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Tom Coughlin effect: No more ping pong in Jaguars’ locker room


There’s no ping pong in the locker room on Tom Coughlin’s football team.

Coughlin, the Jaguars’ new front office boss, has always demanded a businesslike approach on his teams, and so it’s no surprise that players confirmed today that the ping pong table that had long been in their locker room has been removed.

“I didn’t play ping pong as much, you know, so it doesn’t matter to me,” linebacker Telvin Smith told Mike Kaye of WTLV. “But some of my teammate are really good ping pong players, so maybe they are, so for them, I feel sorry. But, hey, if it’s a distraction, get it out of here.”

This is nothing new for Coughlin. One of the first things Coughlin became head coach of the Giants in 2004, one of his first moves was removing the ping pong tables from their locker room. It may seem trivial, but Coughlin’s way won two Super Bowls with the Giants, and he’s been hired in Jacksonville to bring the same approach. Even if life in the locker room isn’t as fun.

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79 Responses to “Tom Coughlin effect: No more ping pong in Jaguars’ locker room”
  1. overthedwaynebowe says: Apr 18, 2017 3:55 PM

    I bet a lot of those players can play ping pong better than football…

  2. thefatlazygamer says: Apr 18, 2017 3:56 PM

    Play ping pong in the locker room… get bounced around like you’re the ping pong ball on the field. Makes sense.

  3. LakefrontLegend says: Apr 18, 2017 3:56 PM


  4. polapea says: Apr 18, 2017 3:58 PM

    Ping pong is for closers.

  5. dwarftosser says: Apr 18, 2017 3:58 PM

    Coughlin is just an old grumpy SOB.

  6. nathanp2013 says: Apr 18, 2017 3:58 PM

    Yup, that will totally change the culture of the franchise and make them run, block and tackle better.

  7. a1b24312 says: Apr 18, 2017 3:59 PM

    I thought Doug Maroon was the head coach.

  8. bernieknowsfootball says: Apr 18, 2017 4:00 PM

    During games, I can understand this but who in their right mind would do that ? after practice, what’s it hurting. He p’d off more players in his tenor and now he’s doing it again !!!

  9. pardonmyjake says: Apr 18, 2017 4:00 PM

    whats next no pool table’s??? god jacksonville seems like such a awful place to b

  10. townie45 says: Apr 18, 2017 4:03 PM

    This is why Coach Coughlin is 2-0 against the great Bill Belichick . The man is old school! As for the current Giants… gone fishing .

  11. bighairbingopro says: Apr 18, 2017 4:04 PM

    Lighten up Tommy, you’re too tight!

  12. bighairbingopro says: Apr 18, 2017 4:08 PM

    Also, no team bonding activities or high fives. Speaking to each other only allowed in the huddle. Locker room must be library silent at all times. THAT IS AN ORDER!!!!


  13. MattyD says: Apr 18, 2017 4:08 PM

    Might as well give them the Lombardi trophy right now.

  14. Getoffmylawn! says: Apr 18, 2017 4:09 PM

    He must have sold them to the Vikings!

  15. thelastwordyaheard says: Apr 18, 2017 4:11 PM

    “Get off my lawn!!!”

  16. wib22 says: Apr 18, 2017 4:14 PM

    still beat belicheat twice in the super bowl

  17. stipez says: Apr 18, 2017 4:14 PM

    I think those terrible uniforms are doing more damage.

    And it’s table tennis you old kook! I guess there’s no quote from Coughlin but still. He ain’t old school he’s just old.

  18. bighairbingopro says: Apr 18, 2017 4:15 PM



    gessh, this guy is a real trip. Players must want to rUn through walls for him. Not!

  19. RussianBreadMaker says: Apr 18, 2017 4:17 PM

    I wish that all of my coworkers went by Tom’s guidelines for making it to work on time. On time is late, 5 minutes early is on time, and being late is unacceptable.

  20. topwonk says: Apr 18, 2017 4:18 PM

    And, if the players are not five minutes early for meetings, they’ll be fined. It’s called Coughlin Time”.

