Only 12 teams going away from home for training camp

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Teams are beginning to head back to training camp this week.

But for more and more of them, that doesn’t include going anywhere at all.

Only 12 teams are actually leaving their own facilities for camp this year, as the league continues whatever the opposite of an exodus is.

In 2000, only five teams didn’t travel for training camp, but now the ones who leave their own facilities are the anomalies.

The Packers have been doing it forever, heading to St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin for the last 58 years. The Vikings (Mankato State) and Steelers (Saint Vincent College) are in their 50th years at their camp sites.

The other nine teams to go away for the month are the Bills, Colts, Chiefs, Raiders, Panthers, Bears, Cowboys, Saints and Washington.

There are always going to be some owners who view camp as branding opportunities, and coaches who value the time away so their players can concentrate exclusively on football for a few weeks.

But with every passing year, their numbers are dwindling.

71 responses to “Only 12 teams going away from home for training camp

  1. as a fan the camp is always better when its a destination.

    keep it at home and it becomes like a free summer camp for parents to drop their kids off. the kids dont really enjoy it cuz the teams factilities are usually in the city, and got no park to run around in, just gotta wait in the heat and maybe get an autograph from a player they prolly dont know.

    destination is way better, cuz everybodys really excited. the locals are like dannnnggg the whodats are in town. and everybody else just made a trip, so theyre there to try and spot the next big thing.

    If you a whodat u prolly remember the training camps in jackson mississippi at milsapps college? those were the best.
    I remember watching Marques Colston rookie and thinking “this overweight slow bum was a waste of a 7th round pick” – i was wrong!

    hit the road nfl teams, quit being such homebodies

  2. I think teams that stay at home are more focused on football than the ones that leave. I hated the Saints going up to West Virginia at the GreenBriar, for starters training in the weather of South East Louisiana is a great way to get your team into gear. Main reason is I think teams can control what goes on in their own facilities better than what they can control at other places. Not to mention when teams stay home they tend to block their players up in local hotels with team security knowing every nook of said hotel as well as all of the staff.

    Also it’s REDSKINS! (Can’t stand them but their ain’t nothing offensive about the name. The PC foolishness needs to stop before we have a language of 10 words because the others will be deemed offensive)

  3. The Packers going a whopping 13 miles is hardly a road trip – De Pere is a suburb of the Green Bay area.

    actually it is probably closer to the homes of a lot of the veterans.

  4. When Seattle built their VMAC facility and stopped coming to Eastern Washington for training camp, they made a lot of folks mad. But, not mad enough to root for a different team. Go Hawks!

    Also, until they change the name, USE THE TEAM NAME. #Redskins

  5. Lol at all the hurt Washington fans. Your team name is done for, like it or not. It’s just a matter of time.

    Unless you adopt the redskin potato as your logo. But that’s the only way. And maybe move the team to Idaho. The Idaho Redskins. I kinda like it. Got a ring to it. They could have a red field to match Boise State’s blue field.

  6. I love the tradition of going down to Mankato to see Vikings training camp. They’re about to start building a new practice facility so they’ll probably start having training camp there, but I hope they stay in Mankato. It just wouldn’t be the same.

  7. Living in the suburbs between Pittsburgh and St. Vincent College, I was closer to Three Rivers/Heinz field by about 10 miles. However, the trip to Latrobe was quicker and was so much less stressful.

  8. MDRaider says:
    Jul 21, 2015 11:40 AM

    Hail to the Redskins!

    Hail Victory!

    Braves on the Warpath!

    Fight for old Dixie!

    ——————————————————-

    Some Redskins fan you are…. It’s “Fight for old DC”, not Dixie… smh

  9. Darin how would you refer to Red Mesa High if you were reporting on them ?

    You know the high school located on a NAVAJO reservation, and where 99.3 percent of its students are Native American and PROUDLY call themselves Redskins.

  10. If you’re a team owner and in recent years, you’ve dropped 7 (or even 8) figures on a state-of-the-art training facility with every amenity a pro football team could possibly want or need, why would you then spend extra money to send your team to some local college without those facilities to get your team ready for the season?

    You can’t train a tractor-trailer driver in an old Toyota pickup.

  11. This site decided some time ago to avoid using the Washington team’s name unless that name is the topic of discussion and/or being quoted by somebody. How can so many people JUST be noticing now? Not sure what’s worse, noobs or Redskins fans.

  12. Not using the Redskins team name as some sort of protest is crazy. You are on record for having used it your entire life and not putting any sort of malice behind it, but out of fear, your cowardice rises to the surface. I am Native. It offends me that people do not acknowledge the teams name. I am an adult, it is more offensive that you would treat us as children, as if you know what’s better for us than we do, than to actually have the courage to engage us in a dialogue. White liberals man, you pay yourselves on the back thinking you are saving the world when you are actually just ticking everybody off. Smh…

  13. Why are Redskins fans so obsessed over whether people choose to use the team name or not? Stop whining and crying everytime somebody uses “Washington” instead of “Redskins”. You guys complain about PC liberals but to me your constant complaining and crying is just the same!

  14. “Fight for old Dixie”

    Oh, you mean fight for traitors to the United States of America?

  15. deadlevelbest says:Jul 21, 2015 12:05 PM

    We got a lot of confederate flag supporters in here, I see.

    You mean the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia? Probably ought to know your flags before you start talking about them.

  16. The packers don’t leave, the players stay in a dorm but use the packer facilities. After about 2 weeks the players can go back to their homes/condos/ apartments but report to Lambeau field for training camp. They ride the kids’ bikes to pratice from Lambeau to the practice fields every practice during training camp. A great tradition.

