Other than the people who make the money (and thus, the decisions), it’s hard to find people who like the idea of pushing the NFL Draft back two weeks.
But Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he’s changing his schedule because he’s afraid of hurting the guys he picks this week.
“It takes away an opportunity for the rookies because now once they can actually come here for our offseason program they begin after the draft this week,” Lewis said, via Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “As far as teaching goes it’s a great progression to have an opportunity for them to come and spend time at a rookie camp, have an opportunity to go home for a bit and absorb what they got exposed to and then come back with the other players and to have the second time around. To me that’s a much better teaching progression so then they get it again a third time when we go to training camp so they can get things locked down.
“We are kind of skipping a step of that now because there is no reason to bring those guys in next week and then overwork them the next weekend because they are going to be the first guys that have all the soft tissue injuries. So we are going to skip that step in the process here.”
Lewis said in lieu of bringing the rookies in immediately, he wanted to take more time to get them with position coaches, to ease their transition to the NFL game.
As much as anything, coaches are creatures of habit. So whenever someone messes with their routine, they’re going to react with hesitance.