The Jaguars successfully returned on Wednesday to executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin, ending a two-year term marked by a sharp drop in field performance and allegations of player mismanagement.
Earlier this week, the NFL Players Association won a dietary complaint against Jacksonville after Coughlin fined players who did not receive offseason medical treatment at team facilities – a clear breach of collective bargaining rules. As a result, the Jaguars were forced to pay the players, and Coughlin was criticized for leaving his team unnecessarily punished.
The grievance case, which draws on former players’ comments against Jacksonville, added a long list of problems during Coughlin’s reign. The Jaguars went from reaching the 2017 AFC Championship and with perhaps the best young defense in the league to consecutive losing seasons and numerous star departures. Defensive backs Jalen Ramsey and Dante Fowler left for the Rams through separate deals, possibly contributing to the unit’s recent downturn.
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The minutes were announced after Wednesday’s firing, when Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette tweeted a famously flashing gif. Fournette was one of the players to win a grievance against the team.
RB Leonard Fournette confirms that he won a lawsuit against the Jaguars to cancel the $ 99,000 cash. Tom Coughlin fined Fournette for his actions (sitting on the bench while inactive) during the 2018 season finale
– Mark Long (@ APMarkLong) December 18, 2019
Ramsey also weighs – to a degree.
Jacksonville owner Shad Khan said he had planned to shoot Coughlin at the end of the campaign, but that his mindset had changed this week.
General manager Dave Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone will remain on staff for now, Khan said.
More Khan: “General manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone will speak directly to me on a temporary basis. My expectations and those of our fans for the last two games and the 2020 season are high.” https://t.co/7NcsCamAFR
– Mark Long (@ APMarkLong) December 19, 2019