Tom Coughlin rips “disrespectful, selfish” Leonard Fournette, T.J. Yeldon

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Jaguars front office boss Tom Coughlin is not happy with two of his young running backs.

Leonard Fournette (who was inactive) and T.J. Yeldon (who was active but never touched the ball) were seen on the bench not appearing to pay attention to the game during today’s loss to the Texans. Afterward, Coughlin released a statement saying he was disappointed in both of them.

“I am disappointed in the behavior today from T.J. Yeldon and Leonard Fournette. They were disrespectful, selfish and their behavior was unbecoming that of a professional football player,” Coughlin said.

The Jaguars passed on players including Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson to select Fournette with the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft. That was a huge mistake even if Fournette had developed into an All-Pro running back, as no running back provides the value of a franchise quarterback like Mahomes and Watson. But Fournette really hasn’t developed into a top running back, and it has to be troubling to the franchise that he looked so disinterested during today’s game.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Yeldon sent packing this offseason. The Jaguars are pretty much stuck with Fournette, but Coughlin surely wants him to know that he needs to shape up.

49 responses to “Tom Coughlin rips “disrespectful, selfish” Leonard Fournette, T.J. Yeldon

  1. This is what happens when you have a slob as a qb and no leadership! Find a QB and a leader and you can fix your problems! I am shocked they didn’t trade for eli manning or nick foles

  2. No way Fournette should have been taken that high. He was injury prone in college and has carried it over. That plus he’s one dimensional, you’re right, bad pick.

  3. Yeah but he had that one ‘bring it’ hand gesture that one time!
    That means he should get paid, right?

  4. Like yelling at these players is totally going to fix this. Maybe Coughlin should worry about why he drafted an RB that racked up all of his numbers against the weaker parts of LSU’s schedule top five and then stuck him behind no offensive line and Blake Bortles to keep the defense honest in the passing game.

  5. nfliferfan22 says:
    December 30, 2018 at 5:22 pm
    This is what happens when you have a slob as a qb and no leadership! Find a QB and a leader and you can fix your problems! I am shocked they didn’t trade for eli manning or nick foles
    ———————
    So…..the QB is now responsible for the action of these 2 guys?….they are not responsible for their own actions?…..is it also the QB’s fault that Fournette is made of glass?…..just curios.

  6. So Tommy extended Bortles, passed on both Mahomes or Watson and drafted Fournette. After all that they still have jobs….

  7. Coughlin is the genius that selected Fournette with the 4th pick. Do I sense buyers remorse? He’s also the genius that signed the worst QB in the league to a 3 year, $54,000,000 contract. That was the second mistake by the Jags, the first was drafting him at #3 of the first round.

  8. Fournette needs to be sent packing!

    Guy is one of the most unprofessional, arrogant, selfish, and underproductive homeboys in the NFL!

    You need to build a team to be successful in the league – not collect talent!

    Maybe the Jaguars will learn one of these decade’s.

  9. I wonder what Fournette was like @ LSU….do these guys start this behavior when they reach the pro game……

  10. briang123 says:
    December 30, 2018 at 5:40 pm
    Old white man out of touch with young African-American players. Time for Coughlin to retire or be fired.
    ———————
    Can someone explain how this relates to race?

  11. I’m not backing Fournette at all, but teams like the Titans, Jets and Bengals passed on him before the 10 pick. Obviously Watson as well.

  12. “I wonder what Fournette was like @ LSU….do these guys start this behavior when they reach the pro game……”

    No, this behavior starts in junior high when the coaches start kissing their behinds and telling them how great they are and allowing them go get away with everything.

  13. This is not a race thing, so not sure why bringing up the issue is relevant.

    Fournette is being called out for lack of professionalism, it’s that simple really.

  14. After they beat the Pats early they just assumed they were going to cruise to the AFC Championship again at the very least, and never put up the same effort they did against the Pats against anyone else the rest of the season.

  15. That’s gotta suck seeing Fournette sitting around, knowing what Mahomes is doing and the upside of each.
    That’s gotta suck a lot.

  16. That was a huge mistake even if Fournette had developed into an All-Pro running back, as no running back provides the value of a franchise quarterback like Mahomes and Watson.

