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Jerry Sullivan: 'I Like The Challenge That Belies Me'

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June 12, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) runs after a reception during minicamp at Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
June 12, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) runs after a reception during minicamp at Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

One of the big acquisitions for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the offseason was on their coaching staff, with the hiring of wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan. Sullivan is highly regarded in league circles and well respected by players, often working with players like Larry Fitzgerald and even the Jaguars own Laurent Robinson. Back in May, Sullivan talked a little about the wide receiver group that he just started working with.

"I like the challenge that belies me, I'll put it that way," Sullivan told reporters. "I look forward to it. We've got a lot of young guys who've got a lot to learn, but I'm excited about their attitude and we've just got to put one foot in front of the other going up the mountain. Some days you slide a step. Some days you gain two steps. ...

"It'll be a well-rounded group if everybody gets to where they need to be. We've got a ways to go. That's a common phrase around the league, I know. Nobody wants to put themselves out there. My whole thing is the group needs to improve to be NFL caliber to win games."

Sullivan stressed how important it was to run routes, stressing that if the wide receiver isn't in control, the cornerback is.

"You're either hearing elevator music, or you're hearing Guns & Roses," Sullivan said. "If you're hearing Guns & Roses, you're probably not going to be successful. You want to be nice and smooth and calm and in control of how you do it."

(h/t Brian Levenson)