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Coughlin does not agree with critics


Coach Tom Coughlin does not agree with fans who continue to jam talk-show lines with the opinion that the Jaguars' greatest need is for an offensive coordinator.

"A year ago, we won 15 games under the present system; played the kind of games I want to play," says Coughlin, who serves as the team's head coach and coordinator, and performs all of the play-calling duties.

"This year there's a lot of questions about the play-calling because the success is not there. That's not the problem," Coughlin said of the play-calling and the Jaguars' coaching structure.

In that structure, quarterbacks coach Bob Petrino works with Mark Brunell and serves as a sounding board and confidant along the sideline during the game. Fans complain that, because Coughlin must remain involved in the game while the defense is on the field, Brunell is lacking necessary tactical conversation while the offense is on the sideline.

"He has someone to talk to. He talks to Petrino forever," Coughlin said of Brunell.

"I'm going to stay the course. There's nothing wrong with the formula," Coughlin added of the procedures with which he manages his team.

The theories continue to be advanced. Why aren't the Jaguars winning? Every answer has been offered, except the possibility that the Jaguars just may not be good enough. Interestingly, off a 27-13 loss to Tennessee that dropped the Jaguars' record to 2-5, there seemed to be a degree of resignation in the Jaguars' locker room today that if the team doesn't start winning soon, the answer may, in fact, be that this team is just not good enough.

Coughlin continues to search for the reasons for his team's decline. This week, he'll talk to key players individually in attempting to find reasons for the fall.

"I'm going to do some individual meetings this week. I'll talk to the leaders … about their play. I'll be supportive, but I won't sugar-coat the facts," Coughlin said.

"There's a certain amount of unsettled play happening on the field. I want to find the reason for it," Coughlin added.

The facts for this Sunday's game against the visiting Washington Redskins are that defensive end Renaldo Wynn won't play, and the Jaguars could be without cornerback Fernando Bryant. Wynn suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee Monday night, though Coughlin wouldn't offer any other information about the injury. Bryant pulled a hamstring muscle and is listed as questionable for Sunday. Middle linebacker Hardy Nickerson has missed the last two games with a hamstring pull and is listed as questionable for this Sunday.

Washington lists wide receiver Irving Fryar and cornerback Darrell Green as out for Sunday, and guard Keith Sims as doubtful.

Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith, who bruised a knee Monday and missed more than half the game, did not practice today but is expected to begin practicing tomorrow.

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