LONDON – Shad Khan likes the direction. He likes the core, too.
The Jaguars will play at Wembley Stadium for the first time in three seasons Sunday. It’s Doug Pederson’s first London game as their head coach and Trevor Lawrence’s first game at Wembley as their quarterback. The duo, Khan said, is unquestionably the key to the Jaguars’ future.
And Khan said that’s a very good thing for the franchise.
“The two critical parts of the modern NFL team are the head coach and the quarterback,” Khan told Jaguars Media Saturday morning. “We’re blessed to have them both who can help shape this team into a consistent winner.”
Khan, now in his 11th full season as the Jaguars’ owner, spoke to multiple media members at The Dorchester in downtown London Saturday morning – a day before the team’s game against the Denver Broncos at Wembley at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. He discussed multiple topics, including the team’s return Sunday to Wembley.
The Jaguars played a home game at the historic stadium every season from 2013-2019. They did not play in London in 2020 because of COVID-19, then beat the Miami Dolphins at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London in 2021.
“It’s an iconic stadium, and it’s our home away from home,” Khan said of Wembley. “The London game is a huge part of the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s going to be a historic game in many different ways. It’s part of our DNA now and we’ll be continuing it.”
The Jaguars, after NFL-worst records of 1-15 and 3-14 the last two seasons, this past February hired Pederson – who coached the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl victory following the 2017 season – as their seventh head coach. He replaced Urban Meyer, who was dismissed 13 games into his first season as head coach last December.