Jaguars receivers coach Jerry Sullivan is tough and demanding. Anal, as receiver Mike Thomas put it.
Thomas figures that's just what the Jaguars receiving corps needs.
"When Coach Monk was here the demand was pretty high up the pedestal," Thomas said, referring to Todd Monken, the former Jaguars receivers coach who left to become Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator before last season. "Then, as you all know, I think the level of play kind of dropped from the wide receiver position last year. Different coaches do things different ways. You all react to it and everybody reacts to it differently. We will see how the Coach Sullivan era goes. I think it will be good. I really do."
Somewhat hamstrung by the ability to only give one-year contracts, former Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio had to shuffle from within for a receivers coach last season after losing two offensive assistants during the 2011 offseason.
The receivers struggled under Johnny Cox last year, who was new to the role. He remained the receivers coach until former owner Wayne Weaver fired Del Rio and Mel Tucker became interim head coach. One of Tucker's first moves was firing Cox.
"Monken was anal," Thomas said. "We are all grown men. We have families and a lot of us have mortgages and bills just like the next man or next woman. You have to be anal in this business to get your point across and get what you really need out of guys to win.”
And how will he respond?
“There’s only one way to respond to it. You either respond to it or you go in the tank. Everybody knows what happens if you go in the tank in this league. You will be replaced. I think there is no other way to respond to it and go into it with that open mind and hope that you can get it right for him.”