The contract extension for coach Tom Coughlin that had been promised since the final week of the 2001 season became a reality this morning, when the Jaguars announced Coughlin had agreed to a one-year addition to his current contract.
"I have made it clear that Tom Coughlin is the right coach for our football team," Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver said. "This extension is evidence of my belief in him and my confidence that he will succeed in reaching our goals."
On the final weekend of last season and on the heels of Steve Spurrier's resignation from the University of Florida, Weaver halted rumors the Jaguars were interested in hiring Spurrier by announcing Coughlin would be offered a contract extension.
"I'm grateful for Wayne's trust and have assured him that we are committed to getting back in position to win a championship," Coughlin said in a Jaguars press release.
The Jaguars would not announce terms of the deal. It's believed the one-year extension is added to the two years remaining on Coughlin's previous contract.
Coughlin has led the Jaguars to four playoff appearances, two AFC Central Division titles and two AFC championship-game appearances in his seven years as head coach. Coughlin's overall record during that time is 66-54, including a 4-4 postseason mark.