JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tom Coughlin is not happy that the squadron Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith are skipping the first part of the Jaguar voluntary offseason conditioning program.
The executive vice president of Jaguar football operations called the two players during his four-minute speech at the team's annual franchise presentation on Thursday. He didn't mention either by name, but they are the only two roster players who are not in training.
"We are very close to 100% attendance, and frankly, our players should be here to build the team concept, working side by side, building our bond of solidarity, formulating our collective priorities and goals," said Coughlin . "Success in the NFL requires a fight: whoever has everything that is given to them becomes lazy, selfish and insensitive to the true values of the team: the hard work that many try to avoid is the main constituent element for the development of a team of exceptional football.
"It's not about rights and privileges, but about obligations and responsibilities, and the question is: can we count on you?"
It is no surprise that Ramsey is not present because he did not attend last year, choosing to stay in Nashville, Tennessee, and train at his father's training facility. But Smith's absence was a surprise because he had attended the volunteer offseason program every year since it was drafted in 2014, and the team had no indication that he had no intention of participating.
Coach Doug Marrone said on Tuesday he had not received an answer after contacting both players to find out if they planned to return before the mandatory minicamp from 11 to 13 June.
The Jaguars 5-11 season in 2018 was a huge disappointment – the seventh time in the last eight years the team lost 11 or more games – and Marrone said at his end-of-season press conference that he wanted 100% participation in the offseason program. Even Coughlin did it clearly.
"Championship teams have a common denominator," said Coughlin. "They are composed of individuals who have a burning desire to win, to be champions. The championship teams are dominated by altruistic individuals who recognize that the well-being of the team must always be of primary importance for any other consideration."
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