After he stepped down as the head coach of the New York Giants after the 2015 season, Tom Coughlin tried to get another head coaching job but was unsuccessful.
He tried for the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers head coaching jobs, but they went to other candidates, so the two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach is working for the NFL and spending the 2016 season like he did in the 2003 season; not coaching.
But that could very well change, maybe as soon as next season and into this winter as the Jacksonville Jaguars could be talking about making a head coaching change and looking to part with Gus Bradley, whose been very underwhelming in his tenure down in Jacksonville; 14-41 in less than four seasons and already off to a 2-5 record. Bradley has a young team that has been built through draft picks, but in their last couple of games, the effort of the players has been called into question and that’s where Bradley will take the blame, as many wonders if he’s the right guy for the job.
If Jacksonville decides to make the change, which some expect that they will, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Coughlin could be the guy for the Jaguars, as they are reportedly interested in a reunion with the 70-year-old head coach who was the very first head coach of the Jaguars over 20 years ago.
Getting Coughlin for the 2017 season would be the perfect fit for both sides, as it would give the Jaguars an established coach who can immediately take the reins and command the respect from the players, especially considering the hardware he’d be carrying with him with two Lombardi trophies and rings to his name and resume; something Jacksonville has never done or had in their coaching history.
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It would also allow Coughlin one last hurrah in the NFL and a chance to end his NFL career on his terms, as he was forced into stepping down from his coaching job with the New York Giants following consecutive 6-10 seasons and his departure left a very sour taste in his mouth due to the fact that he never wanted to leave the organization, but the franchise felt it was time for a change and hired a much younger head coach in Ben McAdoo.
With a roster like the Jaguars, it wouldn’t be something new to Coughlin considering he was the architect of the expansion Jaguars in 1995 and spent well over a year building that team as the coach and then-general manager and got them to the AFC Championship Game in 1996 and again in 1999; posting a 68-60 record in eight seasons and made the postseason in four straight seasons.
With the coaching carousel that has gone on in Jacksonville since Coughlin departed in 2002, four head coaches since he left, a return for Coughlin to the Jaguars to try to restore order to a franchise he helped build would make perfect sense for both parties.
Bradley’s departure from Jacksonville seems like it’s only a matter of time and when that happens, Coughlin should be the first guy who is called for the job.