TRAINING CAMP STATUS REPORT.

Posted July 28, 2013

O.T.A.'s are one thing, but I never know what the media means when they say that Training Camp is going well, BEFORE the hitting has started. Yet another example is this article here: http://www.csnbayarea.com/blog/scott-bair/camp-report-raiders-and-running-well .

A team's personality is still encased in marble prior to hitting. By hitting I don't just mean Defense, I mean Offensive hitting as well. How often do your O-linemen resort to cut blocks? Can anyone stonewall the team's dominant pass rush artist one-on-one? How often does the scheme resort to double teams? What sort do they use when they do? Every zone-blocking team does some power blocking and vice versa. How often does the team leave it's bread and butter? When they do is it to "shake up" the other side, or is it to simply sprinkle in enough versatility to keep the other side honest? Are receivers springing the backs for extra yardage? What does blitz pick-up look like beyond your starting RB?

Your team's personality is carved anew out of that marble, every year. So how can anyone tell how well it's going in gym shorts?

Wake me when it's contact.

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