Skip to main content

The old and new will be crossing paths at MetLife Stadium when the Jacksonville Jaguars open the season against the New York Giants.

The game will be the first for Jaguars executive vice-president of football operations Tom Coughlin against the Giants, the team he led to two Super Bowl titles before resigning in January, 2016, after a dozen seasons as coach.

It also will be Pat Shurmur’s first regular-season NFL game as coach of the Giants, a team that has made the playoffs once (2016) since winning the Super Bowl in February, 2012.

Story continues below advertisement

“Those who are around know the history,” said Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie, who was a member of both Super Bowl teams. “We know Coughlin will have them fired up. It is the first game and everyone wants to get off on the right foot. I can’t say it will be an extra motivator, but it’s something we are aware of, and it doesn’t change our approach.”

The Giants are just looking to play a lot better than last season. They went 3-13 and saw coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese get fired in early December.

Shurmur and new general manager Dave Gettleman have turned around much of the roster and they will get their first true peek at the new product this weekend in a very tough matchup.

The Jaguars (12-7) blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead against the New England Patriots in the AFC title game in January. A trip to the Super Bowl was within their grasp.

“I think we’re taking a good approach as a team … everybody that was a part of what happened last year so badly wants to get back to that AFC championship game and change that outcome,” quarterback Blake Bortles said.

Bortles said the Jaguars aren’t taking anything for granted.

“We’ve got to take every day, every week, every meeting of preparation as seriously as possible, and the rest will take care of itself and we’ll end up back there again,” he said.

Story continues below advertisement

Coughlin did not talk to the media in Jacksonville this week, but coach Doug Marrone said the vice-president has not changed his approach with the return to New York.

“We know we’ve got a tough road ahead of us and we know we’ve got a tough game on the road opening day up in New York,” Marrone said. “They’ll be fired up and ready to go.”

Report an error
Comments

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • All comments will be reviewed by one or more moderators before being posted to the site. This should only take a few moments.
  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed. Commenters who repeatedly violate community guidelines may be suspended, causing them to temporarily lose their ability to engage with comments.

Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.
Cannabis pro newsletter