Jalen Ramsey got traded to LA and instantly had an excellent season. But despite a ton of success in his new home, Ramsey is still bitter about his breakup with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and has a special animosity for former executive Tom Coughlin.
Jalen Ramsey had a steller first complete season in LA. The FSU alum allowed a passer rating of just 68.1 and earned second-team All-Pro honors. But this wasn’t anything special for him. Ramsey made the Pro Bowl thrice during his tenure with the Jags, and also earned an All-Pro nod in only his 2nd season.
Jalen Ramsey: 0.53 yards allowed per coverage snap in 2020
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But despite the success, Jalen didn’t enjoy his time with the Jaguars. A major divide between Tom Coughlin’s “old-school” way of running things and the current generation of players led toward a disastrous tenure as the team’s executive vice president of football operations.
Jalen Ramsey says that the team didn’t like Tom Coughlin
On Paper, Coughlin did a great job. The team made the AFC Championship game in only his first season, but the two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach wasn’t well-liked by his players.
Ramsey appeared on Aqib Talib’s “Catching Fades” podcast.
“To be honest, we didn’t like Tom Coughlin. That’s what it came down to,” Ramsey said. “That was his first year in there and we were a sorry team the year before. We went from having a relaxed coaching staff that let us be adults, but we were too young for that at the time. We were too young a team to know how to really treat that.”
“As a whole team, we came together and we created that bond and that team chemistry, that we were going to fight for each other, ride for each other, because, to be honest, we didn’t like Tom Coughlin,” he told former NFL star Aqib Talib. “That’s what it came down to.”
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“When they brought in Coughlin, he went compete opposite. It felt like…even worse than college at times. We felt like half the stuff he was trying to implement wasn’t even about football. You have to wear white socks. It doesn’t matter if I wear white socks or black socks — the receiver is gonna get shut down regardless.”
Either way, Jalen Ramsey ended up on a great defence where he was the leader of the secondary. So it seems like it worked out for the better.