Tom Coughlin is ‘non-committal’ about retiring after this season
Jacksonville Jaguars executive vice president Tom Coughlin held an impromptu media appearance on Wednesday, and during the session, he dodged questions about his future with the team, only saying “there are five games to go” when asked if he would be returning in 2020, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Coughlin added that any talks between himself and head coach Doug Marrone regarding their relationship will remain private.
“As I keep saying, we have five games to go, and then there will be evaluation of every one of us. Of everybody,” he said.
The Jaguars are now just 4-7 on the season after three straight losses, all of which were blowouts. Coughlin said there was “no excuses” about his team’s performance over the last several weeks and also declined to answer questions about former cornerback Jalen Ramsey, saying that Ramsey is “a member of another team.”
While Jacksonville was not expected to be anything more than a fringe playoff contender this season, its past few losses have certainly been bad, especially for a club known for its defense.
The Jags have also had a strange situation at quarterback this season, as rookie Gardner Minshew relieved an injured Nick Foles in Week 1 and, for the most part, played very well in Foles’ absence, but Foles regained his starting job upon getting healthy in Week 11.
Coughlin took his position with the Jaguars in 2017, a couple of years after being dismissed from his long-time post as head coach of the New York Giants.
Jacksonville won 10 games, captured the AFC South division title and made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game during Coughlin’s first year at the helm, but since then, the Jags have been very disappointing, particularly last season when they won just five games in spite of being lauded as as Super Bowl contender going into the season.