They say a good organization starts at the top, and that could not be truer for the Jacksonville Jaguars and their owner Shad Khan.
“Did he just say Jacksonville is a good organization?” some of you may be asking yourselves.
I would say they’re a drastically improved one, and behind Shad Khan’s leadership, they may even wind up a great one.
Much like the head coach, another important leadership position within a franchise, a good owner has the power to make their team significantly worse or significantly better. And as with head coach, personalities on either end of the scale usually get plenty of media attention — and the public perception of them usually matches the public perception of their team.
Let’s look at a few notables — the Steinbrenner family, Paul Allen, Jerry Jones, Robert Kraft — all of these preside over incredibly successful franchises, and the latter three control NFL teams. And now, for comparison’s sake, the bad ones — James Dolan, Dean Spanos, Frank McCourt, Jeffrey Loria. These individuals all rule(d) over flailing franchises.
It’s not hard to draw some parallels here. Obviously, any owner whose team is going well could masquerade as a good, competent owner. But Allen, Jones, Kraft, and the Steinbrenners have all been highly active in their team’s success.
Likewise, Dolan, Spanos, McCourt, and Loria all forced their franchise’s fortunes to go in reverse through cheapness, dishonesty, selfishness, mismanagement, scheming, and even criminality.
It may not be a rule, but it’s certainly a trend — good owners breed good franchises.
So what is Khan? And how do the…
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