Yeah, the headline sets up Emperor Florio with yet another chance to channel Michael Scott.
But the fact the Patriots are going to practice twice-a-day for the first seven days of training camp (first Tweeted by Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe) is noteworthy too.
For the past few seasons, the Patriots have alternated between single- and double-session practices during training camp. But when the Patriots open at Gillette Stadium on July 30, it appears Bill Belichick will be putting the hammer down.
A possible reason? Turnover.
Only 35 of the 86 Patriots on the current roster were with the Patriots in 2007. And the Patriots’ coaching staff went through an extreme offseason makeover, with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and special teams coordinator Brad Seely leading a lengthy list of changes. There are a lot of guys who will need to get used to each other during full-pad work.
And while there’s a likelihood the Pats will cancel some of those practices (Belichick often dangles practice cancellations as an incentive), the fact that this much work is built into the Patriots early camp schedule is interesting.
How well the Patriots’ revamped secondary and skill-position additions perform will be worth monitoring — and so will the progress of quarterback Tom Brady, who has raced through every offseason checkpoint to date in coming back from his blown-out left knee.
It remains to be seen whether he can do it twice a day.
That was Florio’s cue.