    >>>PUMP THE BRAKES ON THAT RUNAWAY TRUCK! Let’s not put those QBs in the HoF just yet, it’s only been 1 year and how many times have we seen a QB have a killer season only to fall back to earth the next year and be average or slightly better for the rest of their career? Far more times than we see one continue to play at that level year after year, just stating the facts!

  17. I think this is an over the top reaction from Coughlin. I dont like it.
    Believe me – Jags have too many trash talking players who celebrate a play when they are LOSING…
    but this comes across as a cheap shot after last game of the season of a lousy season.

    I saw it on tv…wasnt anything different than what i see every week on other teams.

    Maybe there was more going on behind the scenes….but if that was a way to try to enforce disciple…definitely a SEASON late and many dollars short.

  18. Jags weren’t alone in missing on Mahomes and Watson..The Bears actually took a bench player in Trubisky over Watson, who has forgotten more good football than Trubisky has seen on TV. I disagree with the blanket statement on RB Draft position, but Fournette isn’t the one,regardless. Coughlin isn’t wrong,just incomplete as much of the team fits the description….Yeldon is gone, and can be a very productive player in the right Offense. Fournette is just gun shy with so many Alabama players across the league. They’ve always treated him like a Pop Warner player every time they saw him and blew him up a couple of times a game.His head is on a permanent swivel looking around for Reuben Foster…

  19. Cancer on that team is bad attitude! They play like entitled Millennial’s, or whatever they’re calling this generation today. Back in my day they were called spoiled brats, or worse…

  20. Hah- You could-a-would-a-shoulda taken C-Mac @ #4. He played in every game 2018 , had around 30 touches per game, and gained about 2,000 yards this year running ‘BETWEEN THE TACKLES” and receiving. Glad the panthers got him @ #8. Plus no attitude crap.

  21. For their sake I hope they were 5 minutes early for the game, or Coughlin will really be hacked

  22. Coughlin is right. It is unprofessional and selfish. You can’t buy class, even with millions of dollars. There are tons of people like that throughout the league and in this comment section. Too many people settle for the bare minimum and sometimes even that isn’t done for whatever excuse is given. People have bad moments or even bad days but from what I’ve seen, this is not an anomaly.

  23. Fournette has been a problem on and off the field.. maybe he needs a ‘wake up ‘ call.
    He’s been in fights, and tossed out, obviously has some problems.

  24. Steve Cunningham,

    Yeah, guys always throw for 50 TDs and 5k yards (actually only one guy has ever done it other than Mahomes like 15 years into a HOF career) and fall back to Earth, and Watson clearly regressed this year by picking up where he left off last year and leading his team to the playoffs. Fournette was a mistake at four. Everyone with eyes knew Bortles was not the guy after 2016. Peyton, Arians, and a host of other QB guys loved Mahomes and some of them liked Watson too. So why couldn’t Coughlin see it while he was fixated on taking the most replaceable position at the top of the draft when he needed to replace his QB?

  25. Coughlin is pissed at Doug Marrone. I saw it when he was here in western ny. Marrone is a very arrogant coach and he thinks his brief success at SU entitled him to try to treat a professional group of athletes the same way he operated in the NCAA. it doesn’t work. these guys play for cash. they tune out any BS that may work at the college level. doug is the problem, not the old man.

  26. He does not have any off the field problems. If you see any that are documented please let us know. I do know he’s a force in the community in Jacksonville and New Orleans. Now I’m not sure what he did wrong, I know he was inactive with a foot injury and was sitting down the entire game. Again, someone make it make sense.

  27. This whole “he passed on is a load of crap, honestly. Not a single person here in my estimation has actually been responsible for picking professional athletes in a draft, which is why is so easy for everyone to come back a year or two later and say “well, look who they passed up on to take this guy.” There is no guarantee any player will turn out how you expect them to at the next level, and more importantly there is no guarantee that they would have turn out the same way had they gone to another team.

    Yes, there is such a thing as a stupid pick or miscalculation during the evaluation process, and yes, GMs should be evaluated based on their draft performances. But this whole idea of “look at who they passed on, what a bunch of idiots!” is insane. Hindsight is a very, very, very easy tool to use to judge draft picks, especially when the person using it is sitting at home instead of actually having to make the pick.

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