Don’t get confused: Tom Coughlin is not the coach of the Jaguars. He just inhabits what had been the coach’s office at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, maintains a coach’s diet of meetings and film sessions, wields a coach’s glare at practices and is generally addressed as, well, Coach. And on this midsummer’s morning Coughlin is displaying the endless vigor necessary to succeed at the job he doesn’t have.
The 71-year-old executive vice president of football operations is explaining how he got here. And while his voice stays controlled, his right hand repeatedly pounds the table in front of him, emphasizing the key moments of his journey.
Since Dave Caldwell has been the Jacksonville Jaguars general manager, he’s done his best to keep the roster young as that typically is a key in longevity in the NFL. According to Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice, he once again succeeded in that upon final cuts Saturday as the Jags were ranked as the fifth-youngest roster in football, coming in with an average age of 25.5. That marks improvement upon the Jags average last year, which was 25.6 and good for seventh in the league.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will open their 2018 regular season as well as they can this week, preparing to face the New York Giants in Week 1 with every single player on the 53-man roster healthy and ready to go.
That’s according to head coach Doug Marrone who looked about as happy as he could giving the media the news after practice on Sunday.