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Khan: No EVP for now

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JACKSONVILLE – Shad Khan is putting the idea of an executive vice president on hold.

The Jaguars owner announced on Tuesday that for now he is opting against hiring an executive vice president of football operations. He cited the influence of new Head Coach Doug Pederson, and his immediate positive impact on the football culture at TIAA Bank Field, as the reason for the decision.

Khan when introducing Pederson as head coach on February 6 had said he planned to hire an EVP to oversee football operations.

"I am pausing on the consideration of introducing an executive vice president of football," Khan said in a statement Tuesday. "In just over three weeks, Doug Pederson has instilled a structured and disciplined approach that is clearly making a difference in our culture and mindset. I feel we're best served at this time by allowing Doug, Trent and their assistants to take ownership of our path forward.

"We will continue to explore the addition of personnel to other areas of our football operations to provide everyone the best chance to win."

The Jaguars on February 4 hired Pederson as the seventh head coach in franchise history. Pederson coached the Philadelphia Eagles from 2016-2020, coaching that franchise to postseason appearances following the 2017-2019 seasons and to a Super Bowl victory following the '17 season.

Trent Baalke has served as the Jaguars' general manager since January 2021 after serving as interim general manager since November 29, 2020. Baalke served as the San Francisco 49ers' general manager from 2011-2016, with the 49ers making the NFC Championship Game each season from 2011-2013 and playing in the Super Bowl following the 2012 season.

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