The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the midst of another losing season and just fired their head coach Gus Bradley following Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans. Bradley was 14-48 in his four years as the coach of the team. As the Jags look for someone to write the ship, a few names have started to be bandied about.
One of the more interesting ones is Tom Coughlin. Coughlin was the first head coach that the organization had after joining as an expansion team in 1995. He led the Jags to four playoff appearances in his first five seasons including a trip to the AFC championship game. Since then, Coughlin went on to a successful run with the Giants that included two Super Bowl victories before being replaced by Ben McAdoo following a 6-10 year last season.
At age 70, isn’t Coughlin a little on the older side to be considering for a head coaching gig?
“I know Tom well and he’s a young 70. He has a lot of energy and he’s in great health so I wouldn’t hold that against him,” said former Jaguars player and current Westwood One analyst Tony Boselli on CBS Sports Radio’s DA Show with Damon Amendolara. “I definitely think he will be a strong candidate and somebody that I would want to, if I was the GM, sit down and talk with to see where he was at and what his plans would be. He has a great track record as everyone knows, he’s been here, this franchise had most of its success with him as head coach so he’s someone I would definitely sit down with. While you have to be aware of his age, seeing Tom this year, he doesn’t look or act 70, I’ll tell you that much.”
Whoever takes over the reins of the team will be inheriting a group that many thought was going to be a sneaky contender this season. The roster doesn’t lack for talent, so how attractive is the job?
“I think it’s a very good job, it’s a young roster, especially on the defense they have a lot of young players that I think have huge upside,” said Boselli. “On the defensive side it’s a unit that has improved greatly. Right now, offensively you’ve got some questions, especially at the quarterback position that you’ve got to kind of figure out. So, I think that will be a big question for whoever comes in and takes this job.”
The quarterback question that Boselli speaks of is third-year man Blake Bortles. Bortles looked to have had a breakout season last year when he threw for 4,428 yards with 35 touchdowns, though he did have 18 interceptions. This season, his touchdown to interception ratio has dropped to 21-to-16 and he’s completing just 57.8-percent of his passes. With his performance this year, there’s questions about where he fits in the team’s long-term future and whether general manager Dave Caldwell still believes he is their franchise QB.
“I think he still believes in Blake, but I don’t think he’s going to make it a requirement of anyone who comes in as a head coach that they have to give him the job,” said Boselli. “My guess is that he’ll want whoever the head coach is that comes in to give Blake a fair shake at that position and if he can win the job great. But, I think to get the right head coach in here, you’re going to have to give that guy some leeway in terms of who he thinks the best quarterback is going to be. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they bring in another veteran or possibly even draft somebody to compete with Blake for the starting position.”