Shad Khan talks Jaguars' future plans at Super Bowl

PHOENIX – Friday morning at the Super Bowl Media Center, Jaguars owner Shad Khan conducted separate interviews with three Jacksonville media outlets.

Here are excerpts from his talk with the Times-Union:

*On how involved he was in the hiring of the new offensive coaches:

"The day after our last game, I met with Gus [Bradley] that morning to have a reflection of how the year went and what we can do to improve. And then he asked me to talk to some of the people we would look at. He did the interviewing and as we cut down [the list], I sat with them one-on-one and gave Gus my thoughts on them."

*On what stands out about new offensive coordinator Greg Olson:

"I know about his history with Drew Brees and quarterback development. I love Blake [Bortles]. I think he's a key building block moving forward. We have to unlock his potential and we've got to have somebody who's done it before with a great track record and Greg, I think, is about as good as it gets.

*On the hiring of Doug Marrone as offensive line coach:

"I've seen this in my business and in life, you want to have people for support who are experienced. In this case, Gus and Doug can talk about stuff and the final decision maker is Gus. But a lot of times, discussion drives a decision to a logical conclusion. With Doug, he's a very good line coach and that was definitely one of our weaknesses – the line. We have talent there, but when it was all said and done, we led the league in sacks [allowed -- 71]. That is not a good thing. You're not going to go anywhere unless you fix that."

*On the 2014 season (3-13 record):

"There were a lot of encouraging things but the only that matters is whether it was a W or not. … How do you enhance and improve on the things that are working and get rid of the things that are not?"

*On free agency in March:

"We certainly have salary cap room and we plan on being active in free agency. … We have some critical weaknesses and we have to fill them.

*On if he would welcome back suspended receiver Justin Blackmon if he's reinstated:

"Absolutely. As a matter of fact, I'm very optimistic. I think he's paid his dues. I think he's got his life together. I think he can be a role model for people who have gone through hard times. We're waiting for him."

*On extending the agreement to play one home game per year in London:

"It's definitely in the interest of the Jaguars and Jacksonville to do it and it's in the interest of the league also."

*On seeing improvement in Year 3 of the Dave Caldwell-Gus Bradley regime in 2015:

"A lot of things are moving in the right direction but we have to win more. Obviously, I'm disappointed we didn't win more but so is everybody else – Dave and Gus are disappointed. We've got to do what's needed as well as [show] creativity and hard work to start winning more games."


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