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Jaguars bring back Coughlin in front office shake-up

(Reuters) - The Jacksonville Jaguars made major changes to their front office on Monday, promoting Doug Marrone from interim headcoach to the full-time position and hiring former coach Tom Coughlin as executive vice president of football operations.

The team also signed General Manager Dave Caldwell to a two-year contract extension.

Marrone, 52, finished the season as the team’s interim coach and went 1-1 after Gus Bradley was fired on Dec. 18.

He will team up with Coughlin, who was Jacksonville’s first coach and is returning to the NFL after ending a 12-year coaching tenure with the New York Giants in 2015.

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"I am honored to welcome Tom Coughlin back to Jacksonville, where winning was customary under his leadership," Jacksonville owner Shad Khan said in a statement.

“With Tom coming in to join Dave and Doug, there is no question the Jacksonville Jaguars are a stronger football team today.”

The Jaguars finished 3-13 in 2016 for their sixth straight losing season, and they have not made the playoffs since 2007.

Coughlin was the Jaguars coach from 1995-2002 before joining the Giants and winning a pair of Super Bowls.

Marrone served as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills in 2013 and 2014, finishing 15-17 in his two years in Buffalo.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

 
 
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