Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Trade Deficit Jags Claim Silent Treatment

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Trade Deficit Jags Claim Silent Treatment

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ORLANDO -- Last April, the Jaguars encountered something they

had not faced during their previous two drafts. Teams, they say,

were reluctant to trade with them on draft day.

"Most conversations were quick," said Jaguars coach Tom

Coughlin. "It was `no, we're not interested, we're not going to

do that.' It was almost like lip service. The year before it was

different. They were listening. People know we had some success

with the deals we made in the past and were not so willing to

see us get an advantage."

Trader Tom, Coughlin's oft-referred nickname in the first two

seasons, was inactive when it came to trading during the 1997

draft. The Jaguars made four draft-day deals in 1995 to move up

and down the board, then followed that with two more in 1996.

Granted they had extra picks in both of those drafts to use as

maneuvering tools, but in 1997 -- with no extra picks -- the

Jaguars did not make a draft-day trade.

Why?

For their part, the Jaguars say teams may have been more

reluctant to deal with them because of their rapid rise to the

NFL's elite. An appearance in the AFC Championship Game after

the 1996 season may have turned teams away from dealing with the

Jaguars.

The Jaguars and Carolina Panthers, who went to the NFC

Championship Game after the 1996 season, both received a bevy of

extra picks in the first two seasons, leading some around the

NFL to question whether they received too much.

"I think there was a little resentment across the league about

the two expansion teams doing so well," said Michael Huyghue,

the Jaguars executive vice president of football operations. "It

raised the bar around the league and I think, particularly with

the draft choices, there was a sentiment not to let us get any

more because of the early success. …

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