seams to corrode or rust. Today, nearly two-thirds of all North American pick-up trucks and sport utilities have bumper systems based on Khan’s designs," the website says.

Khan purchased his former employer in 1980, and the Flex-N-Gate Group now boasts 48 plants internationally, more than 10,000 employees and sales topping $3 billion.

Khan told the website it has "long been my personal and professional goal” to own an NFL franchise and he is "fully committed to delivering Jacksonville its first Super Bowl championship."

There has been lots of speculation that the Jaguars might relocate so the latter statement from Khan may come as a relief to pro football fans in North Florida.

Jacksonville and the Carolina Panthers joined the NFL as expansion teams in 1995, and the Jags made an immediate impression, reaching the playoffs in four of their first five seasons, including two division championships and a 14-2 campaign in 1999.

Since 1999, however, the team has reached the postseason only twice and fan enthusiasm has waned. The team presently ranks 26th among the NFL's 32 teams in attendance. Del Rio steps down after posting a 68-71 record during his time there.

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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Ultimate Troll x5000 Super Duty V2.01

    THIS DUDES NAME ROCKS AND HE IS PAKISTANI SO YOU KNOW HE WILL DO GREAT THINGS! GO JACKSONVILLE
    !

    November 29, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mitch

    Any relation to Shaka? She's got a great voice!

    November 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Garry

      LOL..to funny

      November 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sean

    I live in Jacksonville. Heres hoping they move to LA.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southernsugar

      I live in Jax, as well. Do us a favor and MOVE!

      November 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dougied

    move them to LA so I can watch the Dolphins on Sunday instead of the Jagwires

    November 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dallas

    Move Jaguars to Dallas so they can share in Jerry Jones's shrine to football.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Soulcatcher

    (checks the bumper on his truck) Being an engineer I definately support this new owner to bring a more a more scientific approach to ownership. If they can get their offense fixed, there would be a quick turn-around. Sounds like he knows football.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lewism

    Wow what a stupid reply to give, I know you have he right to say what you want but dang man that is just stupid.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Hitler

      That sounds stupid.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JaxFan

    Also as a Jax resident I find it interesting that a Pakistani, and presumably a Muslim, is about to become owner of the only local pro sports franchise and, in many ways, the pride and economic lifeblood of the city. Only a couple of years ago the city council president ranted against a Muslim proferssor being named to the Human Rights Commission and just recently another city councilor rambled nearly incorherently against the same man claiming he had "links to terrorism." The level of religious ignorance and intolerance represented in some of the city's supposed leaders will make it absolutely hilarious to see those same anti-gay, anti-Muslim religious righties having to kiss the butt of a Muslim who now holds the keys to the Jaguars and their possible relocation.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Laugh@MsMHS

    At least he is a better business man than you. Also enjoy unemployment and layoff when the Jag leaves.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JB

    Not that Del Rio didn't have it coming for several years now, but if you've sold the team anyway, it seems quite the d!ck move to fire him on your way out the door.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • REEKO

      Probably was a condition of the sale.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. joey

    poor women of jacksonville

    November 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Football Fan

    The guy probably knows more about football than you do, he's been here over 40 years (are you even that old? you sound like you're 12).

    November 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pensburgh256

      Yea getting rid of your starting quarterback (David Garrard) one week before the season started was an intelligent football move.

      November 29, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rev

      I live in Cleveland and would never trade my loosing team for a winning non american team.

      November 29, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Anna

    @MsMHS, you've got to be the most sorry ass human being.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kayaker247

    the Star Trek references will never end if this guy Khan is approved by the league. KHAAAAN!!!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chilly g

    jacksonville is a beautful city with nice weather and beautful people i hope the team stay in jville.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • P. Ness

      Beautiful City? Jacksonville is a dump. And smells bad

      November 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • drschwarz

      Aww, P. Ness, you're disrespecting my city man. You need to check out the Beaches, Mandarin, Riverside, San Marco. Lots of beautiful places. Thanks for the kind words chilly.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
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