Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Give Pease a Chance

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Give Pease a Chance

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Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer

When John Pease coaches his first game as the Jaguars defensive coordinator this fall, it'll be the 560th game he's coached in his career -- but he'll be as excited as if it were his first.

Pease, 58, was introduced to the media yesterday in his new role and said he never got discouraged when he was passed over by coach Tom Coughlin for the position twice in the last three years.

"I never get discouraged," he said. "Very good men have tried to break me and they haven't been able to."

They also haven't been able to dim his upbeat personality.

He looks at a defense that will probably lose six starters and sees a group of young players ready to make their mark.

"This is kind of their time and it's exciting," he said. "This group will be kind of able to set their own tone."

Pease said he will make sure the young players receive the direction they need.

"What this team will be is a new team," he said.

He looks at a defense that blew six games in the final 5:13 last year and sees a problem can be fixed. The Jaguars are looking at 600 plays of how defenses played in the final two minutes around the league last fall.

"You'll steal something," Pease said. "It's been done in football for 100 years and, hopefully, it'll fit your personnel."

He quoted former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda as saying, "I found out it doesn't pay to complain about our problems because 75 percent of the people don't care and the other 15 per cent are glad you're having them."

Pease tells his players that the worst they can be is the 32nd best player in the world at their position.

"If you're the 32nd best player in the PGA [Tour], you're playing on Saturday and Sunday. You lose six games by a touchdown or less, why not turn those games around and have a winning season," he said.

The team's defensive line coach in its first seven seasons, Pease sees a positive in the often unbending ways of his boss. Although some former players have publicly criticized Coughlin's ways, Pease said three, including Brent Boyer, have told him they have no problem with Coughlin's style. …

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