NFLPA keeps close tabs on Jaguars under Tom Coughlin

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From the moment the clocks in Jacksonville were set five minutes early, the NFL Players Association knew that the ticking had begun toward confrontations with new Jaguars executive V.P. of football operations Tom Coughlin.

Already, two have occurred. First came the mandate that players return in March for physicals, a requirement that has sparked an argument that the Jaguars have violated the terms of the labor deal. Per multiple sources, players actually did show up for the physicals — and those who came from out of town weren’t happy about it.

Next came the attempt to launch the offseason program earlier than allowed. The Jaguars claim that the hiring of a new coach (Doug Marrone) permits them to begin before April 17. The statement issued by the team reiterates this belief, glossing over the fact that (per a source with knowledge of the situation) the NFLPA filed on Monday a grievance challenging the proposed starting date and, by Tuesday night, the issue had been resolved with the Jaguars delaying the opening of the program until April 17, the earliest starting date for teams with returning coaches.

It’s not the first time the union has been keeping close tabs on Coughlin. When he became Giants coach in 2004, the late Gene Upshaw (who served for years as NFLPA executive director) put Coughlin “on notice” regarding the voluntary nature of the offseason program.

“We don’t care if they get a new coach,” Upshaw said in May 2004. “He has rules, we have rules. If he doesn’t want to live within our rules, we will get him.”

Current leadership of the NFLPA already has gotten him twice, and the offseason program hasn’t opened yet. If there’s any potential noncompliance by the Jaguars once players report for optional workouts on April 17, it’s safe to assume that there will be more grievances.

53 responses to “NFLPA keeps close tabs on Jaguars under Tom Coughlin

  1. Really? That’s all you have??? How about the rebuilt defense?? Free agents? New concert hall outside? New brewery and improved parking? Jeez.

  2. Welcome to managing the millennial generation, Mr. Coughlin. In late, out early and don’t dare take them away from their social media, gaming or political causes.

    You have a proven recipe for winning but this is not the league you left and it is now about getting the most money for the least possible effort. Unfortunately I don’t think the players on your roster are willing to pay the price and without buy-in, you are going to be back on the street before they are.

  3. Changing the losing culture in Jax won’t be easy. Coughlin will do it piece by piece. Those who don’t want to comply can go play for Cleveland or Tampa instead.

  4. Unions may have had a purpose back into the 70s, but now it’s merely a shield to hide behind for lazy people who have zero loyalty to an employer that pays a great wage. These Athletes get paid better than 85% of average American (even the NFLs minimum wage), but have a union that won’t allow the team to have its employees show up at work during the offseason to assess their health after documented injuries and/or surgery. What crap!

  5. That whole “on time is late” idea is so antiquated. I have a boss that try’s to pull that stuff. He even set the clocks forward 5 minutes in our conference room. It doesn’t breed some sort of culture of professionalism, it breeds a cutlue of resentment. Treat your employees like adults, not children and they will respect you and work hard.

    For the record, when I have a meeting I need to be five minutes early to be on time to, I stop working 15 minutes before the meeting so I don’t get caught up on a call or in a email and show up “late”. If we have 4 meetings in a given day, that is one hour of lost productivity.

  6. Marrone should be considered a new coach making the April 3rd new coach OTA date valid. This is blatant targeting and possible age discrimination on the NFLPA’s part. Poor Jags players, after a guy like Go Along Gus they can’t handle having an old school boss. If this was Pete the Cheat, who’s well liked by his players, instead of a task master like Coughlin it would just be business as usual. Pete’s probably got guys coming in next week but ‘just to hang out together.’

  7. Multi million lion dollar contracted employees that are so lazy, yet disgruntled from having to do something that benefits the team. The winning motto of “Come early, stay late!” is not one players and their fat cat union have any respect for.

  8. Coughlin is about to learn that the special treatment Goodell and his flunkies give to John Mara and the New York Giants doesn’t extend to the 30 teams that play outside of the Meadowlands. We’ll see how effective Coughlin is now that he has to play by the rules.

  9. Any one else a vet here? We had an NCO who would say if your not five minutes early to five minutes early to five minutes early, than your late. Do you know how much time we spent, in fifteen minute blocks, waiting for a show time that only meant more waiting. I dont have PTSD because of the war I have it from time spent waiting. But seriously Coughlin seems like a jerk.

