To determine which free agents to sign, the Jacksonville Jaguars are requesting that football players bring their wives to interviews, as the team believes that players with good marriages will perform better on the field.
Jaguars general manager Gene Smith said he borrowed the idea from college recruiting, where a parent is always involved, but shifted the focus from parents to wives.
Shahid Khan, the Jaguars’ new owner, tries to meet all of the spouses of his employees. He also has retreats in which his employees are encouraged to bring their spouses. Khan believes that good football players need a stable home environment.
The team’s new coach, Mike Mularkey, agrees: “If you’re happy at home with your wife at home, I think the energy level is higher. 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.”