Jaguars owner doesn't want 'knee-jerk reactions'

Jaguars owner doesn't want 'knee-jerk reactions'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan doesn't want to have any ``knee-jerk reactions'' to his team's losing ways.

The Jaguars (1-7) have dropped five in a row and are 0-4 at home this season heading into Thursday's game against Indianapolis.

Khan, who stayed in town for the short week, made it clear Wednesday that he doesn't plan on making any changes before the end of the season.

``You don't show up at 16 from Pakistan and have a successful life,'' said Khan, the league's only minority owner. ``You go through a lot of adversity and failures. You learn from that, and probably the most important thing is not to have knee-jerk reactions when things get tough - not to add drama to uncertainty.''

There had been speculation that Khan might fire general manager Gene Smith and maybe even coach Mike Mularkey given the results, but the owner put that to rest for now.

``This will be something for me to reflect on at the end of the season,'' he said.

Khan, a billionaire who amassed his fortune by making high-tech bumpers for the automotive industry, bought the Jaguars for $770 million last November and officially took control Jan. 4. He kept Smith as a holdover from owner Wayne Weaver's regime and allowed him to head the search for a new coach.

Smith hired Mularkey, the former offensive coordinator in Atlanta, but the move hasn't paid dividends.

The Jaguars rank last in the league in total offense and have scored fewer points than anyone. Second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert has made some progress, but still lacks pocket presence. First-round draft pick Justin Blackmon has had all sorts of awareness issues and is averaging just 10.7 yards a catch.

Smith kept most of former coach Jack Del Rio's defensive assistants - a questionable decision in hindsight - and few fans have forgiven Smith for feeling so good about his roster that he drafted strong-legged punter Bryan Anger in the third round.

Adding to Smith's seemingly shaky job security, Khan revealed that the Jaguars have the sixth-highest payroll in the league and have spent $17 million over the salary cap because of money rolled over from 2011.

``There are certain companies and organizations that win over time and certain companies and organizations that lose over time,'' Khan said. ``It doesn't matter whether it's auto parts or football, you know which organizations are where. The most important thing for me is that this organization that's going to win over time.''

Khan is pleased with the business side of the organization.

The Jaguars rank 21st in ticket sales, he said, and have signed several new sponsors. Khan expects to add more revenue streams by playing four homes games in London - one a year beginning next season.

And he is proud of all the little tweaks made to improve the game-day experience at EverBank Field.

But the on-field product needs work, and Khan realizes it.

``Some of these answers might not be satisfying, but the simple fact is I don't want to satisfy people in the short term,'' he said. ``What's more important is the long team. We don't want to make the wrong decisions now that we pay a price for over time.''

In a wide-ranging, 50-minute interview with reporters, Khan told about going out of his way to meet other NFL owners, talked about how he's learned that the league puts him under the microscope - ``cameras follow you to the bathroom'' - and how he plans to rely on his business background to shape the direction of the small-market franchise. He laughed when asked about pursuing quarterback Tim Tebow again and offered his three keys to a sustainable organization: people, processes and support.

But he gave few hints about what he will do at the end of the season.

``I've gone through life getting on and off the treadmill of firing and hiring,'' he said. ``I found out that really wasn't the answer. ... Everybody here wants to win. There's nobody who's happy with the results. We want to win, every coach, every player, everybody in player personnel.''

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John Wall goes through full practice for first time since left knee surgery

John Wall crossed one of the biggest hurdles of his months-long recovery from arthroscopic left knee surgery on Saturday by participating in his first full practice.

That means Wall went through 5-on-5 scrimmages with teammates that included contact. He is free of restrictions.

Now it is only a matter of days before Wall is ready to return to game action.

"John did everything, he did an entire practice which was great," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he did a great job offensively and defensively."


Wall, who last played on Jan. 25 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, has missed the Wizards' last 24 games. He has been absent for 35 of their 72 total games this season.

In the months he has been out, Wall has slowly worked his way to this point. He still has to get a few more practices under his belt before the Wizards can outline a target date for his return.

Wall was aggressive in testing his knee by attacking the basket, according to Brooks. Wall was moving around well and even lost a few pounds during his time off.

