Sam's Commentary

December 28, 2016 Commentary Archive

Coughlin As Head Coach, Czar?

by Sam Kouvaris
Posted December 28, 2016 ===========================================================================

It's doesn't necessarily need to be Tom Coughlin but a "Tom Coughlin like" coach is probably somewhere in the Jaguars near future. League sources and media reports have Coughlin interviewing with the Jaguars on Wednesday, possibly for the head-coaching job.

Since his departure from the New York Giants, Coughlin has said his career wasn't over, but hasn't ruled out joining an organization in a different role than head coach.

"We talked with several clubs but couldn't come to an agreement," Coughlin confirmed earlier this year when asked if he'd do something other than coach. "We couldn't quite find the right role, so nothing happened," he added. Since that admission, it's been reported that Coughlin talked with the Bills, Eagle and Jaguars about various roles in the organization. In Jacksonville, it would have been a role akin to a President of Football Operations, working in concert with the Head Coach and the General Manager.

While they couldn't find the common ground necessary before the 2016 season, now that the Jaguars are searching for a head coach, there could be more leeway for Coughlin to join the organization. That means he and General Manager Dave Caldwell would have to figure out how to work together since Caldwell currently has the final say on personnel decisions.

Since Coughlin currently isn't coaching in the league, the Jaguars can talk to him about any position, including head coach. At 70 years old, Tom says age isn't a factor in his ability to still work the sidelines. Talking to him now is important if the two sides decide that he'll be with the organization in 2017. Whether as head coach or in some other capacity, Coughlin can get a head start on staff decisions based on what current head coaches and staffs in the NFL will be let go on January 2nd, commonly known in the league as "Black Monday."

If Coughlin is going to be the head coach, they'll make that announcement quickly. He's not going to be a "candidate" among other coaches. He's either going to be the head coach or he's not. If so, he'll start making discreet contact with potential members of a future staff so he will have his pick when they're available.

It was revealed this week that the Jaguars have hired a search firm to vet the candidates for the head-coaching job. While that's currently in vogue among NFL clubs, Coughlin probably isn't part of that search. He's an outlier among the assistants, coordinators and college coaches who will be considered suitable for the job. Getting rid of Gus Bradley two weeks before the end of the season gives the Jaguars a chance to decide whether Coughlin is the right fit. If not, they'll move on quickly.

Coughlin was the first coach and general manager in Jaguars history and guided the franchise to a 68-60 record and a pair of AFC Championship Game appearances from 1995 to 2002.

The Jaguars fired Coughlin after the 2002 season with then owner Wayne Weaver saying it was the biggest mistake of his ownership tenure. But at the time, Coughlin was very unpopular in Jacksonville and ticket sales were lagging. . The Giants hired him in 2004, and he went on to compile a 102-90 record and win two Super Bowls. He is currently the NFL's senior adviser to football operations, working in the league office on the weekends advising on replay and other matters.


