Foster’s case shows why players won’t go back to more intense training camps


Fret not, Texans fans.  Based on Arian Foster’s most recent comments, he’ll be ready to go when Houston launches the 2013 season two weeks from tonight as the back end of the annual Monday night doubleheader.

Of course, Foster and the Texans have developed a bad habit lately of overstating his readiness, from Foster’s effort to downplay a calf strain suffered during offseason workouts, to the continuous stream of dates on which Foster would return to practice but didn’t, eventually due to a back problem.

I’m fine,’” Foster tells Peter King of  “My body feels great.  I actually think all this time [off] might help. . . .

“You ask any player:  ‘How’d you enjoy the lockout season?’  Great time.  You had a chance to train without [having to] practice every day.  When you got back to training camp, everyone felt fresh.  That’s exactly how I feel right now.  Over the past couple of months, I had the chance to just train and rehab and work on my body and didn’t have all those carries in training camp.  Even during camp, I got a long rest [because of the back injury].  It’s usually a grind.  Now I feel fresh.  I feel rejuvenated.”

Consider those words in conjunction with the hand-wringing from team management types who will blame everything from the rash of ACL tears to global warming on the reduction in offseason workouts and training-camp intensity.  Even if the Competition Committee spots a trend connecting increased injuries to decreased practice reps, players never will see more work as being in their collective best interests.

So unless the owners want to give the players an even bigger piece of the cash pie, the current arrangement will remain through the 2020 season, when the now-two-year-old labor deal expires.  Even then, the players won’t agree to engage in more work without more money.  While coaches and General Managers may see that as a good deal, the men who write the checks won’t.

15 responses to “Foster’s case shows why players won’t go back to more intense training camps

  1. I personally suspect that Egypt’s current political instability has something to do with the lack of offseason workouts.

  2. Probably got tired of hearing JJ Watt yell “SHUT YOU DOWN!” after every play, so he just decided to sit and watch from the sidelines…

  3. When the so-called “experts” think a player is going to have a down year (Adrian Peterson last year)… they end of having a monster season.

    This is Arian Fosters year/chance to show everyone why he belongs in the conversation for top RB of all time. Foster has a passion for the game you just can’t teach. He has so much heart and a huge chip on his shoulder every year from the naysayers/doubters.

  4. Other than making money for less work, can anyone point to a single thing that has been beneficial from fewer and less intense practices?

    Just as many players are injured and it seems the level of season-ending injuries has increased.

    Teams do not seem as crisp as they should be.

    Compare games from the middle of the season to those in the beginning and you will likely find better timing and better execution on both sides of the ball.

    There have been obvious conditioning issues with many players in training camps and several did not seem to be in “football shape” until week 3 or so.

    With fewer practices and limitations placed on how they can practice coaches are forced to concentrate on concepts/schemes/plays at the expense of some fundamental repetitive training type things. As a result, tackling technique is poor and injuries/fines are more common. (Tackling has been declining for years and cannot be solely blamed on fewer practices)

    No issues though because at least the guys are able to get their money for less time, less sweat, less effort. Hmm, that seems to be a major purpose of a union. In some areas they are beneficial, but this just isn’t one of them

  5. racerx1225 says:
    Aug 26, 2013 10:46 AM
    The earth is cooling.
    Yes it is, it’s been cooling for quite some time now.

    That’s why those liars changed their agenda to “Climate Change”, it’s a much safer term.

  6. Evolution is also a fairy tale. Just like the bible is a childrens book. I mean look at cats, they’ve been around for a while and they’re still cats. We didn’t come from some damn monkey are you serious?

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