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Jags Coughlin on new QB Foles: “His presence is what’s important”

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are obviously counting heavily on new free agent quarterback Nick Foles to help them turn their fortunes back around for 2019. Foles was handpicked by VP of football Tom Coughlin and head coach Doug Marrone to come in and improve drastically the quarterback play for an offense that floundered badly the year ago

On Monday morning at the TPC Sawgrass golf course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Coughlin’s annual “Jay Fund Celebrity Golf Tournament” was being held. It’s an annual event that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for sick and terminally ill children. And, Coughlin jumped on the Jaguars flagship radio station 1010 XL sports radio morning show to cover several subjects including Foles already in a leadership role:

Jacksonville gave Foles a massive contract on the heels of him leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl win two years ago and following that up with more crucial victories at the end of 2018 and a playoff win at Chicago this past January.

Coughlin’s said to the hosts,

“The way he’s gone about it is very interesting. He works his teammates really, really well. You used the word ‘selfless?’ That’s the word he uses. I think the second day he’s here, he’s over at (Leonard) Fournette’s and they’re going over installation for that day…. He’s out there working just like everybody else is out there working. And, his presence is what’s important. It’s like that thing that I insinuate a lot… ‘Don’t tell me. Show me.’ Let’s stop so much verbaige and let’s work it.”

Foles cashed in receiving $25 million to sign with a fully guaranteed additioanl $15 million salary for 2020, too.  Jacksonville is reuniting him with his former QB coach in Philly, John DeFilippo. It was obviously part of the Coughlin/Marrone strategy to hire DeFilippo in February in hopes to convince Foles to sign in North Florida.

And, the Jaguars are definitely in need of leadership and trying to get some swagger back, after a playoff 2017 went so bad, so quickly last year.

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