Commentary by Sam Kouvaris

e-mail Sam


Sam's Commentary

Black Creek Outfitters

ARCHIVE of The College Weekly Report

12-26-2016 - Marrone: Business As Usual
12-24-2016 - Jaguars Win, If Only . . .
12-18-2016 - Bradley Fired: Who's Next?
12-14-2016 - Recovery Is The New Fitness Science
12-13-2016 - Jaguars vs. Ravens, London 2017
12-11-2016 - Jaguars Still Searching For Answers
12-11-2016 - Will Jimmy Make It To The Hall?
12-07-2016 - Rogers At Bolles: "This One Is Special"
12-06-2016 - Bradley: "It's Disheartening"
12-05-2016 - At The Bottom, Jaguars Remain Committed
12-04-2016 - Coughlin To Jaguars Surfaces Again
11-29-2016 - Despite Losses, Bradley Soldiers On
11-28-2016 - Critical Times, Small Mistakes, Jaguars Lose
11-22-2016 - Jaguars: Tell The Truth Monday
11-20-2016 - In A Game Of Inches, The Jaguars Are A Foot Behind
11-15-2016 - Jaguars Stick With Bortles
11-13-2016 - Jaguars Lose: Same Song, Wrong Notes
11-12-2016 - Jaguars Vs. Texans: 4 To Watch 4
11-11-2016 - Jags' OC Hackett "Excited" About Offense
11-09-2016 - Sports And Politics: Not So Strange Bedfellows
11-08-2016 - Bradley Says Jaguars Character In Tact
11-07-2016 - Jaguars Beat Jaguars In KC
11-03-2016 - Babby's Idea Screams "Minor League"
11-02-2016 - Cryotherapy Jax: Recovery Is The Key To Peak Performance
10-31-2016 - Bradley, Bortles Say Hackett Brings "New Vision"
10-29-2016 - Bradley Says Jaguars Lacked Focus
10-28-2016 - Khan Says Bradley's Staying
10-28-2016 - Time's Up: Jaguars Should Move On
10-25-2016 - "Unacceptable" According To Bradley. Is It Really?
10-24-2016 - Jaguars, Bradley Wobbling On The Tracks
10-23-2016 - Jaguars Embarrassed By Raiders, 33-16
10-18-2016 - Jaguars Run Game Needs Help
10-17-2016 - Jaguars Win, Need Work
10-15-2016 - Jaguars Bye Week Approach Slightly Different
10-11-2016 - Bradley: "It feels different out there"
10-10-2016 - Historic Ponte Vedra Inn And Club Survives Matthew
10-10-2016 - PV Residents Say Beach Is Resilient
10-10-2016 - Sawgrass CC: No Issues
10-04-2016 - Jaguars: 2 Weeks To Clean Things Up
10-02-2016 - Jaguars Beat Colts
10-01-2016 - Plenty Of Jaguars Fans In London
10-01-2016 - Jaguars In London: Routine Is Key
10-01-2016 - Jaguars/Colts: 4 To Watch 4
09-29-2016 - Bortles: "Stupid things, easily correctable"
09-29-2016 - Jaguars Say London Is More Like A Home Game
09-28-2016 - Palmer's Local Friends: "You'd have loved him even if he wasn't a golfer"
09-28-2016 - Bradley Knows Now Is The Time
09-26-2016 - Arnold Palmer: No One Like Him
09-26-2016 - Jaguars Squander Chances, Lose To Ravens
09-24-2016 - Jaguars/Ravens: 4 To Watch 4
09-20-2016 - Bradley, Jaguars At A Crossroads
09-18-2016 - Jaguars vs. SD: Nothing To Like
09-18-2016 - Jaguars/San Diego: 4 To Watch 4
09-16-2016 - Graeme Mcdowell Owns Restaurants, Wants To Play Golf
09-12-2016 - After Further Review: I Feel A Little Better Because They Don't
09-11-2016 - Exciting, Encouraged: Jaguars Still 0-1
09-10-2016 - Jaguars: 4 To Watch 4
09-10-2016 - Will Gus Bradley's Coaching Experiment Work?
09-08-2016 - Jaguars And Packers, More Similar Than You Think
09-06-2016 - Jaguars Roster: Bigger, Faster, Stronger
08-31-2016 - Are The Jaguars 'Hoping" For Success
08-30-2016 - Jaguars Know Bengals Effort Won't Fly
08-29-2016 - Wake Up Call For Jaguars Vs. Bengals
08-28-2016 - Jaguars "Fact Finding" vs. Bengals
