With the report that the NFL and the Players union are discussing reduced contact for offseason workouts as a means to reduce concussions (presumably come the regular season), one has to wonder if some NFL coaches will be concerned about having their teams properly prepared for the season.
The Washington Post write up indicates that while the number of offseason practices might be the same, that practices involving contact could be reduced by 20 to 25 percent. There’s not a whole lot of contact to begin with in offseason practices as most are conducted in helmets and shorts, though linemen do engage in some unavoidable contact at times.
If they reduce contact to the point where they’re practicing without helmets I’m not sure defensive backs will be able to try and cover receivers the same way they would in a game situation. And that’s just one example.
The most interesting part is the proposed elimination of the three-point stance. While it’s not expected to happen for the 2010 season, it would obviously change an awful lot of protection schemes on offense as well as the run game while also altering run defense and things like goal line defense. That would force coaches to re-think and re-formulate just about everything with a lot of trial and error.
So while I think the coaches are all for the safety of the players with respect to concussions, there’s also the concern of having your team properly prepared for the rigors of the regular season, knowing that winning is ultimate answer to job security. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
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