  21. RandyinRoxbury says: Apr 18, 2017 4:18 PM

    Bet coach didn’t like the movie Forrest Gump either especially with Gump’s ping pong talent!
    I miss you Tommaay!

  22. jason9696 says: Apr 18, 2017 4:20 PM

    Ping pong is awesome.

  23. metalman5150 says: Apr 18, 2017 4:21 PM

    sounds like the life of the party

  24. exinsidetrader says: Apr 18, 2017 4:22 PM

    Only losers would be upset about this change.
    Do you job and play ping pong on your own time.

  25. sportoficionado says: Apr 18, 2017 4:22 PM

    Jeez, who pissed in this guy’s corn flakes?

  26. belicheatfearsjoeygreco says: Apr 18, 2017 4:22 PM

    Time to bring back the axe and stump lol

  27. HighwayStar says: Apr 18, 2017 4:25 PM

    Moved it out to the sideline?

    Or hey if he thinks it hurts the team put it in the visitors room.

  28. TheDPR says: Apr 18, 2017 4:26 PM

    Why not just regulate when they can or can’t use the ping pong table? Restrict it to set times. I would think that spending some time building camaradarie in a fun, social, situation would be good for teammates. Guess it’s better for them to rush on out of there after work and get to bar and/or domestic fighting. Coughlin is a dinosaur. I don’t see his method working with today’s players.

  29. The Phantom Stranger says: Apr 18, 2017 4:27 PM

    Brilliant. Much better to have these guys sitting at their lockers staring at their cell phones rather than engaging with their teammates.

  30. tbisgod says: Apr 18, 2017 4:34 PM

    Beat BB, but then went on to 4 bad non playoff seasons….Old school is just that, OLD

  31. edelmanfanclub says: Apr 18, 2017 4:36 PM

    That was the secret this whole time? Ping Pong? Wow. I was way off on how he won those 2 SBs. Anyways these guys need some discipline, Coughlin will definitely lay it down but he looked a bit soft his last year on the job. Coddling OBJ instead of chewing him out, maybe he knew his time was done there.

  32. theprofootballranker says: Apr 18, 2017 4:36 PM

    I wonder if that ping pong table was part of the tour of hosting free agents or hosting of rookie prospects.

    “After a hard fought game, and a post game speech, you can feel free to play on our amazing ping pong table”

    I can see why Gus Bradley was a popular coach…..

  33. namingrights says: Apr 18, 2017 4:37 PM

    Before:So lets take a ping pong break and then watch more film
    After i’m tired from watching all this film lets go to your house and…

  34. walker1191 says: Apr 18, 2017 4:38 PM

    townie45 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 4:03 PM

    This is why Coach Coughlin is 2-0 against the great Bill Belichick
    Awesome coaching to have the 5th wide receiver catch a ball with his helmet.

  35. weepingjebus says: Apr 18, 2017 4:43 PM

    Ping pong eats up valuable fake cramp training.

  36. campcouch says: Apr 18, 2017 4:46 PM

    Two miraculous catches won two Super Bowls for the Giants. If his way was truly successful, he’d still be in New York.

  37. learysdisciples says: Apr 18, 2017 4:56 PM

    But feel free to go crazy on Beer Pong or Bong Pong.

  38. jonathankrobinson424 says: Apr 18, 2017 4:59 PM

    It;s called a new sheriff is in town & he wants their ATTENTION!!….it’s not about the table tennis game.

  39. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 18, 2017 5:14 PM

    It starts out with ping pong, then it becomes lawn bowling, and finally polo, with the players getting so rich and spoiled they hire recent immigrants to do their workouts for them.

  40. nard100 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:18 PM

    I like how TC is being characterized as some evil tyrant who wants to make the team devoid of fun while turning them into efficient winning robots. You forgot to mention how he had team nights where the fellas all got together to do fun things too like family bowling night. It wasn’t all work and no play.

  41. samadams14 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:22 PM

    Poor Marone with this guy over his shoulder. Bet he stalks the sidelines when things aren’t going his way too.

