Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Scott Adjusting to Stern Coughlin

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Scott Adjusting to Stern Coughlin

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Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer

Darnay Scott likes to keep to himself, which is why he didn't ask around this summer about playing for Tom Coughlin.

Boy, was Scott in for a surprise.

The former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver expressed admiration for Coughlin yesterday but admitted his relationship with the Jaguars' famously stern coach has been anything but smooth.

"I've never dealt with a coach like this," Scott said, his eyes widening. "It's real different to me. My dad was a mean guy, and [Coughlin] is a mean guy, too. He's that military-type person, and it's just something you've got to get used to."

Scott, who is expected to play in tomorrow's preseason finale against Dallas despite a chronically sprained shoulder, seems to be in a tenuous position with Coughlin and the Jaguars.

A nine-year pro who has never failed to catch fewer than 46 passes in an NFL season, Scott got off to a rocky start in Jacksonville. An admitted lack of hustle in practice and repeated shoulder injuries got him demoted to backup behind Patrick Johnson early in camp.

The Jaguars are even making Scott wear jersey No. 16 until he makes the regular-season roster. Low digits for receivers are almost always reserved for rookies and undrafted free agents.

It's not exactly what Scott, a proven playmaker in Cincinnati, had in mind when he spurned Atlanta and Green Bay this summer for a one-year, $650,000 offer from the Jaguars that included no signing bonus.

Adjusting to Coughlin's gruff style has been the biggest challenge, Scott said.

"It was a lot more laid-back in Cincinnati, although that's probably why we didn't win any games," Scott said, laughing. "There's not a lot of meanness going around in Cincinnati. The coaches treat everybody like grown men."

To Scott, being treated like a grown man with the Bengals meant being allowed to go half-speed in practice after proving himself in actual games.

Coughlin, on the other hand, demands high intensity from his players in practice. …

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