Will Weaver Sell the Team?
Our sources have told us that Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver has a hand-shake agreement to sell the majority share of the team. The transaction is supposed to occur within the next 18 months and there is rumored to be an agreement that the team will remain in Jacksonville for at least five years.
It is unclear who the potential buyer is but some believe that a group with former Jaguars first-overall pick Tony Boselli is involved.
Weaver had been looking for some additional investors for the team for the last few years as he's grown older and his children are rumored to not be interested in running the franchise. If Weaver does indeed sell the franchise this doesn't mean that a move to Los Angeles is imminent.
Del Rio Needs to Win 2 More Before the Break
The Jaguars disappointing 1-3 start doesn't necessarily mean the season or the hopes of postseason play is over. There have been 22 teams that have started 1-3 or worse after four games and have still qualified for the playoffs, including the 2001 New England Patriots who eventually won the Super Bowl.
There's no time like the present to turn the season around and Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio may just have to do so to stay employed. Del Rio is the only member of the coaching staff or front office to have a contract past this season and the head coach's deal expires after the 2012 season.
With the tendency of teams almost exclusively opting to not let head coaches play out the final years of their deals, for Jack Del Rio and his staff to stay employed past this season he likely will have to earn a contract extension. Sitting with a 1-3 record, it will take a sharp turnaround to earn that particular extension.
Let's get back to the present. The 1-3 Jaguars host the 2-2 Cincinnati Bengals with both teams led by rookie quarterbacks. Jacksonville needs to desperately win this football game and likely one of the next three which include a trip north to play the Pittsburgh Steelers before returning home on a Monday night to take on the Baltimore Ravens, followed by a trip west to play the current AFC South leading Houston Texans. Jacksonville is favored this weekend against Cincinnati, but it's more than likely they will be heavy underdogs in the remaining three games. Jacksonville is currently winless this season when playing the role of underdog.
So if the Jaguars win just one of the next four, they would enter the bye week with a 2-6 record. The second half of their schedule features 6 teams with current records of .500 or better. At 2-6 and with that finishing road, it is very unlikely that Jack Del Rio will earn a contract extension. That brings up the simple point that if you're going to make a coaching change at season's end (and it's pretty easy when none of the assistants or front office members are owed any outstanding money on their contracts), why not do it during the bye week to try and spark a stagnant team and fanbase?
Rumor has it that if a move is made mid-season, current linebackers coach Mark Duffner would be named interim coach. Duffner was formerly the head coach of Maryland and Holy Cross.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie
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