    Dude won 2 Super Bowls because Elisha Manning sold his soul one night to a man in a dark suit in the back alley of a Meadowlands bar. For all his SB greatness, guy failed to make the playoffs an awful lot in a mediocre division. Being a hardass only goes so far.

  42. kemp13 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:29 PM

    Yeah, I’ll bet free agents will be lining up to go play for Mr. Good Times!

  43. bigbluefan1 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:33 PM

    With what these guys make they can play ping pong at home.

    You can him old you can call him cranky but the Pats know you call him a winner

    All of you who mock wish you had his collection of SB rings

  44. bamboozle99 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:33 PM

    Among coaches who never been accused of any kind of cheating, Coughlin the best.

  45. charliecharger says: Apr 18, 2017 5:34 PM

    OK so now those guys will head over to the local pub to play ping pong. I know Coughlin means well, but the Giants’ super bowl victories didn’t happen because he removed their ping pong tables. If your players are having a hard time focusing on football, fire the GM, and hire one that knows how to bring in better players.

  46. zoxitic says: Apr 18, 2017 5:36 PM

    ” I thought Marrone was the coach?”

    Coughlin has his hands in everything. I wouldn’t be surprised if he rips your ticket when you enter the stadium.

  47. edukator4 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:40 PM

    its a job. youre there to work. hands up how many people have. aping pong table at their work? when you show up to the facility, your mind should be on football. not pool, ping pong or instagram

  48. dimi1919 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:43 PM

    Yeah 2 catches won them the Super Bowls. Not the fact that the d held that vaunted offence to 31 points in 2 games.

  49. imaduffer says: Apr 18, 2017 5:47 PM

    When he tells the NFL that the Jags are not going to play in London, then I’ll be impressed.

  50. nflfan12blog says: Apr 18, 2017 6:02 PM

    I’m not saying anything one way or another on this, but these Coughlin getting tough articles ought to at least mention that early on during his tenure with the Giants he lost the locker room with this type of stuff and was nearly fired (pre- superbowls) for it. Strahan has told the story several times how he and several other vets talked to him about it and he lightened up a little. Should be mentioned.

    I am curious how this flies with the Jags since he isn’t the Head Coach. I would think it would appear to undermine the H.C. with the players.

    Does anyone know of any Head Office personnel doing this type of thing elsewhere?

  51. v2787 says: Apr 18, 2017 6:06 PM

    You can call Coughlin a dinosaur if you want. All I know is that he’s got two Super Bowl rings and, so far, Jacksonville has zero. Ping pong isn’t the problem–it’s a symptom of an organizational malaise that isn’t conducive to winning. If you want to win in the NFL, you have to focus and be dedicated. My suggestion is that the Jaguars listen to the man and do what he says because he knows how to win. Btw, how many Super Bowl rings do you haters have?

    (I’ll say this: Doug Marrone is starting to look like a paper coach. Coughlin appears to be doing everything but drawing up plays and calling signals down there in Jax.)

  52. thegronk87 says: Apr 18, 2017 6:27 PM

    They are going to hate him sooner or later.

  53. uglydingo says: Apr 18, 2017 6:27 PM

    dwarftosser says:
    Apr 18, 2017 3:58 PM
    Coughlin is just an old grumpy SOB.
    Yes – he really is. Tom has built his whole career around a permanently grumpy personality. It is his foundation for excellence.

  54. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Apr 18, 2017 6:30 PM

    Now fix the “uniforms”

  55. belugataxi says: Apr 18, 2017 6:48 PM


    I heard Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy removed the play-off mentality from the locker room in GB.

  56. staffordsyear says: Apr 18, 2017 7:08 PM

    Maybe they should hook up Madden 08 and see how football should be played and take some pointers.

  57. purplekoolaid1 says: Apr 18, 2017 7:19 PM

    I hate people that take life this seriously. For real, get a grip. Life is short and you bring nothing with you. Enjoy it while you are here.

  58. vavikingfan says: Apr 18, 2017 7:23 PM

    A meaningless symbolic gesture.

