Jaguars pon­der­ing Coughlin

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in Jack­sonville, Florida

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.

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