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Tom Coughlin on 49ers/Bears trade: ‘Oh my gosh’

Ethan Sears
Written by Ethan Sears

Jacksonville Jaguars executive vice president Tom Coughlin loved what the San Francisco 49ers did: trading down from the second overall pick and getting a bucket full of assets in return.

“I’ve never seen one of those [deals],” he said, per Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune. “Nothing like that has ever come my way.”

As executive vice president of a professional football team, one would assume that Tom Coughlin knows it is possible to trade down in the draft. One would also assume that Tom Coughlin knows it is possible to initiate trade talks himself and that Tom Coughlin was aware that numerous teams were interested in trading up. Evidently not.

The Jaguars couldn’t have helped the Bears, but they could have gotten involved in talks with the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans or any other team that was interested in what they had to offer. Maybe Coughlin was taken out of context but this comment makes it sound like he didn’t do due diligence in preparing for the draft.

Even for those who liked the Leonard Fournette pick at No. 4 overall, this cannot make Jaguars fans feel good about the guy in charge of football operations.

About the author

Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears is the publisher of sports web site EthanSears.com and will graduate in 2017 from Rye High School in Westchester County, New York. He has loved sports from an early age and intends to have a long career in journalism.

Ethan interned at the New York Post in the summers of 2015 and 2016. He also writes for Giants Wire, USA Today's New York Giants blog. In addition to writing and editing his own website, Ethan is the sports editor for his school paper, Garnet and Black. You can follow him on Twitter @ethan_sears.