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Does diminished quality come from reduced practice time?
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As the 2011 lockout was coming to a conclusion, the owners made a series of concessions that cost them no money, at least not directly. Five years later, a real question has emerged regarding whether diminished practice time is resulting in a diminished product on Sundays (and Mondays, and now every Thursday) and, in turn, diminished ratings.

Plenty of coaches and General Managers insist that the reduction in practice time and intensity has harmed the sport, resulting in subpar offensive line play, poor fundamentals (like tackling), and bodies that aren’t “hardened” by fully-padded two-a-days and are more in-season practices in pads.

Others disagree, pointing to the immediate impact of a player like Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa as proof that full participation in the offseason program, training camp, and the preseason is overrated. Still, it’s one thing for a guy like Bosa to rush the quarterback; it’s another for a player to move in concert with other players, like offensive lineman and quarterbacks/pass-catchers do.

Last week, Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged that the practice rules should be re-evaluated in conjunction with the next round of Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations. But Goodell prefaced those remarks but suggesting that everything is fine as it is.

“I just spoke to John Madden on Monday night for an hour,” Goodell said last Wednesday regarding the perception of reduced quality of offensive line play. “I had this conversation with him and actually made exactly the opposite point: That offensive line play looks better, and he agreed. And so I don’t see that. When you have either injuries or inconsistency on the front line, that’s a cohesive group, and when one person is missing that’s a difficult thing, and so that group does need time to gel. That often gets better as the season goes along.”

That wagon-circling/all-is-well mindset won’t help the NFL solve its current problems. The league needs to be honest with itself and everyone else (more importantly with itself) about the fact that fewer people are watching, or that the same people are watching less fervently.

Instead, the league seems to be tempted to adopt a position of inaction, hunkering down and treating the lost ratings points the same way Homer Simpson reacted to the first globs of hair that fell out of his head — by shrugging and saying, “Well, there’s still plenty more where those came from.”

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/10/25/does-diminished-quality-come-from-reduced-practice-time/

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I for one am a believer in "Practice like you Play" philosophy.

I coach, albeit a different sport than football, but the idea that having easy practices reduce injuries and still gives the same result is a lot of drivel.

If you do not have your guys going hard and full speed in their drills and scrimmages, they will not be "game ready" when the time comes.

Going back over fundamentals every practice turns those drills into muscle memory. Allowing the player to no longer think about the shot, move or break, thus enabling him to play faster and more natural. A player thinking, is a player not quite going at full speed. The game slows down for the player that no longer has to think of his technique and is free to just play.

If my league came in and said I couldn't run 1 on 1 or 2 on 2 drills and also have a 1 hour scrimmage going at full speed anymore, I would not be able to field a competent team anymore.

Injuries are a part of sports and a teams ability to overcome the loss of one player or more is a testament to the amount of work the entire team has put into the season. If teams are limited to the number of times players get physical and actually work up a sweat, the quality of their execution is going to suffer.

 

I think this article hits the nail on the head in so many ways, and not just those stated in the original arguments.

Technique

Fitness

Game speed

Development

Cohesiveness

System

Chicago Bears.......Under construction.

Year 3 of a 4 year re-build.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY The Shadow

I for one am a believer in "Practice like you Play" philosophy.

I coach, albeit a different sport than football, but the idea that having easy practices reduce injuries and still gives the same result is a lot of drivel.

If you do not have your guys going hard and full speed in their drills and scrimmages, they will not be "game ready" when the time comes.

Going back over fundamentals every practice turns those drills into muscle memory. Allowing the player to no longer think about the shot, move or break, thus enabling him to play faster and more natural. A player thinking, is a player not quite going at full speed. The game slows down for the player that no longer has to think of his technique and is free to just play.

If my league came in and said I couldn't run 1 on 1 or 2 on 2 drills and also have a 1 hour scrimmage going at full speed anymore, I would not be able to field a competent team anymore.

Injuries are a part of sports and a teams ability to overcome the loss of one player or more is a testament to the amount of work the entire team has put into the season. If teams are limited to the number of times players get physical and actually work up a sweat, the quality of their execution is going to suffer.

 

I think this article hits the nail on the head in so many ways, and not just those stated in the original arguments.

Technique

Fitness

Game speed

Development

Cohesiveness

System

 

I'm daring myhself  ,....  OH wait 

 aaaawww,...what the haaaay

 

  +1 to the umpteenth whatever million power

   MAYBE the  Ricketts and Wirtz Families can buy out the McCantski's,...... YES ????

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IMHO  Having manged a multitude of personnel and being successful at it,... it makes no difference in sports or in a business, a well polished machine is only as good as it's manual support staff , managerial staff included, and when proper training and or retraining start needing to be applied more to correct hiccups ,...then the well  polished lustre  begins to fade     

Practice has always made a more prefect  environment,.. so long  as the right managerial people  are making the right  decisions( NOT what they THINK) is right  with respect to training,..and in this case practice. 
 

   MAYBE the  Ricketts and Wirtz Families can buy out the McCantski's,...... YES ????

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The players union is the culprit here.

Butkus never wore an earring

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY PapaBear.OR

The players union is the culprit here.

Well DeMaurice Smith had to show the players he got something. "Hey guys, I screwed us on the rookie contracts, but hey, I got us less work for the same pay!"

Chicago Bears.......Under construction.

Year 3 of a 4 year re-build.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY PapaBear.OR

The players union is the culprit here.

WHY not the league ???? 

   MAYBE the  Ricketts and Wirtz Families can buy out the McCantski's,...... YES ????

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Nak to Nak

 

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY PapaBear.OR

The players union is the culprit here.

WHY not the league ???? 

BECAUSE these were stipulations required by the players union side of things in the the last rounds of contract agreements.

Butkus never wore an earring

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