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Tom Coughlin reportedly planned to retire next week

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The Jacksonville Jaguars were reportedly going to be without Tom Coughlin whether they fired him or not, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

Florio explains that, according to a source, Coughlin was going to walk away gracefully before the season finale against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 17:

Per multiple sources, the two-time Super Bowl winner was planning to retire at the end of the season. One source suggested that Coughlin had planned to announce next week that he’d leave the organization upon conclusion of the Week 17 game against the Colts.

But if he indeed had to go today, in the aftermath of a series of player grievance rulings confirming that the time for his hard-line tactics with players has come and gone, why not give him a chance to leave on his own terms? Through a spokesman, Jaguars owner Shad Khan has admitted that Coughlin was not given an opportunity to resign or retire before being fired.

He should have been. He likely would have accepted, and he could have left with some degree of dignity, in a way that minimizes the impact of such a difficult outcome on Coughlin and his family.


Second, you don’t get a chance to bow out gracefully when the literal players union finds that you’ve been egregiously shitty to players ever since you regained a position to do so.

Sorry not sorry. Coughlin had to go yesterday. He’s sunk the team twice now. He passed on literally three franchise quarterbacks in favor of Blake Bortles. Retiring would have absolved responsibility for his actions. Being fired means he has to sit in it. It’s called justice, folks. Look it up.

Go Jaguars.