How free time is spent can make or break NFL players, plus reader mail
One of the best perks of being an NFL player -- aside from, you know, getting paid a lot of money to play a game -- is the amount of free time you have in the offseason.
It really comes in two batches.
The first is during the recovery period from the end of the season until spring workouts begin in mid-to-late March. The second stint is starting right about now and will last until training camps begin in five or six weeks. These breaks, however, are really polar opposites, even though the player is free to set his own schedule with no restrictions from the team for both.
The first one is strictly a time to rest, relax, and let one's body heal and recharge from the tremendous rigors of the season. The second is pretty much crunch time.
Take new Dolphins linebacker
Wake's right, and his point about working hard without supervision is a salient one in light of the trend of teams to draft or sign players that love football and have good character. Players with those intangibles are the ones who will not only stay out of trouble but also will also work out twice a day in the heat to acclimate themselves to the conditions they will face in August. Those lacking a passion for the game are more likely to sit around and work out just a couple of times a week in an air-conditioned environment, if ever.
The same holds true for the increasingly complicated mental aspect of the game. While most conscientious players study their notes throughout their vacation time to make sure they are mentally sharp once camp begins, new Seattle coach
Teams try to legislate the player's workouts during this time by instituting conditioning tests and assigned weights upon their arrival to training camp. Inevitably there are players who will fail both. Those are the guys a team is trying to get rid of if they have a suitable alternative. It is all about maintaining or increasing the physical and mental gains that have taken place during the offseason conditioning program. The more players who feel that sense of urgency over the next month and a half, the better chance that team has of success in the fall.
Mail time ...
Well put, but I wonder if we don't hear about any incidents like this in the military is it because they are handled internally and never become front page news.
Judging from my e-mails, it seems like it is more like 50/50 in terms of the Eagles fans and their feelings towards McNabb. I am from near Philadelphia and have a pretty good sense of the arguments both for and against McNabb, I just think the people that want to run him and
Yeah, that is what most people said, and I can imagine if you have never won one that would pretty much be the sentiment. But I'd like to talk with you at the end of those 12 years and see if you really felt that way. Ostensibly, that title would last forever but my guess is by midway through the next season it would be just a thing of the past.
You're wrong. On both accounts.
Yes, but only after a sizable suspension, between 4-8 games. I understand that the legal process will likely not unfold until the end of the season, but the NFL has taken a very strong policy when it comes to guns.
I agree. I think