The news that the NFL players are asking the owners to agree to eliminate two-a-days isn’t being welcomed by every player.
Jets linebacker Bart Scott says players who are advocating the elimination of two-a-days aren’t being committed to player safety. They’re being wimps.
“I think it’s wimping out; making football more soft,” Scott said told the Star-Ledger. “No reason to try and make camp easy.”
Scott thinks the way to bring out the best in football players is to push them to the limit, and proposals to cut down on practices will change that.
“I get concerned you’re making football players weaker because you don’t push them past that threshold,” Scott said. “I get concerned with the same thing with the quarterback stuff, that they turn it into flag football; they turn it into little pansy stuff.”
Scott thinks the tried and true tradition of two practices a day in the summer is the way football is supposed to be.
“Two-a-days, it’s what football is all about,” he said. “It’s about endurance, pain, will, putting yourself through something when your body is telling you it doesn’t want to go. Your mind controlling your body. That’s what camp is all about. With one-a-days, guys might not be in as good of shape as they would have been. Camp tears you down, and then a smart coach starts pulling back in enough time that allows players’ bodies to build back up.”