Jacksonville Jaguars executive Tom Coughlin found himself in some hot water this past week for post comments he made about players not attending voluntary workouts. In the face of harsh criticism, Coughlin has now received a stern warning from the NFL.
On Wednesday, NFL.com reported that the league had sent Coughlin a warning letter as a result of his comments. Last week, Coughlin expressed his disappointment in not seeing everyone in attendance at the Jaguars’ voluntary workouts.
“Quite frankly, all our players should be here. … It’s not about rights and privileges. It’s about obligations and responsibility. And the question is, ‘Can we count on you?”
Coughlin’s comments came across as pressuring players to attend, and also earned him a harsh retort from the NFL Player’s Association. The NFLPA quickly reminded him in a statement that “voluntary” means “voluntary.”
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) April 18, 2019
Among the players who were not in attendance was outspoken Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey. The former No. 5 overall pick is training in his hometown of Nashville, and stated on social media that he’ll be returning “when it’s time.”
Coughlin is a 50-year veteran in football operations, having split that time between college and professional coaching. He is entering his third year as Executive Vice President of Football Operations with the team that gave him his first NFL head coaching job.
In his first year in the job, the Jaguars made it to the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 1999 – back when he was the team’s head coach.
Coughlin may feel disappointed in not seeing all of his players in attendance for all of the workouts, but due to the CBA, he needs to make sure he doesn’t vocalize that or he risks getting into serious trouble