Throughout the season’s first half, as the holes on the roster have been exposed and young players have made mistakes befitting their inexperience, Jaguars owner Shad Khan has had a message for general manager Dave Caldwell: Don’t panic.
And as the blowout losses mounted, progress was hard to distinguish and injuries mounted, Khan has had a message for coach Gus Bradley: Don’t change.

That’s what the first-time general manager and first-time coach have needed during the Jaguars’ 0-8 start that is low-lighted by a point differential of minus-178 that is the third-worst in NFL history through eight games.

The Jaguars knew the 2013 sledding would be difficult, but nobody could have foreseen each loss being by at least 10 points, injures to projected starters Blaine Gabbert, Luke Joeckel, Marcedes Lewis, Dwayne Gratz and Dwight Lowery or the lack of offensive production.

But in an interview last week in London, Khan said he has been impressed with how Caldwell and Bradley have handled the season.

And, in turn, they have appreciated Khan’s backing.

“It’s unbelievable,” Bradley said. “When you have support like that from the owner and [Caldwell], it allows you to stay true.”

Said Caldwell: “A tremendous amount of support.”

When Khan blew up the football side of the Jaguars a day after last season ended, Caldwell was his first hire. And during their three official interviews, Caldwell laid out his plan for how he would build the team — signing veteran free agents was out, relying on young players was in.