The criticism of the Jaguars and specifically VP of Football Tom Coughlin’s off-season tactics in dealing with players has come under previous criticism. And now, an arbitrator has publicly rebuked Coughlin and the Jags in a ruling against in a grievance hearing with former player, Dante Fowler.
First the NFLPA publicized the arbiter’s ruling in favor of a player, but did not name him. That player had been fined repeatedly in the offseason of 2018 (totally some $700,000) for not having come to the Jaguars facility to be checked by team doctors and trainers during a rehab process.
NFLPA won an arbitration grievance against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Said Jags tried requiring players to get all offseason medical treatment at team facility, which contravenes the CBA. “You as players may want to consider this when you have a chance to select your next club.” pic.twitter.com/S1eyqqw8cg
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) December 16, 2019
Well, it didn’t take long after that was publicized for Fowler, now an L.A. Rams defensive end, to chime in publicly that he was the player in question, and that he’s gotten all of his $700,000 back from the appeal with the Union to arbitration.
They literally hated me . I got it all back though! Thanks to the NFLPA https://t.co/vUIg5tsKvr
— Dante fowler (@dantefowler) December 16, 2019
Fowler was traded to the Rams in October of 2018 after not having his fifth year option picked up by the club. Coughlin had taken the step in the offseason of 2018 to tell the media that there were certain reasons why the team had not yet followed through with wanting to keep the former number third overall pack for the 2019 season.
One factor was Fowler’s previous arrest for assault in 2017 for an incident involving a fight with a St Petersburg man in an apartment complex. Fowler eventually plead the case out in March of last year, and the league even suspended Fowler for a game for violating the personal conduct policy.
The team had no comment to the media on the arbiter ruling and Fowler’s victory.
Fowler has 50 tackles, 13 for loss and nine sacks this season in L.A.
In addition to that situation and the fines being levied against Fowler, Coughlin was publicly chastised in April by the NFLPA and president Eric Winston for publicly criticizing defensive players Jalen Ramsey and Telvin Smith. They were not attending organized team activity workouts in the spring of this past year.
It’s unclear if the Jaguars were trying to fine those players for not showing up at what are supposed to be voluntary workouts, just like they had been fining Fowler in the off-season a year-and-a-half ago.
Smith abruptly retired, for reasons that have yet to be explained, in May and Ramsey was eventually traded also to the Rams after an ordeal of several weeks. That’s where he repeatedly was trying not to play games for the team using a supposed back injury, and being away for the the birth of a child has reasons to be inactive.
Coughlin and coach Doug Marrone are both on the hot seat, as the Jaguars have faltered badly down the stretch and are headed for a second 10 loss season in row. They had lost five games in a row until the came from behind to upset the Raiders Sunday in Oakland.