No shoulder pads. No hitting. No tackling. No dirty play in the trenches. No wide receivers getting blown up across the middle or defensive backs getting run over. No serious pass rush for a quarterback to worry about and no cut blocks to be seen against the front seven.
Does this sound like football? Nope, but this is the scenery each and every day at OTAs across the league.
Looks like its time to call a “Meeting with the Bobs” (click the link if you don’t get the reference; never pass on a chance to plug a clip from Office Space).
Playbook installation, team building, timing routes, mixing and matching personnel and conditioning are all advantages of hit-free spring/summer practices. Player performance is certainly important too, but football isn’t exactly football in the months of May and June.
We want to see crisp passes from
But then again, perspective is important. This is practice without pads we’re talking about.
There have been some surprise players turn heads this spring, such as rookie free agent TE
Two of the dark horses who made the team last fall were hardly talked about until the pads started popping in August. That’s when Belcher and
Battle would wind up being more of a “swing back” than a tailback once the pads came on.
You get the point. No pads equals modified football. This is all a precursor for training camp and the preseason to hit the ground running.
Why bring this up now? Well, this is the biggest week of the Chiefs off-season program with OTAs Monday–Wednesday and five practices over three days during mini-camp weekend. That’s eight (non-padded) practices over the next seven days. There will be plenty of Chiefs practice info to report on this week.
Anyway, I also thought it would be worthwhile to share what a typical day at the training facility looks like for each of the players.
7:30 AM – Weight room opens. One side of the football typically lifts while the other goes into the classroom with their position coaches (up until last week, the rookies were lifting at 6:00 AM each morning).
9:00 AM – Weight room transition. Those in the classrooms go to the weight room and those in the weight room go to “class.”
10:30 AM – Players are on the field for walk-thrus
11:00 AM – Stretching begins
11:10 AM – Practice begins. Each practice this year has lasted until approximately noon. Individual drills in position groups always begin practices, before “Red Ball” drills, 7-on-7 and team periods begin. Typically, 7-on-7 and team periods take up a total of around 40 combined snaps.
12:00 PM – Conditioning
12:15 – 1:00 PM – Lunch is served and the media enters the locker room. Some players will stick around through the afternoon for extra film and playbook study.