The Jacksonville Jaguars will be starting a search for a new head coach in the next few weeks and one of those candidates appears to be former Jaguars and New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. Current Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell admitted that Coughlin would be a candidate for the vacant position and someone they would be interested in speaking with for the role. Coughlin has been long rumored to be a potential hire for the Jaguars, but according to a report by Mike Silver, he’s been lobbying for a spot with the Jaguars for a while now, even as member of Bradley’s staff.
Over the offseason, Tom Coughlin lobbied Gus Bradley to let him join his staff, likely as a coaching consultant, according to a source— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) December 19, 2016
Coughlin was let go as the Giants head coach at the end of the 2015 season and interviewed for the head coaching gig of the Philadelphia Eagles that offseason, but ultimately sat out the season taking a position with the league office. Coughlin has made no secret about wanting to get back into the coaching ranks, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that he lobbied to join Bradley’s staff as a consultant.
Conversely, it should be no surprise that Bradley would have likely been hesitant to add someone like Coughlin to his staff, in fear of Coughlin completely undermining him and taking over. Not that Coughlin would do that or that would be the idea, but that’s typically how coaches think, especially when adding a franchise icon like Coughlin to the staff even as a consultant.
The coaching search appears to definitely be interesting in the coming weeks.