Shad Khan has been hands-off for the first nine years of his ownership of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but it looks like that’s going to change going forward.
Khan said Monday that he wants to alter the organizational structure he’s been using by having his new general manager and head coach be on equal footing and have them each report to him — and to have a larger say in the process of building the roster.
“The current environment is the head coaches, the kind of coaches you want, they want to be able to work very closely with the general manager on the personnel side,” Khan said shortly after he fired coach Doug Marrone following a 1-15 season.
“A key thing how we would be structuring this is that I’m going to have the general manager and the head coach report directly to me. That way, really, you have the transparency and the needs and the concerns of both parties without really getting filtered or having a chain of command. “.
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You basically hire them about the same time and really you have a perfect alignment, which you need in a winning organization.”
The Jaguars have already interviewed some GM candidates since Khan fired Dave Caldwell on Nov. 29, including ESPN analyst Louis Riddick and former New York Giants GM Jerry Reese.
The interviews for head coach will start this week
While former Florida and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer’s name has been reported as a likely replacement for Marrone, Khan said he has not spoken with Meyer — or anyone else — about the job.
The Jaguars just wrapped up the worst campaign in franchise history — though the silver lining is that the team has the No. 1 overall pick, which it will almost certainly use on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. If so, Lawrence will become the fourth quarterback the team has drafted in the first round, joining Byron Leftwich, Blaine Gabbert and Blake Bortles.
Lawrence, though, is regarded as the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck in 2012 and possibly the best since Peyton Manning in 1998.
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