The Jaguars were clearly intrigued by Coughlin, with Caldwell telling reporters last month: “Tom Coughlin is someone we’d be interested in talking to. … He’s got so much experience on myself or any coach we have in this building and he’s a great individual, and I think you can always learn from people.”
On Monday, Rapoport told NFL Network that the Jaguars “do really think they got it right here” in adding Coughlin, who spent the past year in the league office after logging 27 seasons of NFL coaching experience.
I started to get a feel for the game my second year, but I kind of took a step back because I thought I knew it all and didn’t stay on top of my technique and everything. My third year was kind of up and down but finished strong and gained a little bit more confidence to keep going. I studied a lot of film in the offseason and worked on my weaknesses.
Usually we just talk about football, but everything is a tight schedule, going straight to meetings, then you gotta eat, [do the] cool tub and everything. You don’t have a lot of time to just chill, because by then, you have something else to do. It’s been fun in there, though.
Making matters worse, both Henne and Bortles were hurt by a ground game that served up multiple negative-yardage runs, which made “it very difficult for whoever’s playing quarterback,” per Marrone.
With or without the surrounding support, Jacksonville simply doesn’t have a signal-caller who screams “franchise passer.” They’ve got two underwhelming options under center, meaning both will likely play during another long season on offense for the Jags.
Third-year back T.J. Yeldon suffered a hamstring injury in the Jaguars’ Week 2 preseason game Thursday night. With Yeldon and Leonard Fournette (foot) sidelined, Harris can help fill the void at running back for the remainder of preseason action. Harris was previously with the team back in 2011.
Harris most recently played for the San Francisco 49ers, and was released by the team in May. He’s also had stints with the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.
Rapoport and Garafolo added Albert did not accompany the Jaguars to New England for the team’s joint practice with the Patriots and preseason opener.
Albert was traded by the Dolphins to the Jags before skipping offseason workouts in hopes of acquiring a new deal, and eventually deciding to call it a career. The 32-year-old made two Pro Bowls (2013 and 2015) during his career. He started 118 games over nine seasons with the Chiefs and Dolphins.
Last season did not do that belief any favors, as Bortles regressed alongside one of the least effective running games in the league. By now, none of this is news.
The one positive for Jaguars fans perplexed by this Bortles situation is that 2017 will be definitive. The club has shifted into win-now mode as evidenced by their aggressive spending on the free agent market and the acquisition of one of the draft’s best individual athletes, Leonard Fournette. Should Bortles’ message turn out not to be true, the team will know for sure that it’s time to move on. Bortles’ performances during minicamp and training camp should provide a fascinating window into the eventual outcome.