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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Tom Coughlin has removed ping pong tables from Jaguars’ locker room

Tom Coughlin was known as a no-nonsense coach who lived by the mantra “If you’re on time, you’re late.” It’s no surprise that he’s brought the same attitude to Jacksonville, where he’s now serving in a front office role.

The team’s first coach in franchise history is back as VP of Football Operations, and Coughlin has already removed some distractions from the locker room, including ping pong tables.

Linebacker Telvin Smith talked with First Coast News about some of the changes, such as player groups being mixed within the locker room, and the removal of ping pong tables.

“I didn’t play ping pong as much, you know, so it doesn’t matter to me,” Smith said. “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.”

That’s the thing about Coughlin. He has strict rules that forces players to decide whether they’re serious about winning or not. If you don’t prioritize winning while you’re in the building, then you’re probably not going to be well suited to play in Coughlin’s organization. New head coach Doug Marrone also is described as a no-nonsense guy, giving the Jags an aligned front from their leadership.

H/T Pro Football Talk



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