  59. the610limited says: Apr 18, 2017 7:24 PM

    Take a look at Jacksonville’s first 5 seasons with Coughlin on the sideline. Two AFC Championship Game appearances….49-31 record…14-2 one season. He left, and the team hasn’t been the same since. He had the same demeanor the first time, too. No sunglasses (much to Kevin Gilbride’s disgust) and everyone in the meetings sat square in the seat, facing forward, both feet flat on the floor. No slouching. It was his way or get your agent to find another place of employment for you.

  60. EJ says: Apr 18, 2017 7:43 PM

    Head Coach Sean McDermott pulled Buffalo’s pool table from their lockerroom. It seems as if this is becoming a common thing in the NFL. Distractions removed.

  61. nyjad says: Apr 18, 2017 7:49 PM

    I get what he is trying to do but ping pong is a good cool down after working out and is a great way to develop hand eye coordination. Good workout for the dbs and WRs.

  62. vicnocal says: Apr 18, 2017 7:50 PM

    Take a look at the PATHETIC record the Jags have been racking up year after year after year -you’re damn right Coughlin is right in coming in there and implementing some military-style no-nonsense stuff, those players should be absolutely embarrassed to be winning only 4-5 games year after year after year and think that it’s OK, that it’s no big deal. I’ve been on teams like that before, where after a loss, guys would be laughing and not seeming to care much -those teams never amounted to anything.

  63. crush22 says: Apr 18, 2017 7:56 PM

    Don’t forget to remove the logs and axes.

  64. realtruthteller100 says: Apr 18, 2017 8:19 PM

    good. table tennis is leading to our societys moral decay

  65. HighwayStar says: Apr 18, 2017 9:18 PM

    What are they going to do with it? Can I have it?

  66. walker1191 says: Apr 18, 2017 9:22 PM

    Having a ping pong table and video games in the Patriots’ locker room hasn’t slowed them down in recent years.

  67. clayjtitan66 says: Apr 18, 2017 9:27 PM

    It’s Super Bowl or bust now.

    This so called old school mentality is moronic and doesn’t work if your players suck.

  68. arvinkp says: Apr 18, 2017 9:29 PM

    My boss also removed the ping pong tables from work… such a jerk face!

  69. bighairbingopro says: Apr 18, 2017 9:36 PM

    Reportedly, Coughlin has removed all the toilet paper from the team’s facilities stating that ” we must build this with our bare hands.”

    Certified pyscho.

  70. midnightcusk says: Apr 18, 2017 9:41 PM

    And the locker room TVs will only show episodes of the Lawrence Welk show and Matlock.

  71. baronvonheil says: Apr 18, 2017 9:50 PM

    Tom Coughlin need to retire and yell at kids to get off his lawn.

  72. ChampKind813 says: Apr 18, 2017 9:55 PM

    Next he’s going to tell them to put that coffee down!!!

  73. truevision21 says: Apr 19, 2017 12:03 AM

    Maybe the players that are upset can blow up his pager until he get tired of having to locate a payphone to return the calls.

  74. milkcan44 says: Apr 19, 2017 12:27 AM


  75. beefturkey says: Apr 19, 2017 1:13 AM

    So that was the problem.

  76. frankstoeknife says: Apr 19, 2017 1:19 AM

    Changing comfortable culture is going to make people resist when the assumption is hey you’re taking away one of the few things I like even though I’m in a losing situation. Once these guys see that Tom’s hands on methods lead to playoff appearances and ultimately winning the super bowl they will but in. Until then this resistance is expected.

    Btw to the Coughlin was not mixed up in cheating recall his players faking injuries to stall drives.

  77. professionalcrapper says: Apr 19, 2017 6:21 AM

    “One of the first things Coughlin became head coach of the Giants in 2004, one of his first moves was removing the ping pong tables from their locker room.”

    And that’s how you become a professional writer.

  78. eatme2259 says: Apr 19, 2017 7:24 AM

    packers took them for their
    film/madden/game room

  79. jags2daship says: Apr 19, 2017 10:27 AM

    Our team is pathetic. Im glad to have someone in charge who at the least wants to be a winner and get rid of distractions.

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