Jags may talk to Coughlin
Marrone tabbed as interim
After firing Bradley, Jacksonville has interest in bringing back franchise’s first coach.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to their past to potentially find their future head coach.
General manager Dave Caldwell said Monday that former New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin “would be somebody we’d be interested in talking to” about the team’s vacancy.
The Jaguars (2-12) fired Gus Bradley after the franchise’s ninth consecutive loss Sunday. Bradley went 14-48 in four seasons in Jacksonville, the worst winning percentage (.225) 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 could 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 (2005-08).
“He’s got so much experience on myself or on any coach that we have in this building 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 won’t make any major changes when he holds his first team meeting today. He’s even sticking with quarterback Blake Bortles, who was the main reason for Jacksonville’s offensive struggles this season.
At Houston, Tom Savage will start at quarterback for the Texans on Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Coach Bill O’Brien announced the decision Monday, a day after Savage took over in the second quarter when Brock Osweiler was benched against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Savage threw for 260 yards to help Houston rally from a 13-point deficit for a 21-20 win in his first regularseason action since 2014.
O’Brien wouldn’t say if he planned to start Savage for the rest of the season, saying the team is focused on the Bengals.
Osweiler has struggled in his first season in Houston after signing a $72 million contract to join the Texans from Denver. He threw two interceptions before he was benched Sunday to give him 16 interceptions and just 14 touchdowns this season.
At Indianapolis, the Colts put defensive tackle Art Jones on injured reserve Monday, ending his season.
It’s the second consecutive year that the injuryprone Jones has been unable to complete the season because of health.
Last year, he missed the entire season with an injured ankle. He couldn’t play in Sunday’s win at Minnesota because of an injured groin.
Since joining the Colts as a free agent in 2014, Jones has only played in 17 of 46 regular-season games — missing 25 with injuries and the first four of this season after violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
At Thousand Oaks, Calif., Sean Mannion has only been active for one game this season for Los Angeles, as the backup quarterback in the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers.
He could get back in the lineup Saturday — with a chance to start, too.
Starter Jared Goff is in concussion protocol after being knocked out of last Thursday’s 24-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks with a head injury. The rookie No. 1 overall draft pick participated in team meetings and a light workout Monday, and interim coach John Fassel said Goff is day to day.
Fassel said a decision regarding Goff ’s availability against the 49ers would likely come by Thursday, when the Rams hold their final practice during the short holiday week.