NFL ad­just­ing to lighter camps

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

When 10 years’ worth of la­bor peace came to the NFL in 2011, so did a mas­sive change in the rules gov­ern­ing prac­tice — dur­ing the sea­son, the off­sea­son and, most es­pe­cially, in train­ing camps. Lengthy dou­ble ses­sions, the dreaded two-a-days, be­came a shorter ses­sion and a walk­through.

Hit­ting any­where out­side the games them­selves was min­i­mized. Days off dur­ing camp were re­quired. Per­haps as wor­ri­some to coach­ing staffs, not to men­tion play­ers on the ros­ter bub­ble, was a sig­nif­i­cant de­crease in teach­ing time.

Un­less the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment is opened be­fore it ex­pires af­ter the 2020 sea­son, none of that will change. And the com­plaints will re­main.

“Some of the things, that you can’t put a player in front of a player in the off­sea­son even with a pad on,” Cow­boys lineback­ers coach Matt Eber­flus said of one ma­jor prob­lem. “That to me is re­stric­tive be­cause you have to use man­agers and those types of things. The rules are the rules and we abide by the rules. But I think that at times can be a lit­tle bit re­stric­tive.”

So does Fal­cons guard Ben Gar­land, to a de­gree.

“I think it de­pends on who you are,” the vet­eran of three NFL sea­sons said. “If you are a guy who is re­ally young and a free agent and doesn’t have a lot of reps, it is re­ally tough for you be­cause it re­ally lim­its your reps and your ex­pe­ri­ence.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.