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“Success in the NFL demands struggle,” Coughlin said. “Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of team. The hard work that many try to avoid is the major building block for the development of an outstanding football team.

“It’s not about rights and privileges. It’s about obligations and responsibility. And the question is, can we count on you? Doing the things the right way all the time; we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act, but a habit.”

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Funny you post that on the day this is posted on NFL.com:




The man in charge in Jacksonville sounds upset a few employees exercised their right to skip voluntary workouts.


Jaguars executive vice president Tom Coughlin noted Thursday a couple of players were absent from the beginning of Phase One of offseason workouts.

"We're close to 100 percent attendance -- and quite frankly all of our players should be here..." Coughlin said, via John Oehser of the team's official website.

Most notably corner Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith are two players who have not been in attendance this week.

The beginning of offseason workouts are voluntary. The Jags won't hold a mandatory session until minicamp, June 11-13.

Often too much is made of players skipping workouts at this stage. Phase One of offseason activities consists of only conditioning workouts. Some players feel more comfortable working out with their personal trainers away from the team building. When the man in charge, like Coughlin, seemingly calls out team leaders for skipping, a little more pressure is put on players who exercise their right not to attend voluntary sessions.

UPDATE: In a move that should surprise no one, the NFL Players Association issued a response Thursday reminding Coughlin that these workouts are voluntary in nature.





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