Tom Coughlin, who twice took the Jaguars to the AFC Championship Game as their first coach and led the Giants to two Super Bowl championships in 12 seasons, is back in Jacksonville.
Coughlin, 70, has agreed to become the team’s vice president of football operations after spending the 2016 season in the NFL’s operations department, the Jaguars confirmed Monday night.
The Jaguars also have hired Doug Marrone as head coach. Marrone, coach of the Bills from 2013-14, was the Jaguars’ assistant head coach/offensive line under Gus Bradley, who was fired last month after compiling a 14-48 record.
Marrone, who interviewed with the Jets in 2015 after they replaced Rex Ryan, also interviewed with the Rams and 49ers after serving as the Jaguars’ interim coach the final two games of the season. The Jaguars went 1-1 in those games.
Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell, who received a two-year contract extension, will report to Coughlin, making him the lead football executive in the organization.
“I have confidence that one day soon, we’ll look back on today’s news as the moment that inspired and ultimately established the Jacksonville Jaguars as a football team that wins, week to week and season to season,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement. “I am honored to welcome Tom Coughlin back to Jacksonville, where winning was customary under his leadership. I know he expects the same in his return to head our football operations, and that’s good news for us and Jaguars fans everywhere.”
Coughlin, the first head coach hired by the expansion Jaguars in 1995, coached the team through the 2002 season. He was 68-60 in his eight seasons there and led the team to the AFC title game in its second season.