Shad Khan’s record with coaching hires is beginning to seem suspect. It was thought by most fans to be a foregone conclusion that the Jacksonville Jaguars were going to sign Byron Leftwich to be the team’s new head coach. It seemed like a match made in heaven because Jacksonville originally drafted him as a quarterback in 2003.
Leftwich spent four seasons in Jacksonville before moving on to play for Atlanta, Tampa Bay, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Byron is the current offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who won last year’s Super Bowl. The deal seemed like a slam dunk.
Byron Leftwich said he couldn’t work with current Jags GM Trent Baalke. Leftwich suggested Adrian Wilson instead. From there, the deal fell apart. Doug Pederson was eventually named Jacksonville’s new head coach. Fans took to social media to shred Shad Khan after the gaffe.
“Shad Khan and the @Jaguars chose Trent Baalke over the entire city of Jacksonville. I’m out.”
“#ShadKhan will go down as the worst owner of any professional franchise in sports history. I’m not even sure there’s an argument for anyone else.”
“I’m not gonna support a Shad Khan owned product anymore. If the Jags are even half decent it will 100% be cause of Trevor anyway.”
“Shad Khan needs to give up ownership of the Jags. Ridiculous”
The Urban Meyer experiment didn’t go so well for Shad Khan. The team then botched a hire that would’ve brought a lot of goodwill from fans. One can only imagine what is going through Doug Pederson’s head right now.
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