Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan said Monday on a local television show that his team is "sad and embarrassing" after starting the year 1-7, per Big Cat Country:
"None of the joy is gone, but the responsibility has set in," Khan said when asked if the newness of being an owner has worn off with the struggles of the football team on the field. "It's sad and embarrassing.
"The fans have done their part, now we have to do our part," Khan continued.
Khan said he wasn't a talent evaluator, so he wouldn't comment on the ability of general manager Gene Smith. He did say, however, his organization needs three things: "Right people in the right spots, processing and decision making, and you need support from fans, sponsors or owners. We have to finish the season. You can't be rushing to judgment. ..."
The Jaguars have lost five games in a row. The only win Jacksonville can hang its hat on was on Sept. 23 against the Indianapolis Colts. The Jags won, 22-17. Jacksonville scored 19 second-half points to grab the victory.
Jacksonville's biggest problem this year? Its best player is on the sidelines. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew injured his foot in his team's 26-23 loss to Oakland on Oct. 21. His return is unknown.
Quarterback Blaine Gabbart has completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,429 yards this season. He's thrown nine touchdowns and five interceptions.
The Jaguars host the Colts on Thursday at 8:20 p.m. ET.