Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

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Byline: Bart Hubbuch , Times-Union sports writer


Mike Hollis' first fine in seven years as a Jaguar came in his last week as a Jaguar.

The veteran kicker was docked $5,000 by coach Tom Coughlin for criticizing Coughlin and his methods in a published interview last week, Hollis' agent said yesterday.

Coughlin deemed Hollis' comments "conduct detrimental to the team" in a letter to Hollis and handed down the fine, which agent Jim Gaetano already has appealed to the NFL Players Association.

"Who knows if we'll get it back, but it's just the principle of the thing," Gaetano said. "The system Coughlin has set up there isn't fair. Coughlin feels like he can say whatever he wants to the media about the players, regardless of the facts, but the players can't say anything."

Hollis, an original Jaguar who missed a career-high 10 field goals and two extra points this season, becomes an unrestricted free agent on Feb. 28 and doesn't expect to be brought back by Coughlin.

Asked Monday about Hollis' criticism, Coughlin said: "We don't have to go into that one."

Gaetano said Hollis was upset about his contract situation and asked repeatedly last summer to be traded or released by the Jaguars. Coughlin and since-departed team vice president Michael Huyghue steadfastly refused Hollis' requests, Gaetano added.

Coughlin took one last shot at Hollis on Sunday by having kickoff specialist Jaret Holmes -- and not Hollis -- attempt the Jaguars' last extra point in a 33-13 loss to Chicago.

"[The comments by Hollis] were just him getting off his chest a lot of frustration that had built up over the years," Gaetano said. "He's relieved to be getting out of there."


Bob Petrino apparently was willing to take more than a $100,000 pay cut in his haste to leave Coughlin's coaching staff this week. …

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