Looking back: Big moment in Jaguars history happened 10 years ago today

Wayne Weaver fired Jack Del Rio, announced he was selling franchise

New Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, right, stands by as team founder Wayne Weaver speaks about owning the team during a news conference at the NFL owners meeting in Irving, Texas, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. The sale from franchise founder Wayne Weaver to the Pakistani-born Khan was unanimously approved Wednesday. The deal reportedly is for $760 million. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (LM Otero, Associated Press)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Ten years ago today was a big moment in Jaguars franchise history.

Then-Jacksonville owner Wayne Weaver, the man who helped bring a franchise to town, stepped to a podium at the stadium at noon and announced the firing of coach Jack Del Rio. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker was named the interim coach.

The other big news that day — Weaver was selling the franchise that he brought here in 1995 to Shad Khan. The price tag — $770 million. According to Forbes, the Jaguars are now worth $2.5 billion. The sale to Khan was unanimously approved on Dec. 14, 2011 and the sale was finalized Jan. 4, 2012.

Del Rio was the second head coach in the team’s 17-year history, replacing Tom Coughlin in 2003. He finished his Jacksonville career with a 68-71 record. He was 1-2 in the NFL playoffs. Del Rio went on to serve as the head coach for the Raiders for three seasons, going 28-23.

Del Rio is currently the defensive coordinator for the Washington Football Team.

Tucker went 2-3 as the Jaguars’ interim head coach. He’s now in the college ranks, recently signing a 10-year, $95 million contract extension with Michigan State.

Khan’s time as owner has been marked with far more downs than Weavers. Khan’s Jaguars teams have gone 41-114 in the regular season and 2-1 in the playoffs. With another loss, the Jaguars will have reached double-digit losses in nine of his 10 seasons as owner.

Weaver had a 138-134 regular season record when he owned the team, and the Jaguars were 5-6 in the playoffs.

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Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.