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Tom Coughlin had one complaint about his first season back with the Jacksonville Jaguars: Watching games from the press box.
"The window in front of me got messed up a few times Archie Bradley Jersey ," Coughlin said Tuesday at the NFL Meetings.
The 71-year-old former coach turned fiery executive might need to find a new seat, especially given the ultrahigh expectations that will follow Jacksonville into the season.
After making the AFC championship game in January 鈥?and leading New England by 10 points in the fourth quarter before losing 24-20 鈥?the Jaguars will be a popular pick to win their division and make another run to the Super Bowl.
"Non-negotiable expectations from within," Coughlin said. "That's how we look at it. Our expectations are very high and anybody that comes on board has to understand there's a way to accomplish what we're trying to accomplish. It's through team, it's through individual improvement and it's through a relentless drive through team success."
It was the same way during Coughlin's first stint in Jacksonville. Coughlin essentially built the franchise from the ground up in 1995. He was the head coach and the one voice that made every decision 鈥?from who threw the passes to who ran the calculator for the salary cap to what color paint was on the walls.
Anyone who believes he's a figurehead in his return would be mistaken.
He even had his hand in the Jaguars new uniforms.
The team spent part of last year designing new uniforms. The revamped ones will be unveiled April 19 at the team's annual state of the franchise address. Most notably, the Jags are adding more teal to the jerseys and eliminating the two-tone helmets that had become as much a reason for ridicule in recent years as the team's woeful record. The first version of the helmet was matte black.
Coughlin vetoed that color, instead opting for an old-school, shiny-black look.
"It was just a feeling of who we are, what we represent," Coughlin said. "That's a very good look. It's a solid look. As I said at one point in time, we have some guys that will be in the Hall of Fame and the connection will be very similar as we go forward. We just wanted a little bolder statement Trenton Cannon Jersey Elite , and I think we got it."
The Jaguars made a statement on the field in 2017. They won the AFC South for the first time in franchise history and earned a postseason berth for the first time in a decade.
The success coincided with Coughlin's return, but it was far from a coincidence.
Team owner Shad Khan credited the two-time Super Bowl-winning coach with bringing some much-needed leadership to a franchise that had won 17 of 80 games across the five seasons before his return.
"And with that comes a sense of values and a sense of expectations and ability to deliver results," Khan said.
Even though Coughlin has final say over all football decisions, his role alongside coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell has evolved.
"I was basically on the practice field for every practice and I was in the Saturday night meetings," Coughlin said. "I did everything just like I normally would do (as the coach). I prepared just as if I was in that spot, the coaching spot, and I would do some things. Like Doug might ask me to look at something and prepare a tape for him to look at, and I would do that. I enjoy all of that."
Winning surely helps, even in the press box.
Now, the Jaguars will try to build on their success amid external expectations that haven't been part of the franchise in a decade and haven't been an annual occurrence since Coughlin's heyday.
"Expectations are the easy part Cheap Jeff Locke Jersey ," Khan said. "Delivering, that's the hard part. I think what's fun going forward is it's expectations, but then a high degree of confidence that we're going to deliver."
Tony Romo settled down after a nervous start, only to come undone on the back nine in his PGA Tour debut.
The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback played a four-hole stretch in a 5 over on the back nine that led to a 5-over 77 in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship. He was 14 shots behind Brice Garnett, who had a 63 to lead by one shot.
"Over 18 holes and 72, your flaws start to show at some point," Romo said. "I really hit some good shots close and I had a chance to be under par pretty easily. Then two or three shots on the back nine cost me. But that's golf."
Romo, who now works as an NFL analyst for CBS Sports, received a sponsor's exemption to the tournament, which has one of the weaker fields of the year because it is held opposite the World Golf Championships event in Texas. He is playing as an amateur.
Garnett played bogey-free Carlton Davis Jersey Buccaneers , opening with a 30 on the back nine and building a one-shot lead over Corey Conners of Canada.
Romo played with Denny McCarthy, who was among those at 66, and Dru Love. The son of Davis Love III shot a 73.
"I was nervous," said Romo, who opened with two bogeys before getting back to even par on the front nine. "I think I knew going in that I was going to be trying to rely on the mechanics and the fundamentals of the swing. I hit it fine, but three-putted three times, twice early in the round. That's just nerves, and hopefully you can get that out of the way and get a couple of swings that you aren't used to doing and come back and play better tomorrow."
Friday most likely will be his last day.
Only two players had a higher score than Romo 鈥?D.A. Points and Guy Boros at 79. The 53-year-old Boros was playing on the PGA Tour for the first time in three years.
Romo joined a short list of athletes who have tried to compete against those who play for a living.
Mark Rypien, the former Washington Redskins quarterback, played the Kemper Open in 1992. He shot rounds of 80-91 and missed the cut by 27 shots.
Ken Harrelson http://www.raidersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-daryl-worley-jersey , an All-Star outfielder for the Boston Red Sox in 1968, qualified for the 1972 British Open at Muirfield and missed the cut by one shot. John Brodie qualified for the U.S. Open while playing for the San Francisco 49ers and later won on the PGA Tour Champions circuit.
Most recently, Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry played a Web Tour event outside San Francisco. He shot 74-74 and missed the cut by 11 shots.
"I had it going for a little bit," Romo said. "I had it close."
Garnett was 10 shots better than his opening round at Punta Cana last year, when it was a Web Tour event. He shot 73-67 and missed the cut.
"I think last year I just kind of approached the golf course wrong," Garnett said of the generous fairways on the resort course. "To me, this is a second shot golf course. Everybody's in play off the tee and it comes down to a putting competition."
Jonathan Byrd was in a large group at 66, while former Puerto Rico Open winner George McNeill was among those at 67.