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This is a great example of A-hole Coughlin melting down as he's losing control of his team:

Snap decision

Jags' Coughlin cuts Gibson after punt-return mistake

Posted: Tuesday September 10, 2002 5:42 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jacksonville Jaguars punt returner Damon Gibson's fumble was critical in more than one way. It helped cost Jacksonville a game, and two days later, it cost Gibson his job.

Head coach Tom Coughlin cut the normally reliable third-year punt returner Tuesday, two days after his critical fumble cost theJaguars a touchdown in a 28-25 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

The Jaguars announced the transaction in a terse news release. Team spokesman Dan Edwards said Coughlin would have no comment onthe move.

Gibson, who said he had never fumbled a punt in a high school, college or pro game, misjudged a long punt and watched it sail over his head. In an attempt to make something of the play, he chased it and reached down to pick it up, but fumbled. The Colts recovered, and three plays later, scored the go-ahead touchdown.

Coughlin berated Gibson at length on the sideline after theplay, and came back Monday with more criticism of the player.

"I'm upset," Coughlin said. "It's something that happened that didn't have to happen."

He said he would take the next few days to think about Gibson's future, and on Tuesday, he made his decision final.

The Jaguars still have five receivers and some players with punt-return experience. They signed linebacker Bobby Brooks to take Gibson's spot.

On Monday, Gibson said he knew how upset Coughlin was, but he had to press on as if he would still be on the team.

"I'm not concerned about it," Gibson said. "What's going to happen is going to happen. I always felt since I came into the league, the I don't look around the corner and worry that someone's going to cut me."

This isn't the first time Coughlin made such a snap decision. Two years ago, he released running back Chris Howard three daysafter Howard fumbled twice in a loss to Baltimore.

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Originally posted by OrangeSkin

He's as good as gone, probably before week 8.

Gibson would be a great pickup. I'd feel more comfortable with him than Kenny Watson.

that caused my pulse to rise. if you mean replace watson with gibson as the KO returner, that's one thing (not that it's a good idea - watson isn't doing that bad, it's the ST play that is suckin thus far). but if you mean REPLACING watson with gibson, you got to be kidding. gibson seems a bit one dimensional to me. watson is not.

but start with fixing the holes in the coverage first. the special teams have looked pretty marginal (to awful) since japan.

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I'd oppose picking up Gibson.

A PR or KR needs to be truly exceptional to be a specialist. Otherwise the job should go to a producer at another position, such as WR or RB. Gibson isn't good enough to take a roster spot as a specialist, and we have other players (Green, McCants, Watson) who can fill dual roles. McCants is my pick here.

You can see that Gibson wasn't all that highly regarded by Coughlin even back in July, from this KFFL report:

Jaguars | Also Not A Lock - from KFFL (http://nfl.kffl.com)

July 23, 2002 21:38:30 PT Bart Hubbuch reports for the Florida Times-Union the Jacksonville Jaguars head to training camp with WR Damon Gibson as their top punt returner, but coach Tom Coughlin said he is not a lock to keep the job.

Source: http://nfl.kffl.com/teams/players/GIBSONDAMONJAXWR.shtml

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Coughlin is a dick. The Jags had a few good years when they had tons of talent and have gone downhill ever since. He makes Martyball look inspired. The Jags would be better off firing him than an otherwise decent return man who made an honest mistake because he was tying too hard.

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Originally posted by redman

All I know is that if Green fails to run routes and continues to look unimpressive, I'd love to cut him and find someone who can PR and KR well for us.

Jacquez Green will get his chance to shine. Spurrier will utilize all of our receivers. We have only played one stinking game. I am not ready to ship Green out of town yet. All I know is that he is the number 3 receiver for an undefeated team and I know he can bring at least 50 catches for us this season. I would still rather have Green than Westbrook, that is for sure. I also think we need to keep Watson. Why is everybody ready to break up our undefeated Redskins? The only problem I saw in the first game was a flat defense and a depleted special teams, and we STILL WON. Enough of this nonsense.

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Good lord people!! I know the returning hasn't been great, but it's the coverage that has been hurting us. I don't care if we had Mitchell, Metcalf or Sanders back there, nothing would happen anyway. No need to go and stir up the pot to yield what would likely be the same results.

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