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Quarterbacks help make limited offseason work successful for their teams

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One of the biggest changes put into place by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement were cuts in the amount of time and types of work teams can do during the offseason.

There are five fewer weeks of offseason work under the new rules and teams are limited to nine days of OTAs and one minicamp, none of which can feature any “live contact.” That makes every moment count a little bit more than it did in past seasons, something that some coaches think is a good thing. Two coaches told Albert Breer of NFL.com that the compressed schedule led to more structure and productivity in the spring because the players put more of a premium on it.

Tom Brady is one example of that new attitude. Brady used to spend part of the offseason in California working out on his own, but spent this entire offseason with the Patriots and said the shorter schedule was the reason for the change. Breer heard from people in Denver and New York that said the Manning brothers both spent every minute possible with their teams. Aaron Rodgers did the same for the Packers and coach Mike McCarthy said that his presence signaled the importance of the workouts to the rest of the team.

“Your best players have gotta be your best people, and your best people gotta be the best representatives and salesmen of your program,” McCarthy said. “That’s something that’s talked about, and (Rodgers) does that. He does it to the umpteenth. Now, he’s had events, and his schedule is different than the rest of our football team. But he still makes it work.”

As Breer points out, not all the top quarterbacks were on the same program. Drew Brees wasn’t with the Saints this spring after leading them in workouts throughout the lockout last year, although people in New Orleans might be heartened by the fact that the Packers didn’t work out as a team at all last spring before reeling off 13 straight wins to start the season.

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10 Responses to “Quarterbacks help make limited offseason work successful for their teams”
  1. jessethegreat says: Jun 27, 2012 1:57 PM

    So are you saying the “top” QB’s are with their teams every step of the way? With the exception of the one that feels like he deserves to be paid as much as the other ones combined?

    Who does he think he is? It sounds like he needs the extra money… Maybe he was the bounty financer the whole time and wants to be re-compensated?

  2. CKL says: Jun 27, 2012 2:14 PM

    “Your best players have gotta be your best people” Mike McCarthy
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    BB believes this also. I think it’s right.

    That’s true about GB last year and no workouts, but all the teams were in the same boat. This year they aren’t, so I wouldn’t be surprised if NO’s timing on offense isn’t great at first IF Brees isn’t at TC.

    If the workouts being more limited is what brought TB back to Foxboro, I like that part of the CBA.

  3. souldogdave says: Jun 27, 2012 2:18 PM

    He thinks he’s a superbowl winning QB, fool.The only one who’s been low-balled by his team. Shame on the Saints for many reasons, but this is big too.You ain’t so great,jesse if you haven’t figured this out…

  4. jessethegreat says: Jun 27, 2012 3:10 PM

    souldogdave says: Jun 27, 2012 2:18 PM

    He thinks he’s a superbowl winning QB, fool.The only one who’s been low-balled by his team. Shame on the Saints for many reasons, but this is big too.You ain’t so great,jesse if you haven’t figured this out…
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    What about the other Super Bowl winning QB’s in the league right now? The Stains offer was for more than each of the other QB’s (Eli, Peyton, Brady, Roethlisberger, Rodgers) are making this next year.

    Why does he think he deserves more than the others?

  5. blacknole08 says: Jun 27, 2012 3:32 PM

    jessethegreat says: Jun 27, 2012 3:10 PM

    What about the other Super Bowl winning QB’s in the league right now? The Stains offer was for more than each of the other QB’s (Eli, Peyton, Brady, Roethlisberger, Rodgers) are making this next year.

    Why does he think he deserves more than the others?

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    If you look at Brees numbers since 2006 when he joined the Saints (5 playoff wins, 2 NFC championship appearances and a Super Bowl victory), and also consider the Saints team history before Brees got there (only one playoff win in their entire history), you can see why he deserves a huge pay day.

  6. jwreck says: Jun 27, 2012 3:43 PM

    So are you saying the “top” QB’s are with their teams every step of the way? With the exception of the one that feels like he deserves to be paid as much as the other ones combined?

    Who does he think he is? It sounds like he needs the extra money
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    He doesn’t want more, he wants to be compensated equally to the other top QB’s in the league. And the stereotype of greedy athletes is really pretty stupid.

    It’s unclear why it’s so hard to grasp the concept that being an athlete is a job, just like a salesman or a lawyer, or a stock broker. Athletes have bills to pay, families to feed, kids who need to go to college.

    Except, unlike a salesman, or a lawyer, or a stockbroker, athletes can’t work their job for forty years for a steady income. Their careers last for an entirety of ten to fifteen years. They have to make the kind of money in less than two decades that everybody else in America makes in forty or fifty years.

    And when you take into account that their career can end on any given Sunday, their demands for more money don’t seem that unreasonable at all. A lawyer or a broker or a grocery store clerk can get fired, but they can always get a new job somewhere else. If an athlete gets Theismanned, they can never do their job or provide for their family again.

  7. millerhour says: Jun 27, 2012 4:43 PM

    As long as people are paying a lot of money for merchandise, tickets, Sunday ticket packages, concessions these same people cannot complain about athletes salaries.

  8. uwsptke says: Jun 27, 2012 4:44 PM

    blacknole08 says:

    If you look at Brees numbers since 2006 when he joined the Saints (5 playoff wins, 2 NFC championship appearances and a Super Bowl victory), and also consider the Saints team history before Brees got there (only one playoff win in their entire history), you can see why he deserves a huge pay day.

    While I agree he deserves compensation on the basis that his past performance will hold up for a few more years, the team’s history is irrelevant. If that were the case, the Packers would be telling Rodgers, “So you won a Super Bowl. Big whoop, we already had 12 NFL Championships before you got here.”

  9. blacknole08 says: Jun 27, 2012 5:30 PM

    uwsptke says: Jun 27, 2012 4:44 PM

    While I agree he deserves compensation on the basis that his past performance will hold up for a few more years, the team’s history is irrelevant.

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    I respectfully disagree. Rodgers inherited a good team and sat on the sideline for 3 years behind Favre.

    No disrespect to him or any of the guys listed, but Brees helped save the Saints from relocating to another city. The Saints have NEVER had a franchise quality QB that puts up the numbers and wins the amount of games on a yearly basis as Brees has done since being apart of the organization.

    In this case, team history has some significance. The Saints would be foolish to not pay him like the best QB in the league (again, not saying he is — he’s top 3 though).

  10. homelanddefense says: Jun 28, 2012 9:15 AM

    “Brady used to spend part of the offseason in California working out on his own, but spent this entire offseason with the Patriots and said the shorter schedule was the reason for the change.”

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    That is partially true. When the Pats were winning superbowls Brady would work out with his teammates in NE all offseason. After he married he started spending time working out on his own. It led a lot of the local fans to question if we was still as dedicated as he was as a younger player.

    The fact that he is around more now, at least in my opinion, if because he realizes he is running out of time and is dedicated to winning another SB before his time is up.

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