During the broadcast coverage of the game between the Jaguars and Texans, cameras panned to a shot of running backs Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon sitting on the bench in a very nonchalant manner, seemingly disinterested in what was going on in the game.
This shot and perhaps other things said or done on the sideline during the game, has apparently caught the ire of Executive VP of Football Operations, Tom Coughlin, as he released a scathing statement via the media.
The Florida Times-Union’s Phillip Heilman tweeted out shortly after the game:
Statement from: Tom Coughlin:— Phillip Heilman (@phillip_heilman) December 30, 2018
“I am disappointed in the behavior today from T.J. Yeldon and Leonard Fournette. They were disrespectful, selfish and their behavior was unbecoming that of a professional football player.” #Jaguars pic.twitter.com/WmcwQKt2Ek
It was pretty much understood Yeldon was making his final appearance as a Jaguar as he enters unrestricted free agency now in March, but the comments about Fournette, Coughlin’s first draft pick as Jaguars EVP and head personnel director, coupled with the multitude of negative on and off the field events that has befallen the Jaguars running back in his short career, may be hinting that the team could be looking to part ways in the off-season.
Frankly, Fournette has been a bust as a Jaguar, and his status now with the team is just another unanswered question the trio of Coughlin, Caldwell, and Marron must account for this winter. A situation that the same trio, who were assured of keeping their jobs earlier in the afternoon, created.