Could Tom Coughlin work in the Redskins front office?

Ben Krimmel
December 19, 2019 - 12:28 pm

There is a two-time Super Bowl-winning NFL head coach who just became available. Should the Washington Redskins be interested? 

Well, after the Jacksonville Jaguars fired executive VP of football operations, Tom Coughlin, amid a 5-9 season after an offseason in which he signed quarterback Nick Foles to a four-year deal with $50 million in guaranteed money. And the move came just days after the NFLPA cautioned free agents against signing with the Jaguars and revealed an arbitrator ruled the franchise had improperly fined players.

Coughlin, who was hired by the Jaguars after a 3-13 season in 2016, had Jacksonville in the AFC title game after a 10-6 season the next year. However, Coughlin and the Jags are 10-20 since losing to New England in January 2018. And the roster has mostly exploded with players falling out with the organization and the quarterback situation succumbing to Gardner "Minshew Mania." 

But... Coughlin is now on the market and he has three Super Bowl rings and that carries a lot of weight for a franchise that has just two playoff appearances in the last 12 seasons. 

NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay tweeted that if the Redskins were interested in making a big change in culture from the "Club Jay" days, the notoriously hard-nosed Coughlin would be a huge change.

However, not all are interested in that: "I know he's built winners in the past and I know he brought the Jags to a title game two years ago, but I'm sorry I'm not hiring a 73-year-old dinosaur to run my franchise. I'm just not," John Auville of The Junkies said.

And evidently, Redskins fans weren't too interested in Finlay's idea either as he had to respond to his first tweet after just 15 minutes.

"There are plenty of other people that are qualified to run organizations and hopefully build a winning football team. I would not entertain hiring Tom Coughlin at this point," Auville said.

Auville's point is completely reasonable especially considering how things ended in Jacksonville and the NFLPA's letter is quite damning, especially when considering the Redskins as an organization are coming off the Trent Williams Saga.

Aside from Coughlin's issues, hiring him would be a big departure for the Redskins after the 10-year reign of Bruce Allen based on personality and track record. But, of course, all of this is unlikely to happen.

"I don't see this happening because a) he's 73 years old and b) I don't see him dealing with Dan," The Sports Junkies' Eric Bickel said. "It's a toxic mix. You've got a meddlesome owner, who maybe doesn't meddle as much as you think, but likes to get involved in the big decisions and likes to play favorites, I just don't see that combination working."

Having said all that, the hiring of Coughlin (or somebody like him) would represent Snyder taking a big-time step back because people like Coughlin wouldn't work for an owner who was as meddlesome as Snyder had been in the past. And Snyder taking a step back from football decisions has long been something many NFL watchers have said the Redskins owner needs to do.

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