"He looks great and that's not easy with time off," Brooks said. "He will be back in no time."


The Wizards have gone 14-10 since Wall went down, an impressive mark especially considering how tough their schedule shook out. Most of those games came against teams with winning records either holding playoff spots or fighting for them.

The shine, though, is wearing off. They have lost two straight games and seven of their last 11. Their offense has stalled in recent defeats and it's become more and more clear they could use Wall's presence.

"He gives us that edge," Wall said. "When you have him on the floor, you get a lot of easy shots. John creates a lot of attention when he drives to the basket... I think [his teammates] have always appreciated it, but when you don't have him around you definitely miss it."

While the Wizards continue to wait for Wall to return to games, just having him in practices helps. Brooks explained how guarding a player of Wall's caliber, a five-time All-Star, raises the intensity level of their scrimmages. If his teammates do not bring their best effort, Wall can very easily expose them.


There is also something intangible about Wall's presence. The media sees it once the doors open at practice. He is talkative and energetic on the court.

Some of his teammates even described him as "loud."

"Sometimes I tell him that he's a little too loud," guard Bradley Beal said. "But that's the energy that we've missed."

"He brings the juice. He brings the energy level up," Brooks said. "You miss his spirit. You miss the way he interacts with guys. He's fiery and competitive. He gets after guys. He cheers guys on. I like that. I like guys that show emotion and passion on the court."

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Wizards display lack of urgency in loss to Nuggets and Scott Brooks is frustrated

Following their seventh loss in 11 games and another lackluster performance in key areas, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks reverted back to a critique that characterized many defeats months ago. He called into question the effort of his team, more specifically their urgency. How they could overlook the stakes at this point of the season and with so much on the line had escaped him.

Brooks wasn't pleased following Washington's 108-100 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. He didn't like their three-point defense, their inability to force turnovers and their lack of zip on offense. But overall, it was the apparent lack of realization that time is running out in the regular season and off-nights cannot be afforded.

"We have to play with more spirit [and] we have to take some pride in our home court," Brooks said. "We’re building our habits going into the playoffs and these are moments where we need to take advantage because it’s playoff implications in every game."


Pride is something Brooks has referenced after the Wizards' worst defeats since he took over. This one didn't qualify, as they only lost by eight points and had opportunities late to write a different ending. But they were playing a team fighting for their own playoff position in the opposite conference and for the most part did not match their intensity.

The Nuggets, to put it plainly, are among the worst defensive teams in basketball. They were missing their leading scorer, Gary Harris. And they tightened their rotation to just eight players.

Yet the Wizards only managed 100 points, six below their season average, and committed 17 turnovers. Aside from their 33-point third quarter, the Wizards' offense was effectively stalled. 

"We can’t have guys that are not going to participate with hard cuts and hard setups and good screens. We need everybody. It’s not one person, it’s all," Brooks said.


The Wizards only forced 10 turnovers on the Nuggets and only three in the first half. That held back their offense in the sense they had few opportunities for fastbreak buckets.

"That’s where we get most of our offense from anyways, getting stops, getting out in transition," forward Otto Porter said.

The Wizards have lost two straight games. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers and Pacers both won on Friday night.

The Wizards are sixth place in the East and just 1 1/2 games out of fourth, but there is a huge difference in those spots. Sixth could mean meeting the Cavs in the first round and they have won three straight since Kevin Love returned from injury.


The Cavaliers could quickly become the most dangerous team in the Eastern Conference. Their record is deceiving due to Love's injury and they still boast LeBron James, the best player on the planet. No one can control a playoff series quite like he can.

An argument could be made the Wizards would be better off moving down than up, as the seventh spot would match them up with the injury-riddled Boston Celtics. The Wizards are just 1 1/2 games ahead of the seventh-seed Miami Heat.

The Wizards, though, would prefer to move up and they still have a chance to get into fourth, which would mean home court advantage.

John Wall will return at some point, likely soon. In the short-term, Brooks would like to some urgency and for his team to get back to the trademark ball movement that allowed them to go 10-3 in their first 13 games when Wall went down.

"We can get it back, but it’s not going to come back. We have to go get it. It’s time to do it; it’s time," Brooks said.

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