Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Assuming that the elimination of two-a-day practices in training camp is included in the next CBA, it’s fair to believe that most players would think that’s an extraordinarily nice new perk.
Two-a-days, after all, are brutal (or so we’ve been told by people who actually play football for a living), and obviously, it takes a tremendous toll on the body in the short term (and probably on the long-term health as well).
As you should know by now, Jets LB Bart Scott is not most people. He doesn’t agree with the idea of no two-a-days. Not at all.
"I think it’s wimping out; making football more soft," Scott told the Newark Star Ledger. "No reason to try and make camp easy.
"I get concerned you're making football players weaker because you don’t push them past that threshold. ... I get concerned with the same thing with the quarterback stuff, that they turn it into flag football; they turn it into little pansy stuff.”
You have to wonder if there’s a fine line between “little pansy stuff” and “making sure you’re not hurting yourself in the long run.” Especially if the NFL and the NFLPA are concerned about concussions and will ratchet down the on-field contact in the offseason in order to make the game safer.
I don’t think that’s “little pansy stuff.” I think that’s smart.
But Scott is worried about the coaches trying to cram two sessions worth of material into one practice. Ultimately, he says, that will make everybody a little bit worse at his job.
“Two-a-days, it’s what football is all about," Scott told the paper. "It’s about endurance, pain, will, putting yourself through something when your body is telling you it doesn’t want to go. Your mind controlling your body. That’s what camp is all about. With one-a-days, guys might not be in as good of shape as they would have been. Camp tears you down, and then a smart coach starts pulling back in enough time that allows players' bodies to build back up."
I understand Scott’s point, but the game (and the way practices are conducted) are always changing. How would Scott feel about not getting any water in practice, as coaches used to do in the old days? Does he feel like keeping himself hydrated is “little pansy stuff?”
No matter how he feels about it, it’s hard to argue that the elimination of two-a-day practices is probably best for everybody’s health. I imagine 99 percent of his colleagues would agree.
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