With the restrictions of spring practices where no pads or hitting are permitted, NFL coaching staffs are forced to wait on developing a team’s collective attitude when it comes to the physical way in which they’ll play. Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is looking forward to that opportunity at training camp.
With offensive linemen incapable of doing full finish blocking in the spring, particularly in the run game, Hackett realizes that developing a physical identity has to happen in camp and the preseason.
“I think you’ve got to have a little bit of everything,” said Hackett. “I think you have to have that smash mouth mentality along with the ability to go deep and scare people with your speed. It’s all about the attitude up front. Depending on the protection you can be smash mouth too. It’s how you approach everything.
“I think that’s the attitude and as a coach, all the coaches together that’s what we really have to instill in these guys that no matter what they’re doing it’s going to be a physical game. We never want them to be soft.”
As we covered on Buffalobills.com today, the Bills coaches are eager to get started at training camp.
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