You may have heard about what happened today during the Green Bay Packers‘ training camp practice today … if you haven’t, here’s what you need to know:
The Packers engaged for the second straight day in what’s known has the half line drill which pits the team’s offensive and defensive players in one-on-one battles … the object is simply to beat the man in front of you.
It gets physical. It can be brutal. It’s pure football.
It’s also an emotional drill as players can dominate or they can be embarrassed.
The drill can lead to scuffles – to put it mildly.
That’s what happened today. First it was Jamari Lattimore and Josh Sitton who started a fight that soon turned into something much bigger when others got involved.
But that wasn’t the end of it. As the drill continued, emotions once again flared, but this time it involved offensive line coach James Campen and linebackers coach Winston Moss, who were reported to have gotten into a shouting match.
Can it get any better than this?
We all know that this is nothing new. It happens across the league as teams get tired of pounding on one another and can’t wait to get on the field against an opponent wearing a different colored uniform.
Here’s what T.J. Lang said after today’s practice: “Monday during our half-line drill, I think the offense did a lot of good things that day and I think the defense took a lot of those things personal. I think today, they made it a point to come out and show that they weren’t going to back down.”
Josh Sitton joined in the discussion: “It’s about protecting your guys. If I see someone finishing too hard on a running back, then I’m going to go talk to that guy and make sure it doesn’t happen. If your guys see you protecting your teammates, then they’re going to feel that much closer to you and that bond’s going to build even more.”
And isn’t that what it’s all about in this game? – the band of brothers who may snipe and fight among themselves, but when it comes to protecting one another on the field, that’s one of the biggest things.
When asked about it, Head Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t want to make a mountain out of a molehill: “Let’s not make any more of what it was. It was a lot energy in the drill. There’s nothing wrong with what Winston Moss and James Campen did today. It wasn’t personal. It’s about getting our team better. Coaches compete no different than the players.”
It’s pretty clear the Packers are ready to play the St. Louis Rams, and the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs. It. Is. Time.
These next three preseason games are bound to define this team, as much as the cuts that are around the corner over the next couple of weeks.
The competition built to a point where it boiled over today, but that’s OK. That’s why this team is ready.
Are you ready?