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Coughlin emphasized he wasn’t urging players to forge on through a “serious injury,”

Feb
24

“To look at Keenan, to look at his background, where he came from and what he was able to accomplish, you better believe he can share information to the players in that room on how to be successful in this league. It starts with toughness,” Coughlin said. “Now that’s not the first thing on most people’s lists when it comes to talking about receivers. But you talk about a guy who’s tough, he wouldn’t miss a practice with a separated shoulder. That’s a little bit of something that has to happen. This league can benefit from more of that attitude and this team from that attitude as well.”

Coughlin emphasized he wasn’t urging players to forge on through a “serious injury,” but noted: “You’re a pro. This isn’t passing camp. It’s a tough game, it’s a tough business. You’ve got to play through some things if your team is gonna succeed.”

Coughlin went on to level Jacksonville’s low-wattage offense as an operation in need of more balance. After the team “boasted” the league’s largest run-pass imbalance last season, Coughlin was asked if that dynamic bothered him.

“A lot,” Coughlin said. “I don’t think you’re helping the quarterback at all when you don’t rush the football. I think for our team to be successful in this division — noting that there are teams that’ll come in and run the ball and try to hold the ball, keep your offense on the sideline — we need to be able to do some of that as well.”

Sanu refused to blame the loss on offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who drew intense scrutiny for his late-game play-calling. In lieu of milking the clock, Shanahan stayed aggressive.

There’s nothing wrong with bringing rookies around slowly but when an offense is as punch-less as Minnesota’s has been over the last year, they have little choice but to expedite the learning process for Treadwell.

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