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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Reading the coverage: Jaguars edition

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Wayne Weaver said he was willing to sell to Shahid Khan because Khan is passionate about the NFL and is willing to keep the team in Jacksonville, writes Tania Ganguli of the Jacksonville Times-Union.

Khan is a business titan and a philanthropist who’s tangled with the IRS, says David Bauerlein of the T-U.

Weaver could not have left Jack Del Rio in place with three home games remaining, including next week's "Monday Night Football" matchup with the San Diego Chargers, or with the dark cloud of having a lame-duck coach running his team for another five weeks, says Gene Frenette of the T-U.

It’s time to start the process of re-energizing the franchise, says Vito Stellino of the T-U.

Jacksonville’s mayor and city leaders will welcome the new owner, say Dan Scanlan and Timothy J. Gibbons of the T-U.

The price is $760 million says Mike Ozanian of Forbes.

Did Del Rio lose his drive? Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com asks the question after learning the coach wasn’t exactly showing up before sun rise.

Gene Smith signed a three-year deal to continue on as general manager, says Ganguli.

Low-key, low-profile Mel Tucker replaces Del Rio in the interim and has been assured he will get an interview for the head job after the season, says Frenette.

While people pile on presuming Khan will eventually take the Jaguars to Los Angeles, Jason Cole of Yahoo! points out that Jacksonville has a strong hold of the team with the lease for EverBank Field.

Tim Tebow could have saved Del Rio, says Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel. I don’t think either guy was part of a long-term solution for the Jaguars.

Says George Diaz of the Sentinel: “Del Rio’s firing is a microcosm for a franchise that just can’t seem to get it right since the glory days of Tom Coughlin.”

The Jaguars will have to sort out Blaine Gabbert’s future, says Chris Burke of SI.com. Sure, the cost of Gabbert’s contract doesn’t make a change prohibitive. But to use a top-10 pick on a QB a year after trading up to No. 10 to draft one does. It’s too early to judge Gabbert. And the guy who drafted him, Smith,  just got a three-year contract.