Jaguars owner Shad Khan Gives Credit to Tom Coughlin’s Turning the Team Around

Jaguars owner Shad Khan knew the power structure he wanted to implement hadn’t worked well in other places, but he was convinced it was the best thing to do for his franchise, Michael DiRocco of ESPN reports.

Turns out he was right — but it worked out even better than he had hoped.

The Jaguars won the AFC South for the first time in franchise history, are making their first playoff appearance since 2007 and have their first home playoff game since 1999, and it began when Khan decided to bring in Tom Coughlin, install him above general manager Dave Caldwell in the pecking order and give him total control of all football operations.

“Tom has been a very successful coach,” Khan said Thursday from his suite overlooking the field at EverBank Field, where the Jaguars (10-6) will play Buffalo (9-7) on Sunday. “This is a different stage for him. Can he embrace it? I think It turned out better than probably, certainly, I thought it would. And really the credit is to him.

“I can tell you he never asked for the 53-man roster. It was my idea. ‘Tom, that means nothing changed [if he didn’t give him control]. It’s maybe not good for Dave’s ego, but there has to be somebody in charge, and it needs to be you.'”

“What I felt we lacked was football IQ,” Khan said. “You just can’t say, ‘Let me go to craigslist or and get some football IQ.’ You want somebody who really has the passion, the emotion, the drive. Nobody really personifies it better than Tom Coughlin.

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