Tom Coughlin is going back to Jacksonville, this time as an executive.
ESPN first reported that Coughlin will be named the Jaguars’ Executive Vice President of Football Operations, joining GM David Caldwell in the Jags’ front office that will welcome Doug Marrone as their new head coach.
Coughlin’s first job as an NFL head coach came with the Jaguars for their first eight seasons in the NFL from 1995-2002. He won two Super Bowls as the Giants head coach during his time there (2004-15).
Pro Football Weekly had reported that Coughlin wasn’t going to be out of football long, and he was considered a candidate for the head-coaching vacancy in Buffalo, too. In this role, Coughlin — who turns 71 in August — can help a Jaguars team return to the postseason for the first time since 2007 without the everyday duties that come with being a head coach.
Coughlin was a very successful head coach, going 170-150 in 20 seasons with Jacksonville and the Giants, appearing in the playoffs nine. The Jaguars reached the postseason four years in a row from 1996-99 with Coughlin in charge. The Giants missed the postseason from 2012-15, including back-to-back 6-10 seasons, which led to Coughlin’s resignation last January.
Adam Schefter reported that the Jaguars are extending Caldwell’s contract two years, which will match his deal to the three-year contracts for Coughlin and Marrone.