January 09, 2017

Jaguars Promote Doug Marrone, Make Tom Coughlin a VP: The Jacksonville Jaguars promoted interim coach Doug Marrone to the job, hired former coach Tom Coughlin as executive vice president of football operations and extended general manager Dave Caldwell's contract by two more years. Here's a confidence builder from the local Florida Times-Union: "Who has control over the 90- and 53-man rosters is unclear."

posted by rcade to football at 05:54 PM - 5 comments

First Mike Mularkey and now Doug Marrone. The road to coaching the Jaguars goes through Buffalo and you have to quit the Bills after two seasons without getting fired.

I wanted Coughlin and he reportedly wanted Marrone, so I guess I should be happy. But who's in charge now?

posted by rcade at 06:33 PM on January 09

Pardon my ignorance, but why did you want Coughlin back? From my outside perspective, even with the Pats losing twice to his Giants in the Super Bowl, I'd just as soon have Father Coughlin coach my favorite team.

posted by yerfatma at 10:28 AM on January 10

Coughlin was great in Jacksonville and comes back with two Super Bowl rings. After Jack del Rio and Gus Bradley both were new head coaches given far too much time to prove themselves, the idea of bringing in an experienced figure is compelling.

I see Coughlin as a Bill Parcells-type hire. He's been given authority over GM Dave Caldwell, so this is now Coughlin's team with Coughlin's coach. This gives us a shot at making things happen with a roster that I feel is more talented than the results we've been getting. Bradley was an execrable game day coach.

posted by rcade at 11:10 AM on January 10

I see Coughlin as a Bill Parcells-type hire.

I get the Jags have nowhere to go but up, but none of those Parcells' teams did anything of note, did they?

posted by yerfatma at 03:27 PM on January 10

Hiring Coughlin is visionary thinking at its finest.

If the Jags make the playoffs and find themselves facing the Pats, they've got Belichick's supreme nemesis ready and waiting to help extend the curse.

If the NFL ever decides to adopt relegation and the Jags find themselves playing Notre Dame, having Coughlin on board will seem like a stroke of genius.

posted by beaverboard at 06:56 PM on January 10

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