Jaguars pondering Coughlin
The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to their past to potentially find their future head coach.
Jags GM Dave Caldwell said on Monday former New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin “would be somebody we’d be interested in talking to” about the team’s coaching vacancy.
Jacksonville (2-12) fired Gus Bradley after a ninth consecutive loss on Sunday.
Bradley went 14-48 in four seasons with the Jags, the worst winning percentage (22.5) of any NFL coach with at least 60 games.
The 70-year-old Coughlin was Jacksonville’s first head coach, leading the Jaguars to a 68-60 record in eight seasons (1995-2002).
Coughlin resigned last January after 12 seasons with the Giants, but has made it clear he wants to return to the NFL. He is currently serving as a senior adviser to the league’s football operations department.
Caldwell might give him a shot at getting back on the sidelines.
“Tom’s a great man and a great person, and we’ ll see where it goes,” Caldwell said. “There will be a lot of guys we’re interested in talking to.”
Coughlin won two Super Bowls with the Giants and led them to the playoffs in four consecutive seasons (200508).
“He’s got so much experience in this stadium and he’s a great individual, so I think you can always learn from people,” Caldwell said. “There’s always a place for knowledge.”
Caldwell said head coaching experience “would be helpful” for Bradley’s successor, but he didn’t rule out hiring someone without any.
“I don’t want to avoid a candidate if he doesn’t have it because you can be overlooking a great future head coach,” Caldwell said.
“Experience is critical, even with our players. Our players are young, but they may lack experience in certain areas and I think experience is invaluable.”
Caldwell picked offensive line coach Doug Marrone as the team’s interim coach for the final two games. Marrone went 15-17 in two seasons (2013-14) as Buffalo’s head coach.
Marrone wasn’t expected to make any major changes at his first team meeting on Tuesday.
He’s even sticking with quarterback Blake Bortles, who was the main reason for Jacksonville’s offensive struggles this season.