A report late Wednesday night says former Jaguars VP of Football, Tom Coughlin, intended to retire with an announcement coming next week prior to Jacksonville’s finale with the Colts. However, owner Shad Khan apparently wanted to make a public statement by dismissing his top football executive before that could happen.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote Wednesday night that multiple sources had confirmed to him that Coughlin had made his intentions known to Khan and therefore, allow someone else to run the Jaguars football operations:
Tom Coughlin had planned to leave the Jaguars on his own after the season, but the Jaguars didn't give him a chance to resign or retire before firing him today https://t.co/0KXxZilRtg
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 19, 2019
However, as we wrote earlier Wednesday night Khad decided to go ahead and dismiss the man he hired to reinvent the Jaguars in January of 2017. This was due in large part to one last public embarrassment, as the NFLPA and former player Dante Fowler won a grievance against Coughlin and the Jags. That was for withholding $700,000 of Fowler’s money, because he was not regularly coming to see team doctors and trainers during the offseason, while having an injury.
For the record, a source close to the situation told F.F.I. after the Buccaneers blasted the Jaguars December 1st that Khan was leaning heavily to fire Coughlin, GM Dave Caldwell and Coach Doug Marrone and start over, potentially hiring a big name as coach/GM in Jacksonville.
And, Khan stopped short of endorsing Caldwell and Marrone to keep their jobs beyond the final two weekends of the regular season with his statement Wednesday night.
As for the 73 year old Coughlin, who won two Super Bowls as coach with the New York Giants, it’s understandable that he had come to the realization that the “hard line” way of dealing with players can have a negative effect. And further, the examples of getting rid of Fowler and Jalen Ramsey in trades, both to the Rams, obviously made the owner realize that maybe he was getting rid of the wrong guys instead of the one making the moves.
In any event, Khan, just like he did when he fired coach Gus Bradley on a Sunday night in late December after a humiliating week 15 loss in 2016, demonstrated Wednesday, that even if you are a Jaguars legend (Coughlin is), when he’s done with you, you’re done…. right then.