By Steve Silverman
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Regardless of being put out to pasture by the Giants on the conclusion of the disastrous 2015 season, Tom Coughlin didn’t go quietly into retirement.
Although his choice-making on the finish of some video games value Massive Blue victories that season, the very last thing Coughlin needed to do was surrender on his teaching profession. His identify was floated for a number of jobs throughout that offseason, however he wasn’t employed.
Coughlin then determined to vary the job description he was on the lookout for, and Jacksonville got here calling. The Jaguars seemed on the first head coach in staff historical past as the chief who might assist flip the franchise round as its government vice chairman of soccer operations.
Coughlin is the person who will set the tone for the group and impart his knowledge on head coach Doug Marrone and the rest of the employees.
This isn’t going to be a simple job for Coughlin, however a better take a look at the Jaguars reveals a point of expertise. That stated, Coughlin’s disciplined strategy could also be simply what Jacksonville wants.
The Jags have been three-thirteen a yr in the past, and that got here on the heels of predictions that they have been going to be one of many league’s shock groups, one ok to problem for the AFC South title.
However when his workforce regressed after profitable six video games the season earlier than, proprietor Shad Khan determined to show the staff’s key selections over to somebody who is aware of how one can win.
This can be a large gamble for Khan, as a result of, as Giants gamers and followers know, there’s nothing delicate about Coughlin’s strategy.
The Jaguars have shortly came upon that an eight a.m. assembly signifies that everybody needs to be there no less than 5 minutes early. If gamers need to chill out, they need to do it on their very own time. The ping pong desk within the locker room? You’re kidding, proper?
Different creature comforts have been assessed as nicely, and the one ones that stay are those that Coughlin feels will assist the Jags win video games in the course of the 2017 season.
Key selections have been made to the group’s personnel, just like the signing of defensive finish Calais Campbell, cornerback A.J. Bouye, and security Barry Church. They’ll transfer into beginning roles on a protection that that ranked twenty fifth in factors allowed (25 per recreation) and lifeless final in interceptions (seven) a yr in the past.
Coughlin additionally removed numerous gamers that he didn’t like, together with tight finish Julius Thomas, defensive linemen in Sen’Derrick Marks, Roy Miller and Jared Odrick, in addition to…