The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking at more than the measurables, character and the stat sheet in going after free agent players.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Jaguars are also looking at the players' home lives and wanting to get to know their spouses as well.
There is a definite thought process behind getting to know the players' wives as a part of the getting-to-know venture.
“If you're happy at home with your wife at home, I think the energy level is higher,” Jaguars coach MIke Mularkey said. “It's very important to me…There's a lot that goes with being married. I just believe the happier you are with your wife, the happier you are on the field. I really believe that.”
The Jaguars used the theory in landing both receiver Laurent Robinson and quarterback Chad Henne this off-season, as both players brought their wives in with them.
“I really think there [are] a lot of guys that come in single, you are very young and there are lot of women after the money, the fame,” said Henne, who has known his wife since they were in junior high. “They aren't in it for the right reasons. If you have a relationship before you come into the league, it builds your character and you get sustained in the way you live.”
Robinson's wife, Kay, agrees, saying a healthy marriage makes players more stable and grounded.
“I think there's responsibility and accountability,” she said. “He doesn't go out, we're homebodies, we're both in bed early at night and live a simple life. He even helps out around the house; he does the dishes.”
The theory sounds good, but time will tell if going after family men translate into more victories and few off-field incidents.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com