Tom Coughlin relieved of duties as Jaguars’ VP of Football Operations
Tom Coughlin has been relieved of his duties as Executive Vice President of Football Operations of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced.
Said Jaguars owner Shad Khan in an official statement:
“Within the past hour I informed Tom Coughlin that he was being relieved of his duties as Executive Vice President of Football Operations of the Jacksonville Jaguars, effective this evening. I determined earlier this fall that making this move at the conclusion of the 2019 season would be in everyone’s best interests but, in recent days, I reconsidered and decided to make this change immediately. I thank Tom for his efforts, not only over the past three years but for all he did from our very first season, 25 years ago, to put the Jacksonville Jaguars on the map. General Manager Dave Caldwell and Head Coach Doug Marrone will each report directly to me on an interim basis. My expectations, and those of our fans, for our final two games and the 2020 season are high.”
The first of the Jaguars (an expansion team in 1995), Coughlin made the franchise quickly respectable. However, his poor management of the salary cap sunk them into a dark hole of losing seasons. He went on to the New York Giants in 2004, where he would two Super Bowls as their head coach.
Coughlin returned to the Jaguars in 2017. Under his watch, Jacksonville went to the AFC Championship in his first-year on-board. However, some questionable moves and the recent learning of endless and ridiculous fines headed towards players ultimately marked the 73-year-old’s demise.