Last week, at the Jaguars annual state of the franchise meeting, Executive Vice President Tom Coughlin, made it clear that he believes every player should be present during the voluntary portion of the offseason program.
While Coughlin might believe that to be true, the NFL Player Association collectively bargained for this portion of the offseason to be voluntary, and players are well within their rights not be in attendance at this stage in the game.
Coughlin's comments incited fast responses from Jalen Ramsey — one of the Jaguars players not currently with the team — and his agent.
Now Tom Coughlin has received a warning letter from the NFL per the request of the NFLPA.
It's easy to understand why the Players Association would take umbrage with such a statement. Coughlin didn't call out any players specifically, but his intentions were crystal clear.
Coughlin is an old school, team-first guy. But if his actions cause the team to be fined or lose practice days in the future, then he may need to look himself in the mirror and adjust his tone, just a bit.