A reunion between Tom Coughlin, one of the most prominent figures in Jacksonville sports history, and the Jaguars is possible this offseason, according to league sources. Jags owner Shahid Khan is mulling over coaching changes, and Coughlin has appeal to the team in various capacities.
It would be shocking if Gus Bradley is not let go as head coach at the end of the season, with that move essentially a fait accompli at this point.
Coughlin, 70, was pursuing coaching openings a year ago but is also viewed as an excellent candidate in a team president/football czar role. Bills ownership reached out to him earlier this season, but sources said that team is unlikely to make changes at this point given how the season has played out.
While sources believe the Jags may retain GM Dave Caldwell, a restructuring of the front office is possible. The Jags have accrued some quality young talent but continue to finish last in the weak AFC South, and quarterback Blake Bortles has regressed.
Coughlin, working in the NFL office this season, retains a home in Jacksonville, and the area has a special appeal to him. He was the first coach of the expansion Jaguars in 1995 and guided the team to a 68-60 record in eight years. That stretch includes a 14-2 record in 1999 that still stands as the franchise's best season. He then went on to win two Super Bowls in his 12 seasons coaching the Giants before parting with that team at the end of last season.
Coughlin has the old-school track record and scouting background to balance out the analytical thrust within the Jacksonville front office and a unique appeal to Jags fans as well. Some who know Coughlin well believe he would quickly establish a strong rapport with Khan, and the Jags are in need of more proven football resumes among their decision-makers.