NFL players are getting nervous, starting to take matters into their own hands.
Take for instance today’s news that the St. Louis Rams will be holding informal team workouts in, of all places, Arizona.
Is this a good thing?
Many feel, including Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, that anytime players can get together as teammates it’s a bonus.
However, despite the fact that some members of the Packers offensive line got together recently, the Packers’ skill players aren’t in any great hurry to do the same.
Maybe it’s because the team was the last organization left standing at the end of the season, or maybe it’s because these players realize that getting together sans coaches may not be the best option. Oh, it’s OK to maybe get together for burgers and beers on a Sunday afternoon, but to turn it into a semi-organized practice with veterans leading the way simply isn’t the same as running drills under the auspices of coaches’ whistles or the air horn signal for changing venues.
All those players of various teams coming out and telling the world that they are the most committed team because they’re sweating together with their brothers is nothing but poppycock and media posturing.
Personally, I can’t believe the scrutiny being given this hype. None of these team are going to have an advantage over others, none of them getting together for the informal workouts are going to be any better prepared because of what they do now.
Folks, these guys are professionals and know how to be prepared come the start of the regular season when things really start to count.
What they do now won’t make a bit of difference …
That’s why I’m impressed that the Packers haven’t shown the need to panic and haven’t clamored for public attention.
If and when the owners and players association reach an agreement the Packers players and coaches will be ready to turn the switch and get it going … Together.
In the meantime, we’ll let the others throw and catch for the cameras.