Two weeks of strength and conditioning. Two weeks of on-field drills. Ten days of Organized Team Activities. Three-day mandatory mini-camp.
One would think the Giants offseason program is intended to be hearty preparation for the rigors of training camp, and beyond — at least for the personnel who choose to utilize it — but is that really the case?
Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, coaches are restricted from pushing players too hard, too frequently. The CBA reads as follows:
Players may be (1) at the Club facility no more than four hours per day, no more than four days per week, and not during weekends; and (2) on the field no more than ninety minutes per day. In addition, the Club may not specify to any player more than two specific hours a day during which it suggests that the player be at club facilities.
The end result of this “pampering” is angry football coaches. Example A: Giants HC Tom Coughlin, who was borderline furious after 4 players got carted off due to heat-related issues during day one of training camp. Brandon Mosley, Charles Brown, Xavier Grimble and Spencer Adkins were all removed. Coughlin didn’t hold back his feelings on the players dropping like flies:
“Sure it does,’’ Coughlin said, when I asked if seeing so many players fail to finish a first-day practice takes the air out of a coach. “It pisses me off. After all this [meaning the long off-season program]. Then all of a sudden we’re going to have guys that can’t stay on the field for more than an hour and a half?
“But you know what, I’ve been on teams that I walked in the door [after practice] and they were all on IVs, or 50 percent of them were on IVs. But that’s something that did take place today, and a lot of them were these big offensive linemen. There were a few others, too, but the one I’m worried about was McClain. That’s the one I’ve got to find out about.’’
Apparently, PissedCouglin.com isn’t just a website. What do you think Giants Nation — is Tom Coughlin exhibiting his displeasure towards the current NFL system? Or is Coughlin displeased with his players offseason effort? In all likelihood both issues are probably getting his goat at the moment.
Truth be told, the onus should be on the individual player to arrive at camp physically ready to rock and roll. Any professional coach would carry that same expectation. Thankfully… day two at Giants camp provided no enhanced drama.
What will day three have in store?