Jags may talk to Cough­lin

Mar­rone tabbed as in­terim

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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.

Texans

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.

Colts

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.

Rams

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.

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