Tom Coughlin plans to monitor players in weight room

It’s nearly go time in Jacksonville.

New Jaguars executive V.P. of football operations Tom Coughlin plans to do his best Izzy Mandelbaum impersonation when the players report for Phase One of the offseason workout program. At a Tuesday event for season-ticket holders, Coughlin made clear his intention to ensure that players are working hard and not hardly working.

“When the players report, I’m going to be in the weight room watching who the workers are on this team,” Coughlin said, via Sam Kouvaris of WJXT.

The NFL Players Association, which already is keeping its eye on Coughlin, may be ready to argue that Coughlin isn’t permitted to attend the strength and conditioning sessions, which are limited to “only full-time or part-time strength and conditioning coaches.” But while the relevant rule says that “no other coaches shall be allowed . . . to . . . observe activities,” it doesn’t expressly prevent executives from watching the players work.

Still, Coughlin’s history as a coach — and his obvious intent to coach the players when coaching is needed — makes it an interpretation that the team would likely lose, if push comes to shove.

The NFLPA has not responded to a request for comment on the issue.  (Maybe they think they’re better than us.) Given the union’s intention to watch Coughlin, chances are it’s just a matter of time before the NFLPA claims there’s no chance Coughlin personally will be urging players to take it up a notch.

40 responses to “Tom Coughlin plans to monitor players in weight room

  1. Great pic. But I hope the photo guy is pacing himself, it is only the off-season. Save some of that A material for go time this Fall!

  2. Mr. Coughlin almost got the Jags to the promised land his first time around in Jacksonville. He will get them there this time. He is just what they need.

  3. Finally have the right people behind the scenes. No more of the Gus cheerleader crap. Gotta be tough on these guys. I do see this team having a turn around.

  4. Bring all that beautiful discipline back to my team, Mr. Coughlin. We need all the change we can get.

    All I remember from the last ten years of football in Jax is Mularkey throwing a headset, Justin Blackmon catching a few balls, and a whole lot of losing.

  5. Recents stories that reference a desire by some players and coaches that the players and coaches should be able to work together in the off-season are destroyed when front office reps and coaches like Coughlin
    make such statements. In fact for Coughlin to make such a statement
    is downright dumb. This rightly gives the NFLPA pause on where to draw the line. In whole because Coughlin has no idea where to draw the line. So when discussion as to when a young QB can start to work with a coach ….which often the young QB desires .. cannot progress because there are always coaches like Coughlin that think the young QB should start working as of a week after the season ended. This
    attitude takes away the term ” voluntary ” and is really ” mandatory “.
    In other words Coaches like Coughlin cannot help themselves …and
    are more dangerous when in complete charge of a team.

  6. God forbid a team tries to take into account how hard a player works as part of their evaluation.

  7. Nothing wrong with wanting to monitor your guys’ progress on the field, in the weight room, the locker room, the showers.. wait…

  8. Tom Brady overthrew welker. He also felt phantom pressure and put the pats in an 0-2 hole before the fans sat down. 4th and 13 threw the ball into the 3rd row of the EZ. he’s won 5 Sbs but he has nightmares of the big blue pass rush every night before he goes to bed.

    Everyone heard his voice crack when he told burress that the pats would score more than 17 points. Even he didn’t believe it.

    Love owning the pats!! The taste of pats tears over those 2 losses is like mixing all the solicitous sonic master blasts into one huge bowl and taking a bath in it. Yummmmmmmm

  9. snakerd says:
    Apr 11, 2017 10:04 PM
    God forbid a team tries to take into account how hard a player works as part of their evaluation.

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    I’m a little shocked they find this so shocking. I had wondered how the Jags were still struggling so much last year after all the talent they had added. Now I am clearer on that.

  10. The fact that there’s even discussion that a general manager of a football team might not be allowed to even watch his players work out is one of many reasons I despise unions. He wants to see who the lazy guys are, the slackers. That’s smart, not “weird”.

  11. Oh no, these poor athletes getting paid millions of dollars by the organization might actually be monitored to see if they are worth the money they are being paid? My God, the horror…

  12. abninf says:
    Apr 12, 2017 7:45 AM
    The fact that there’s even discussion that a general manager of a football team might not be allowed to even watch his players work out is one of many reasons I despise unions. He wants to see who the lazy guys are, the slackers. That’s smart, not “weird”.

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    That would become an issue because the teams that have one guy serving as both coach and GM would gain advantage over the teams where they were seperate guys.

    Besides, Coughlin would probably tell the union, “fine I’m here to watch the coach I hired not your players.”

  13. justintuckrule says:
    Apr 12, 2017 2:31 AM
    Tom Brady overthrew welker. He also felt phantom pressure and put the pats in an 0-2 hole before the fans sat down. 4th and 13 threw the ball into the 3rd row of the EZ. he’s won 5 Sbs but he has nightmares of the big blue pass rush every night before he goes to bed.

    Everyone heard his voice crack when he told burress that the pats would score more than 17 points. Even he didn’t believe it.

    Love owning the pats!! The taste of pats tears over those 2 losses is like mixing all the solicitous sonic master blasts into one huge bowl and taking a bath in it. Yummmmmmmm

    ————

    Not sure those exact details are accurate but how can anyone remember? How many years ago was that?

    And what does any of this have to do with the Jags?

  14. It doesn’t matter if he’s in there or not. What matters is, he is watching, one way or another, and he’s put the players on notice.

    I like it.

  15. More cowbell – it has to do with the great tom coughlin making it happen.

    While it was some time ago, the wins are always like yesterday every time ne wins another

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