Cardinals strength coach Buddy Morris offers honest reply to first day

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The Cardinals opened their offseason program yesterday, and the man in charge of it said that without a doubt, it wasn’t the worst thing he had ever seen in his life.

But Cardinals strength coach Buddy Morris said it was by no means the best, either.

In the early leader for best strength coach quote of the season, Morris offered a blunt assessment of the work he saw from the players who arrived for the first day of voluntary work.

“Today was a good day for us,” Morris said, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “It wasn’t great. It wasn’t average. I saw some great things. I saw some things that make me want to go home and drink heavily.”

Morris was originally hired by Bruce Arians, so who knows, this might have been part of the plan.

Strength coaches are, by nature, an eccentric sort (Morris apparently doesn’t like wearing shoes). But he said it’s hard to gauge what kind of shape players will be in when they arrive.

Asked what would potentially send him to the bottle early, he replied: “Seeing some of our skill guys dragging. Fatigue is always going to be a factor in everything. I’m not a fan of personal terrorists. Everybody knows that.”

That’s his shorthand for personal trainers, and he’s not always sure they’re helping players to be ready for his program, particularly when the highlights of the workouts seem designed to show off on social media.

“I’m to the point now I’d rather have (players) do nothing because you’ve got to correct everything,” he said. “Also, not a fan of social media. It’s ruined this country. So when my guys walk into their personal terrorist, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram. That stuff is ridiculous.”

Welcome back, football.

15 responses to “Cardinals strength coach Buddy Morris offers honest reply to first day

  1. Athletes trying to train like bodybuilders because they don’t know any better. That’s why we have real strength and conditioning coaches to bebunk trainers who have no idea what they’re talking about. Trainers like Tom Brady’s who instructs their clients not to squat. That sort of nonsense.

  2. Should have made them all take a drug test. That would have been funny, they wouldn’t have been able to field a team on week one.

  3. “Strength coaches are, by nature, an eccentric sort”
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    This is NOT ACCURATE.

    GREAT strength and conditioning professionals are organized, blunt, direct,
    intense, optimistic, selfless individuals who are very short on time.

  4. Social media is like lots of other technology: there is amazing positive potential but it’s mostly used for narcissistic, shallow nonsense.

  5. ” That’s why we have real strength and conditioning coaches to bebunk trainers who have no idea what they’re talking about”

    They’re just personal trainers as well for a group of people. Having the title of Strength & Conditioning coach doesn’t always mean that they’re good either.

  6. I don’t get why people who are paid the kind of money pro football players are paid can’t be required to work year-round. Sure, give them vacation time like people working other jobs, but if they’re never away from their job for more than a few weeks at a time, they probably would stay in better shape for football. When you have guys coming in who haven’t been near the team for almost three months, of course they’re going to be out of shape.

  7. I don’t get why people who make the kind of money pro football team owners do can’t be required to guarantee player contracts. Only pro sports league that doesn’t.

  8. This dude’s not wrong, but he does sound like he’s got a major chip on his shoulder, which must make him a real sweetheart to work with, ya know? He could probably get better results — and let’s face it, the results coming out of that particular training room haven’t been great –if he tried implementing the same exact training philosophy without being so salty.

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