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Jaguars bump offseason reporting date back after NFLPA challenge

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Doug Marrone is the newly appointed head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. New head coaches in the NFL are permitted to begin their offseason programs a week earlier than incumbent coaches in order to give new staffs a chance to get a head start.

However, Marrone had already been coaching in Jacksonville for the last two seasons as an assistant on Gus Bradley’s staff. And that distinction has led to a butting of heads between the Jaguars and the NFL Players’ Association.

The Jaguars had received approval from the NFL to begin their offseason program on April 10 along with the other teams with new head coaches. However, the NFLPA challenged the Jaguars’ status of having a new head coach since Marrone served as interim head coach to end last season.

“Our position is that Doug Marrone is a new head coach this season after serving as interim head coach for the last two games of the 2016 season,” Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin said in a statement released by the team.

Following conversations with the league, the Jaguars have revised their offseason program to begin on April 17.

“We are glad to now know our reporting date, although we had planned to begin on April 10, and we had already invited our players to come in on that day,” Coughlin said.

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9 Responses to “Jaguars bump offseason reporting date back after NFLPA challenge”
  1. jasons81 says: Mar 28, 2017 11:39 PM

    Coughlin went on to say “If the players aren’t 7 days early then they will be considered late.”

  2. charger383 says: Mar 29, 2017 12:40 AM

    This makes players look lazy

  3. knowspinzone says: Mar 29, 2017 1:23 AM

    They could’ve started February 10th and it wouldn’t make a difference.

  4. JackieMoon says: Mar 29, 2017 2:46 AM

    It’s the Jags, does it really matter? Let them practice all year round, it still won’t be more than a 4-12 record

  5. joshsports600 says: Mar 29, 2017 5:32 AM

    Guys, got news for you. it doesn’t matter when you report. you’re still going to finish 5-11. might as well take the extra week off

  6. braven4evr says: Mar 29, 2017 8:24 AM

    With the way Coughlin works, guys who don’t report early will be punished in some sort of way.

  7. donbat67 says: Mar 29, 2017 8:50 AM

    Maybe they can use the week to repaint the helmets , they look like they fell face first in a pile of cow dung .

  8. jgedgar70 says: Mar 29, 2017 10:10 AM

    NFLPA is right on this one. You have to draw the line somewhere, and the appropriate line is between game 16 and the beginning of OTAs. If the coach for game 16 and the coach for the beginning of OTAs is the same guy, you are not a new head coach. If the coach for game 16 and the coach for the beginning of OTAs are different guys, you are a new head coach. This isn’t that hard.

  9. dan073eb says: Mar 29, 2017 5:40 PM

    It still wouldn’t help the jags if they started early, you guys. They’d still go -368,754-0. Insert helmet and tarp comment here.

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