July 25, 2011 Leave a comment
So I was talking with a friend of mine online today about the NFL owners and the NFLPA gearing up for a week of final touches on the negotiations for the new CBA to be finalized. During our conversation the topic of the players requesting only 1 a day practices and the limit of 14 ‘full pad’ practices a season.
His opinion was that the players are trying to get out of practice during the pre season and active season. He felt the players were going to be risking themselves to injury because they were not going to be putting in the intensity it takes to be ready for a full season of NFL football.
I had the opposite feelings about the players negotiated requests. I feel that the physics of the game do not lie. A human body can only take so much abuse and contact during a players career.
The aspect of negotiating less full contact hits and reducing the amount of time you can be injured out of a game time situation is brilliant in my opinion. Over the ten years of this new CBA the average career of an NFL player and the quality of life after a players career has to improve due to the reduction of abuse the player will take over an NFL season.
With less physical time in the practices it will give the NFL teams time to practice the mental aspects of the game. Giving the players more time to work on the schemes and game plans the coaches are implementing every week. The technical quality of football will improve over the next ten years of football. Sure the game is played with natural talent and physicality. But the more the players know the schematics of the game plan the more instinctual they become.
Just ask players like Peyton Manning who is notorious for watching game film and being a student of the game. When you watch Peyton play on Sunday’s he knows where his players are supposed to be at all times and he even knows where the defensive player is supposed to be in the formation they are playing in. There is a reason he is one of the best quarterbacks in the game today.
With the time the lineman, running backs, linebackers, wide receivers, and defensive backs reduced in hitting each other on the field and the classroom time increased the knowledge and technical execution of the game of football has to get better.
These players are not professional athletes because they need to learn how to block someone or need to develop their tackling skills. They are phenomenal athletic specimens who can run faster, hit harder, jump higher than the average football player across America playing the game today.
What makes the great football player stand out over the good football player is his knowledge of the game.
WE SPEAK OUR MINDS!