JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Tom Coughlin knows he’s a little old school, however, he also believes his 1980s philosophy of building an NFL franchise may work in an era once the team does whatever it can to help promote wideopen offenses.
He claims that the Jacksonville Jaguars‘ victory in 2017 is proof.
The 2017 Jaguars got by, had just one of the league’s top guards, and led the NFL in rushing. The Jaguars were captured by This formula to the AFC Championship Game plus they were 10 minutes — or, as Coughlin likes to say,” an inadvertent whistle — by reaching super-bowl LII.
Want proof? From 2007-16, the Minnesota Vikings have been Superbowl contenders with conducting Adrian Peterson — who Has TIAA Bank Field on Sunday (Inch , CBS) together using all the Washington Redskins.
“Our formula a year ago was play great defense, run the ball and then do a superb job of play-action pass,” Coughlin said in an earlier interview about a Jacksonville radio channel in a fundraising event for The Jay Fund. “Obviously, I believe in that greatly .”
Coughlin drafted Leonard Fournette No. 4 overall in 2017, a bit more than a month after the team added expensive defensive free agents Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye to a new defensive nucleus that included defensive tackle Malik Jackson, linebacker Telvin Smith and cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Though quarterback Blake Bortles was coming from the worst season of his livelihood, the team chose never to get a shift — or possibly generate any legitimate competition to push him.
Bortles was benched temporarily in the 2017 pre-season before regaining the project a week later, and the Jaguars lost an overtime match to the nyc Jets to shed 2-2. They surprisingly won at Pittsburgh 30-9 by intercepting Ben Roethlisberger five times and moved on to win seven of their next nine. They won the AFC South and clinched their first playoff berth.
The Jaguars led the team in rushing despite missing three matches and Fournette hurried for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns. Bortles completed a 60 per cent of his passes and threw also a career-low 1-3 interceptions and 2-1 touchdown passes.
It also played with an NFL-high seven touchdowns.
Everything seemed in place to get a run at the Super Bowl at 2018, however it fell apart due to accidents (particularly along the offensive line and tight end), bad quarterback play, Fournette lost six full games and parts of two others as a result of a hamstring injury, and the defense never playing at exactly the same elite degree.
Theyheaded at the past 11 seasons to their record and’re 4-9 , out of their race. Yet Coughlin is devoted to that philosophy, and Peterson teams, who made it after this year’s season and reached the playoffs four days, offer reason for optimism.
Peterson the highest straight back in the league throughout that 10-year period, led the NFL in rushing in 2008, 2012 and 2015. He ran for at least 1,200 yards in seven of the 10 seasons and the 3 seasons he did not were because of injuries (2011, 2016) and also a suspension (2014).
The Vikings also had guards that were one of the league throughout the years also, standing in top 15 in scoring defense and overall defense in the top 10 all the four seasons.
Even the Vikings’ best season with Peterson came in 2009, once they reached the NFC title game and lost in overtime to New Orleans. Yet, that was also the only real season Brett Favre and Minnesota played and then he drove for 33 touchdowns and 4,202 yards .
There is A quarterback still important in the style of football of Coughlin. He’s seen firsthand the past two seasons that you can’t always win with a below-average or inconsistent starting quarterback, which is why fixing that position will soon be the team’s No. 1 priority at the off season — however he’s not likely to alter the way he wants the team built.
“If you will rush into the football, you’ve got to own the explosive plays. You have to put the ball down the field,” Coughlin said. “there is an occasion when our enormous plays were kinds of big plays. And it had been this style of offense still being played. But that’s the formula that you have to get to, in my opinion.”