When a football coach says a practice is “too intense” and actually curtails the end of the workout, you know it was probably a little intense.
Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press has the story here when, on the final day of the Lions mini-camp today, there were two fights, and coach Jim Schwartz stopped practice. Afterward, he said that some players would be fined for their actions.
It hasn’t been a great offseason for the Lions, who also were deducted two OTA sessions after the NFL discovered they were violating the Collective Bargaining Agreement with their intensity and tempo of practice. The proceedings on Friday also were a little passionate.
“Yeah, that was too intense,” Schwartz said. “We had a situation come up before in OTAs and we sort of laughed about that you can’t fine the players. But guess what? There’s going to be a lot of fines from today. It’s not acceptable what happened. We weren’t able to finish a period.
“It’s going to get hot, you’re going to get at the end of practice, you’re going to have things that come up, but when you can’t finish practice and when you have guys entering fights that aren’t involved in it, it’s unacceptable. And they’re going to get taxed pretty heavy for this.”
Fights, of course, break out all the time in football practices, and usually, there’s hardly anything newsworthy to write. You could write about Bengals C Kyle Cook fighting with a defensive lineman or SS Roy Williams tangling with WR Maurice Purify – both of which occurred during the hot days of Cincinnati’s training camp last year. But most likely, you wouldn’t, because these types of little tussles occur all the time.
But when a coach actually has to stop practice to deal with the pugilists, well, that’s a little overboard.
As ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifer t analyzes, “I'm not going to get too worked up about Lions players fighting their way through spring drills. I'm OK with a team that's lost 30 of its past 32 games showing some anger. What you don't want is a pattern of losing your composure when you're tired or frustrated. That mistake leads to penalties and lost yardage when it happens in a game.”
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