  10. Jags will no doubt be a better team under coughlins leadership. If they win the NFC south in the next year or two you won’t hear anything by the players under him. If they continue to look and play like the jags of late then watch out!

  11. The GIANTS ended up revering this man because he delivered two Lombardis.

    If I was a player on the Jags, I would be following Toms requests to the letter.

  12. You go T.C.!!!!! The next time you play Mara’s Giants, I hope you get your revenge, and it will be sweet…..

  13. We wouldn’t those players working too hard now, would we? The NFLPA is just bent that they signed a bad CBA (hindsight and in their eyes).

  14. My work does some voluntary activities too. They clearly state they are voluntary, they even stress that point. Nowhere ever do they even hint its anything other than voluntary. Its clearly stated there is no penalty if one does not particibate. But its foolish as hell to not participate.

  15. realtruthteller100 says:
    Mar 30, 2017 12:33

    ” ive always said that unions are just the socialists trying to undermine our freedoms.”

    Yeah- because all of those returning World War 2 vets
    that took Union jobs in the 40’s and 50’s when America was a mostly Union country were Socialists.

    You know- the fifties when America was great again!

  16. They brought back the old dictator- he snapped at everyone at the intro dinner “this is all just dandy but it’s all about winning, it’s about who got the best lunch” or something like that.

    He’s violated NFLPA rules twice already, his scowling face appears on the front page of the website and everyone in the building is looking over their shoulder.

    It’s an angry vibe in Jacksonville these days, will it translate to on-field play? Stay tuned, the Final Coughlin Show has just begun.

  17. Coughlin had been cheating for years way back but Goodell protected him due to his relationship with Mara.

    Mara and Goodell were the ones who leaked the SB 36 Walkthrough tape lie out the eve of SB 42 to the distract and cheat the Pats.

    As we know, the Giants got lucky and took advantage of the cheating to block the Pats from going 19-0.

    In the back of the end zone, watching Burress catch that TD is Ray Anderson and Mike Kensil standing there smiling.

    Hmm.

  18. This sucks because they probably should be working on getting better – but its unfair if you get paid for a job and others don’t have to do the same work. Its hard to feel bad for these guys when they are making so much money, but I can only imagine the toll this sport takes on your body.

  19. No, unions enforce safe workspaces and force employer to provide healthcare for a skilled workforce. That’s all they do these days.

  20. Coughlin was brought in because what the Jags have been doing for the last decade or so wasn’t working. It’s disappointing but not surprising that the players are pushing back on practically everything he is putting into place. Something has to give and whether that means a massive roster purge – or Coughlin quickly retreating to the safety and sanity of retirement – remains to be seen.

  21. One would think that a team which has been so bad and now has someone with a solid reputation and who has won, would want to work. However, they seem to want to whine……

  22. bassplucker says:
    Mar 29, 2017 9:55 PM
    Welcome to managing the millennial generation, Mr. Coughlin. In late, out early and don’t dare take them away from their social media, gaming or political causes.

    You have a proven recipe for winning but this is not the league you left and it is now about getting the most money for the least possible effort. Unfortunately I don’t think the players on your roster are willing to pay the price and without buy-in, you are going to be back on the street before they are.
    _________________

    Oh shut up with this. They have a contract that they and the other 31 teams have to follow called the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Coughlin doesn’t get any exceptions to break the rules, he has to follow them just like everyone else, he doesn’t get to break the rules just because Jacksonville has been terrible for as long as anyone can remember.

    And this “proven recipe for winning”? He has a career record that is barely over .500. He has made the playoffs only 9 times in 20 years as a head coach, including missing the playoffs his last 4 years as a head coach and 6 of his last 7. The Super Bowls were flukes with his teams getting hot at the perfect time. He does not have a proven recipe for winning, he has however proven that the game has passed him by.

  23. The CBA has some dumb things in it *BUT*
    The CBA was agreed to by the OWNERS.
    So the GM doesn’t get to violate it because he doesn’t like it.

    If the owners want more practices then negotiate it.

    Life is about negotiations, and supply and demand.
    The owners agreed to it, so live with it, warts and all.

  24. Coughlin made Eli Manning a champion…twice. At the expense of Tom Brady. Let that sink in. Coughlin broke my heart in Feb 2008 when his team shut down NE and I’ve had nothing but respect for him since. He’s a proven winner with a track record of success all the way back to his 96 upset of the Broncos. So Coughlin being *old school* is the biggest knock against him and he’s too unruly for the union…give me a break.

