usually equate nitpicky Virgo with the bone-crushing commitment
to mayhem that winning in the NFL requires. When we think of the
sign Virgo, the image that usually comes to mind is probably prim
and proper, fussy, puritanical and even dull. However, if you take
a good look at the Jacksonville Jaguars, currently the number one
playoff seed in the AFC, you may never think of Virgo in the same
way again. Head coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Mark Brunell
are both Virgos, and their combination of perfectionism, work ethic,
attention to detail and good, clean living have proven unbeatable
in the brutally competitive world of professional football.
Starts at the Top
Jaguars’ owners made a careful decision when they hired Tom Coughlin
away from Boston College, making him the expansion team’s first
head coach on February 21, 1994. Coughlin had a winning record and
a mercilessly meticulous style, but Jaguars’ chairman Wayne Weaver
has said that it was Coughlin’s morals and reputation as a committed
family man that made him stand out from the competition. Coughlin
doesn’t tolerate scandal and doesn’t hire troublemakers—an old-fashioned
(but refreshing) attitude considering the current climate in the
result: the Jaguars have made the playoffs in four of their first
five seasons—an NFL expansion team record. They won their way into
the AFC championship game in their second season in 1996, and are
well positioned with a bye-week and home-field advantage to do the
same now. Virgo coach Coughlin has micro-managed their success every
step of the way.
goes around comes around, and every Virgo has his critics. Coughlin’s
exacting, dictatorial style is just too much for some players, as
well as some of the press, fans and former employees. Virgos are
rarely known for their people skills or charm, and even the most
accomplished are often shy or socially awkward.
Coughlin lacks a certain warmth or approachability, perhaps we should
consider the rest of his chart, particularly his Ascendant and the
First House. The Ascendant is the point rising on the horizon at
the time of birth, and it tells us about a person’s outward personality
Ascendant falls in the latter part of the highly sensitive sign
Cancer, but that softness is more than counterbalanced by the close
proximity of a very severe Saturn in the earliest part of Leo. It
is that Saturn that typifies the demanding, self-reliant father
figure—the stern taskmaster who rarely cracks a smile. Coughlin’s
physical appearance even bears testimony to the disciplined presence
of Saturn in Leo. He has the ruddy complexion and burning stare
of a fire sign, but he is spare and lanky—no fat, no fuss, no frills.
Quarterback Mark Brunell
of this stands in marked contrast to the personality of the Jaguars’
lovable Virgo quarterback, Mark Brunell. Brunell is a working man’s
player—polite and humble off the field, but a diehard daredevil
on the job. He is blessed with a fortunate Pisces Ascendant that
gives him a more sympathetic personality and a warmer, even cuddly
appearance—the perfect, media-friendly foil for coach Coughlin!
A deeply religious husband and father, Brunell guards his image
as a team leader and role model very carefully. With his Virgo attention
to detail and tireless work ethic, he has mastered the range of
skills for his position. Never flashy or ostentatious, he has attained
that seemingly effortless perfection that comes with endless practice.
Like his team, he is the complete package.
success of the Jacksonville Jaguars team reflects the passion of
their Virgo leadership. Did you think you would ever see the words
“Virgo” and “passion” in the same sentence? But there is a very
special passion behind that relentless quest for excellence—a purity
and focus that pushes them on and inspires those around them to
work harder. By leaving nothing to chance, the Jaguars have built
a multi-pronged offense, a stifling defense and snappy special teams.
They lead the NFL with a 14-2 regular season record, and all with
little to no distractions either on or off the field. Coach Coughlin
wouldn’t tolerate anything less. So bring on the playoffs!