Tom Coughlin thinks absent players should be with the Jaguars
If one thing is for certain, Tom Coughlin is never going to let his players off easy. The Jacksonville Jaguars front office head was a punishing head coach, and he’s taken that mentality with him to his time as an executive.
The Jaguars just started the voluntary portion of their offseason program, and there were a couple of notable absences. Most notably, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith opted not to participate.
When Coughlin spoke to the media Thursday, he made it clear he wasn’t happy with them.
“We’re close to 100 percent attendance — and quite frankly all of our players should be here,” Coughlin said, according to John Oehser of the team’s official website.
Coughlin doesn’t mess around, and he runs a pretty tight ship. Last year, he blasted Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon for not standing on the sideline during a Week 17 game where they were both inactive. At the time, he called them both “selfish” and “disrespectful.”
Coughlin had the reputation as a no nonsense coach during his time with the Giants, and he clearly hasn’t changed much. As for the Jaguars, they’re heading into a pivotal season. They were a couple of plays from the Super Bowl two seasons ago, but collapsed last year.
Blake Bortles regressed sharply, and was even benched for Cody Kessler at one point. After the abysmal season, the team went out and signed Nick Foles to be their new franchise quarterback. The team invested a lot in Foles, and the job security of Coughlin and head coach Doug Marrone are likely tied to him.
With a ton of talent still on defense, expectations will be high in 2019. If the Foles signing doesn’t work out, both Marrone and Coughlin could be dusting off their resumes after the season.