Khan still lacks influence among NFL owners

Posted Dec. 14, 2012 @ 3:12 p.m.
Posted By Arthur Arkush

That new owner Shahid Khan is the face of the Jaguars says a lot about the state of the franchise and its lack of star power. 

That Khan being named as a board member this week of the NFL’s new charitable organization, The National Football League Foundation, qualifies as news also speaks volumes about the lost season of his club, which, for the second year in a row, could make bigger headlines in the offseason than it did on the field.

Khan continues to keep his cards well concealed regarding any potential changes that could be coming. We hear, though, that his involvement with the newly created foundation is likely more a case of commissioner Roger Goodell throwing one of the league’s newest owners a bone than it is foreshadowing of Khan becoming a mover and shaker among NFL owners.

One source pointed out that Khan simply isn’t around enough to assume that role, with so much focus and involvement still going to his many other business endeavors. When asked if Khan’s lack of involvement in his team’s day-to-day operations is a good or bad thing, the source indicated it all depends on how capable the people — like president Mark Lamping, among others — he has empowered are. The source went on to say that former owner Wayne Weaver was around the club every single day, and we know how that turned out.

Whether Khan will be empowering more or different people after the season remains the $64,000 question in Jacksonville.