Jaguars Hire Tom Coughlin As Executive VP

The Jaguars are hiring their former head coach Tom Coughlin as their Executive Vice President of Football Operations, a source tells ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter). Meanwhile, general manager Dave Caldwell will stay in place thanks to a two-year extension (Twitter link via Mark Long of The Associated Press). It’s a two-year deal for Coughlin, as well, tying all major players to the organization through 2019. Tom Coughlin (vertical)

[RELATED: Jaguars To Hire Doug Marrone As Head Coach]

Coughlin, 71 in August, was a candidate for the team’s head coaching gig in this cycle, but that job went to Doug Marrone earlier today. Most people in their 70s move to Florida for sunshine and golf, but Coughlin doesn’t have much interest in either. When he parted ways with the Giants last year, Coughlin stayed involved in football with a job in the league office. This year, Coughlin was hinting strongly that he wanted to coach again. His age and aggressive style probably hindered him from returning to the sidelines, but he has found a prominent role in an organization he knows well.

While Coughlin doesn’t technically have any experience as an NFL executive, he essentially acted as the Jaguars’ general manager during his head coaching run with the team from 1995-2002.

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  1. oldleftylong

    The Jaguars will stay cellar dwellers.

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  2. allphilly

    What exactly does the Executive VP of Football Operations for the Jaguars do? How much difference is Coughlin going to make?

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  3. Jim

    He can fire the GM and pick his own. Would figure that the GM is on a very short lease Marone will get two years to turn things around

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    • pedro vegas

      Clubs mix and match their titles, at the upper levels, as well as the actual job responsibilities. Some call their top football guy their President, but the exact pecking order isn’t always ascertainable outside of the building, especially in the beginning. Some of that is by design. Ideally, Ownership operates with an eye to filling any perceived gaps in the skill sets of the other principals. Worst case, it’s a prolonged game of Blind Man’s Backstabbing or even Rock, Scissors, Thermonuclear Bomb.

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