The Jacksonville Jaguars have had a trend so far through free agency with signing players, in that they have been picking up players who are married and have good wives. Many attributed this trait to Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith, who puts a focus on character, but it was actually something from new head coach Mike Mularkey.
"If you're happy at home with your wife at home, I think the energy level is higher," Mularkey told the Wall Street Journal. "It's very important to me...There's a lot that goes with being married. I just believe the happier you are with your wife, the happier you are on the field. I really believe that."
Last season, the only free agent the Jaguars signed who was married was defensive end Matt Roth, so this is a new "thing" for the Jaguars that they look for. The Jaguars have even gone so far as inviting players wives to the facility when visiting with the player and trying to sign them. The belief is that when a player is married, that institution and stability help the player focus on football and they become more responsible.
"I never planned to go," Laurent Robinson's wife, Kat, told the Wall Street Journal. "They asked him to bring me. We've been in the league five years; I never knew of anything like that. They said, 'We want your wife to come.'"
It remains to be seen if this idea when signing players will work out, but it's an interesting concept at the least.