08-23-2016 - Arrow Up On Jaguars
08-20-2016 - South End Zone Project: Khan Wants To Get It Right
08-13-2016 - Jets Game, Training Camp, Jaguars Still Working
08-03-2016 - Bortles Better, Defense Better
07-31-2016 - Stadium Improvements March On
07-29-2016 - FSU/Boise St. To Play Here In 2019
07-28-2016 - Air2G2 Local Company Making Good
07-27-2016 - Smith "Grateful and excited" to be in The Pride
07-27-2016 - Time for Jimmy Smith in The Pride
07-22-2016 - Jaguars Ready To Win Says Malik Jackson
07-22-2016 - Khan On 2016 Roster: "Scary Good"
07-15-2016 - Cryotherapy: The latest in "Sam's Big Comeback"
06-16-2016 - MJD on Jaguars: "They can win the South"
06-15-2016 - Foley To Leave Florida In A Good Spot
06-11-2016 - Marks Returns Optimistic
06-03-2016 - Hurns Deal Good All Around
05-31-2016 - Jaguars TE Thomas: We can be better
05-25-2016 - Hale Irwin at WGV: Winners have the heart of a champion"
05-24-2016 - Jaguars Start OTA's "Good not great."
05-20-2016 - Ramsey Hurt: Jaguars Snake Bit?
05-15-2016 - Day Wins THE PLAYERS 2016
05-13-2016 - Play Suspended At THE PLAYERS in Rd. 2
05-13-2016 - Wilcox Hole In One At 17
05-13-2016 - THE PLAYERS Round 2: Low Scores Again
05-12-2016 - First Round Players Notes
05-12-2016 - Day Early Leader At THE PLAYERS
05-12-2016 - Spite A Favorite, And Not Just For Golf
05-10-2016 - Fowler Still "Likes the Vibe"
05-10-2016 - Formula To Win THE PLAYERS? None
05-09-2016 - More Players At THE PLAYERS On Monday
05-09-2016 - Furyk Returns Optimistic At PLAYERS
04-30-2016 - Caldwell Takes Jack: "Risk To Be Great"
04-29-2016 - Jaguars' Ramsey: Best Player In The Draft
04-27-2016 - Khan On Draft Day: "Don't Be Impulsive"
04-23-2016 - Raising Money, Always Funny, Bill Murray's In Town
04-20-2016 - Mcelwain: Gators Much Farther Along
04-16-2016 - Armada Get 1st Win 2-1 vs. Miami FC
04-14-2016 - Rashean Retires As A Jaguar
04-09-2016 - Masters Traditions Like No Other
04-01-2016 - NFL Contributes To HS Player Safety
03-28-2016 - USA Soccer To Play Here September 6
03-26-2016 - When Watching Tony Kornheiser, Buyer Beware
03-24-2016 - Khan Still Moving Forward
03-23-2016 - Dave Caldwell's Jaguars Vision
03-23-2016 - Bradley: Stay to the Plan
03-09-2016 - Mayor Curry To Run Gate River Run
02-27-2016 - "The Hayt" Tests College Players At Sawgrass CC
02-19-2016 - Earnhardt, Kyle Busch win Duels at Daytona
02-18-2016 - Jaguars Re-sign Chad Henne
02-18-2016 - Champions Ride for Safety
02-12-2016 - The Players Military Appreciation Day
02-08-2016 - Hall of Fame Voting: A Process
02-04-2016 - FSU Class Among The Best In The Nation
02-04-2016 - Gators Bolster Offense on Signing Day
01-29-2016 - Stadium Clubs "Reimagined"
01-25-2016 - Remembering Rex Morgan
01-21-2016 - "Krossover" Helping Hs Hoops Teams
01-13-2016 - Cyclists And Motorists Looking For Compromise
01-07-2016 - Jacksonville in the D-League?
01-07-2016 - Smith Fired in Tampa: Jax DC?
01-05-2016 - For Gus' Sake, I Hope He's Right
01-04-2016 - Coughlin Out At Giants HC
01-03-2016 - Jaguars Lose To Texans, Work To Do
01-03-2016 - Jaguars Playing Today, Thinking About Tomorrow

All content at this site is subject to
© Copyright by Sam Kouvaris / All Rights Reserved
Designed and Created by Charlie Logan
A ® Ruffsounds Production
Website Hosting by KTEK International Inc.