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Jaguars Khan Wednesday- “no plans to move team to London”

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Having just played and lost their most recent home away from home game in London, the Jaguars are on their bye week, but owner Shad Khan was making some news on Wednesday night talking about the possibility of playing more than just a game a season in England.

Khan appeared on the NFL themed half hour highlight and interview show called “The Grind,” that airs on the Epix premium cable network. And, the show is hosted by NFL Network’s Rich Eisen.

The show profiled Khan rising from meagher upbringing in Pakistan to eventually becoming a billionaire businessman in the U.S. and now, sports franchise owner of the Jaguars and Fulham FC of the English Premier Soccer League.

But, of particular of interest was when Eisen began to talk to Khan in a taped interview from last week about the Jaguars potentially playing more than a game in London or moving altogether to England?

He  first asked the Jaguars boss about the possibility of any team moving full-time to England to which Khan responded,

Personally, in my humble opinion, I don’t think it’s anywhere close to that (demand for full time team/16 games in England). We don’t want to have more games than there’s organic demand for.”

Eisen, then followed up with the logical question that everyone in North Florida and around the NFL seems to speculate about with the Jaguars, would Khan completely relocate to England?

Khan answered matter-of-factly,

“Well, I think, no. There are no plans to move the team to London.”

Obviously, that is an answer that is generic and one that Khan, who still has a lease at TIAA Bank Field and big business interest in Jacksonville, has to give.

The NFL currently plays four international games in London, and the belief is when the new collective bargaining agreement comes around in another two years, that the number may increase to 8 games with the potential of 16. In that case, every team in the league would play every year in London.

All of that is theoretical though at the moment.

What we do know is the Jaguars have had a multi-year agreement in place to continually play in England and Khan reiterated on the show that it’s been very beneficial financially, if not essential, to help his bottom line with the Jaguars staying in Jacksonville.

Obviously, circumstances and answers can change in the future, including the number of games the Jags might play in a season in the U.K. in the future.

And Khan (and everyone else paying attention) knows that, too.

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Jaguars hire former Redskins coach Gruden as OC

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It didn’t take long for the Jaguars to come up with a new offensive coordinator and it will be a very familiar name to fans of the NFL and in specific, in Florida. Former Redskins coach and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has been hired buy coach Doug Marrone to assume play-calling duties.

NFL Network insiders Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport had the news first on Tuesday night, that the Jags had settled on the Redskins coach who was fired during his sixth season back in October:

Gruden, the younger brother of Raiders coach Jon Gruden, was fired in October after the Skins 0-5 start and while in his sixth season in Washington. He mostly struggled for the Redskins to have success with a 35-49-1 overall record. However, they won the NFC East in Gruden’s second year (2015) with a 9-7 record, but were beaten at home in the Wildcard Weekend by the Green Bay Packers.

Gruden worked his way up to his first head coaching job after having been the offensive coordinator for Marvin Lewis for three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. There, he worked with quarterback Andy Dalton and spectacular WR A.J. Green and his final year (2013), the Bengals were 6th in overall offense and fifth in scoring.

The Jaguars had also reportedly interviewed former Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo, and had also been considering former Cowboys and Rams offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan, for their vacancy. Coach Doug Marrone fired first-year offensive coordinator John DeFilippo after just one season last week.

While the team termed it “mutually parting ways,” DeFilippo was quickly hired by the Chicago Bears last Wednesday, as a quarterback coach. And, obviously going from an NFL offensive coordinator job to a QB coach is not a lateral move.

Back to Jay Gruden. He is best known in our state for having been outstanding Arena Football League quarterback leading both the Tampa Bay Storm and the Orlando Predators franchises to Arena Bowl Championships.

Later his career Gruden was a player coach for the Orlando franchise, while also working during the NFL seasons in the fall as an offensive assistant under brother with the Buccaneers, including their 2002 Super Bowl win.

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Jaguars interviewing former Redskins coach Jay Gruden for OC

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The Jaguars continue to look for a new offensive coordinator in an interesting name with Florida connections has emerged.

Fox Sports NFL Insider Mike Garafolo reported on Sunday that former Redskins head coach and longtime Arena Football League star player and coach in the Sunshine State, Jay Gruden is on their radar:

Gruden was fired in October after an 0-5 start and while in his sixth season in Washington. He mostly struggled for the Redskins to have success with a 35-49-1 overall record. However, they won the NFC East in Gruden’s second year (2015) with a 9-7 record, but we’re beaten at home in the Wildcard Weekend by the Green Bay Packers.

Gruden worked his way up to his first head coaching job after having been the offensive coordinator for Marvin Lewis for three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. There, he worked with quarterback Andy Dalton and spectacular WR A.J. Green and his final year (2013), the Bengals were 6th in overall offense and fifth in scoring.

The Jaguars have also reportedly interviewed former Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo, and are said to also be considering former Cowboys and Rams offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan, for their vacancy. Coach Doug Marrone fired first-year offensive coordinator John DeFilippo after just one season last week.

While the team termed it “mutually parting ways,” DeFilippo was quickly hired by the Chicago Bears Wednesday, as a quarterback coach. And, obviously going from an NFL offensive coordinator job to a QB coach is not a lateral move.

Jacksonville’s offense sputtered at times this past season, although it was handicapped when prized free agent quarterback Nick Foles was hurt in the first game of the season and missed 9 weeks with a fractured collarbone. Rookie sixth round pick, Gardner Minshew, was good at times in relief and helped Jacksonville win six games overall with his play.

Back to Jay Gruden. He is best known in our state for having been outstanding Arena Football League quarterback leading both the Tampa Bay Storm and the Orlando Predators franchises to Arena Bowl Championships.

Later his career Gruden was a player coach for the Orlando franchise, while also working during the NFL seasons in the fall as an offensive assistant under brother Jon Gruden with the Buccaneers.

Of course, the elder Gruden is now the coach of the Raiders again, and they are slated to move to Las Vegas for this fall. And, it’s entirely possible that Jay Gruden could be joining his brother with them, as well.

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