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. Oingo Boingo

    If he's anything like "Genghis", the Jags may wind up as the most penalized team in the NFL!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fiskenmann

    Is the American government giving him millions also as part of the Pakistan package?

    November 29, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gus B

    LA Jaguars. Sounds good to me.

    We in Southern California are used to diversity, so if it pains Jacksonsville so much to have anything other than a white owner, I have two prime locales just waiting for a pro football team. Come on down!!!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Wolfgang

    MsMHS – looks like you made the mistake of supporting the USA at the expense of other countries. Sorry but that is no longer allowed. that is why you are now the worst person in the world as judged by Anna – even worse than Casey Anthony I presume. Let that be a lesson to you, you dirty Nationalist.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Footbal

    He will move them to Kabul. Do they have Jaguars in Kabul?

    November 29, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Fore

      Yes they have Jaguars in Kabul, but Lexus's and Acura's are far more popular.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Footbal

      Ah but Jaguar is now Indian owned and India is a friend of Afghanistan.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Hitler

      The Jaguars in Kabul have bombs around them and scream "God is Great" and blow up when liberals call people racist. So stop it!!!!

      November 29, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Raider

    Lol, Ragequit!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    I wish Old Man Ford would sell the Lions 🙁

    November 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pointless1

      That's a bold move cotton... lets see how that will play out for Detroit? Dbag...

      November 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bo

    There is a Jacksonville, IL....just saying.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michele

    OK – he has done great in America...are all of those jobs overseas?

    November 29, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gujju

      Nope...see the following link for all the plants in USofA.
      http://www.flex-n-gate.com/mp/usmw/usmw.html

      November 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dallas

    You are insane, why are Arabs you enemy, lol 'D

    November 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. s kel

    OWS ARE PARASITES SHUT UP SLUG!!! THIS IS A SPORTS BLOG . NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR YOUR IGNORANT RANTS! GO TO THE MORON BLOG AND RANT ALL YOU WANT TO THERE!

    November 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cal

      Good one. How are they supposed to find the Moron blog if they're morons? I guess you'd better lead the way.

      November 30, 2011 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Gujju

    Pakistani is from Pakistan which is NOT an Arab nation. Please learn your facts before commenting.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. pw

    Not only racist, but ignorant. Mr. Khan is not an Arab. He's Pakistani by birth and American by choice.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gung hoe

    @jags fans sorry fellas but your teams moving to either MONTANA OR WYOMING YEP EITHER THE HELENA HELL BOYS OR THE JACKSON HOLE HOLE PLUGGERS! Yep sorry but they are as good as gone

    November 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SGT J

    wow you are the biggest retard of them all.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
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