  25. sportnik2 says:
    Mar 29, 2017 11:42 PM
    Coughlin is about to learn that the special treatment Goodell and his flunkies give to John Mara and the New York Giants doesn’t extend to the 30 teams that play outside of the Meadowlands. We’ll see how effective Coughlin is now that he has to play by the rules.
    _________________

    Well, he took the Jags to the conference championship game in 1999, which is still more recent than the last time the Cowboys or Redskins have been there.

  26. He’s trying to instill something in these young players that have been fed ‘just keep trying’ ‘just get better’ and ‘it’s not about winning’ for the last 3 years.

    Work hard, work harder than anyone else, be responsible for your actions… and maybe just maybe you’ll earn something.

    Cuz 3 wins a season ain’t gonna cut it.

    Welcome back to J-Ville Coughlin.

  27. Well the NFL and NFLPA agreed to a certain set of rules, which means the owners signed off on it. So, if Coughlin decides his privilege of working for a pro league outweighs everyone else’s, he has issues. Everyone else complies, and those who don’t pay for it. Time to adapt again.

  28. another reason why Unions are ruining the country. NFLPA should pick up and go to North Korea. Unions meant something to clean-up rampant employer abuse 100 years ago in sweatshops. Millionaires do not need a Union and these players are idiots for sending part of their paycheck to a Union.

  29. Slow your roll on Coughlin here. The two Lombardis with the Giants on mediocre seasons with an unlikely late season run by the defense. Not taking anything away from the Lombardis but he was not a good coach with the Giants. He had an impressive run of not making the playoffs (not even WC round) when they were clearly the most talented team in a then weak NFC East division.

    To those who call NFL players lazy because they don’t want to report to “voluntary” stuff outside of the players agreement come on. There are only 1700 NFL players in the World- do you think they got there by being “Lazy Millennials”?

    How would you like it if your employer asked you to get on a plane at your own expense and report to work in the middle of your vacation?

  30. Tom Coughlin knows the rules. Tom doesnt care. Plain and simple. That team was a complete joke last year.
    I run a football league in Canada for U17 and the football season is 7 months. Training camp starts in April and they get a THREE week break in july and are back at it from the end of July to November!!!! And these guys dont get paid and go to school during the day etc…

    Complete joke.

  31. intrafinesse says:
    Mar 30, 2017 9:28 AM
    The CBA has some dumb things in it *BUT*
    The CBA was agreed to by the OWNERS.
    So the GM doesn’t get to violate it because he doesn’t like it.

    campcouch says:
    Mar 30, 2017 10:35 AM
    Well the NFL and NFLPA agreed to a certain set of rules, which means the owners signed off on it. So, if Coughlin decides his privilege of working for a pro league outweighs everyone else’s, he has issues.

    goldtooth80 says:
    Mar 30, 2017 11:12 AM
    Tom Coughlin knows the rules. Tom doesnt care.
    ______________________

    Just to clear this up there is a new HC in Jacksonville. The CBA allows teams with new HC’s to begin OTA’s on April 3. The NFLPA is the one flexing it’s muscles here based on Marrone having been the interim coach for 2 games last season.

  32. nflfan12blog says:
    Mar 30, 2017 11:07 AM

    Slow your roll on Coughlin here. The two Lombardis with the Giants on mediocre seasons with an unlikely late season run by the defense. Not taking anything away from the Lombardis but he was not a good coach with the Giants. He had an impressive run of not making the playoffs (not even WC round) when they were clearly the most talented team in a then weak NFC East division.

    To those who call NFL players lazy because they don’t want to report to “voluntary” stuff outside of the players agreement come on. There are only 1700 NFL players in the World- do you think they got there by being “Lazy Millennials”?

    How would you like it if your employer asked you to get on a plane at your own expense and report to work in the middle of your vacation?
    _________________________

    Seriously? Most adults have full-time jobs. Jobs that entail coming in for roughly 40 hours per week, and if you’re lucky, maybe you get two, three, or even four weeks of vacation in an entire year. You’re justifying this behavior from professional athletes by comparing them to a typical adult, while failing to mention the fact that a pretty good NFL player will probably make more in one or two NFL seasons than most people will make in their entire lives.

    Let’s not compare apples and oranges here, okay?

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