  17. “You guys complain about PC liberals but to me your constant complaining and crying is just the same!”
    ________________________
    Some of us aren’t sheep and are tired of our rights and choices being made for us.

  18. Bills have a great camp site that is fun for the whole family. Great way to spend a morning or afternoon.

  19. The Packers facility and practice fields are right across from Lambeau Field.
    The players stay at the dorms of St. Norbert. so, they really don’t travel anywhere.

  20. Yes yes by all means lets shout a racist term over and over as justification for keeping it.

  21. Redskins camp is always fun. Will be nice to see all of the new faces being brought in.

  22. stillers213 says:
    Jul 21, 2015 1:20 PM
    “You guys complain about PC liberals but to me your constant complaining and crying is just the same!”
    ________________________
    Some of us aren’t sheep and are tired of our rights and choices being made for us.
    —————————-
    LOL. Anytime someone uses the term “sheep”, you know they’re in way over their head.

    Could you be more dramatic? Your “rights and choices” are being made for you because some journalists are choosing to not use the word “Redskins”?

    Did you even read what you wrote? Look. I get it, it’s silly that liberals are trying to get the term to change. As a liberal myself, I still use the term and will continue to use it.

    But nobody is violating any rights what-so-ever. Nobody is telling YOU that YOU can’t say it. They are just making a personal choice not to or are suggesting that it’s a racist term and that you shouldn’t say it.

    You do realize the difference between someone telling you something you shouldn’t do and when someone is telling you something you can’t do, right?

  23. …..and the Redskins train in Richmond, Virginia, the one-time capital city of the Confederate States of America. Oh the horror!!!

  24. must be rough to have to spend time in wine country. I wonder if the will be going to twentyfour winery at all.

  25. Why are Redskins fans so obsessed over whether people choose to use the team name or not? Stop whining and crying everytime somebody uses “Washington” instead of “Redskins”. You guys complain about PC liberals but to me your constant complaining and crying is just the same!
    *************************
    Nope just ABSOLUTELY sick of a small handful of Politically correct people and media deciding for EVERYONE else what is or is not acceptable, moral, offensive, and forcing policies, behaviors and mores on Americans.

    So, I’m not surprised to your significantly ignorant ears and mind that their complaints are the “same” because you simply don’t get it and never will.

  26. @VikesRule

    I’m agreeing with a Vikings fan… it’s a weird day.

    Ironic how people are trumpeting “free speech” in criticism of someone exercising their own. Hypocrites.

  27. LOL. Anytime someone uses the term “sheep”, you know they’re in way over their head.

    Could you be more dramatic? Your “rights and choices” are being made for you because some journalists are choosing to not use the word “Redskins”?
    “But nobody is violating any rights what-so-ever. Nobody is telling YOU that YOU can’t say it. They are just making a personal choice not to or are suggesting that it’s a racist term and that you shouldn’t say it.”
    ________________________
    Tell that to Snyder who is being pressured by the media and the government to satisfy a minority of PC police. They’re bullying him through the press and the government is removing his trademark. Meanwhile, the vast majority of Native Americans have no problem with the name. Again, the liberal politicians find a small group of Native Americans (who probably contribute to their campaign) to agree with them which is not representative of the Native American population. So basically, Snyder’s rights are being violated. And yes, you are a sheep because you don’t question the idiotic movements in our society. Just keep your head in the sand buddy and let the small minority dictate what’s right and wrong in this country. The thumbs up indicates to me all I need to know about which side of the topic is the minority. LOL as you say. The joke is you.

  28. mushroomcloudlayin

    Please EXPLAIN how creating LAWS against referring to a team that had a name for over 50 years and is now SUDDENLY immoral and illegal is in “criticism” of someone exercising “their own”.

    People opposing the Redskins name and making Laws against using it are not simply having an opinion or “exercising free speech.” They are imposing their standards and limitations on others.

    Sorry if that escapes you…

  29. “People opposing the Redskins name and making Laws against using it are not simply having an opinion or “exercising free speech.” They are imposing their standards and limitations on others.”
    _______________
    Well said, my friend. These are the same people who are OK with removing the Pledge of Allegiance from schools and foreign students trying to remove the American flag from campuses. It’s OK though because it’s a free country, right? When the majority no longer rules it is no longer a democracy. I don’t know how to make it any more clear than that. Perhaps I should draw it with crayons.

  30. Hey liberals,

    If the word redskin offends you, just isolate yourself in your house and don’t dare watch tv or listen to your radio. The world is full of meanies who will hurt your feelings.

  31. stillers213 says:
    Jul 21, 2015 4:08 PM

    “People opposing the Redskins name and making Laws against using it are not simply having an opinion or “exercising free speech.” They are imposing their standards and limitations on others.”
    _______________
    Well said, my friend. These are the same people who are OK with removing the Pledge of Allegiance from schools and foreign students trying to remove the American flag from campuses. It’s OK though because it’s a free country, right? When the majority no longer rules it is no longer a democracy. I don’t know how to make it any more clear than that. Perhaps I should draw it with crayons.
    ________________________________

    Bust out the crayons, your argument is hypocritical. The Pledge did not contain “under god” initially and that was forced upon the American public in 1954 by conservatives to “impose their standards and limitations on others” due to their fear of Communism. I am neither liberal nor conservative, I am simply rational. The Redskins name should stay.

  32. 2ruefan

    You’re projecting. How does Gantt using “Washington” in an article impose anything on you whatsoever. There’s no mention of a law passed (and other than an copywriter license – which is not a law – I’m not aware of any law that has been passed anyway) and no judgement placed on people who say Redskin. You’re aggressively inferring.

    If anything, your insistence that he say Redskin is YOU imposing YOUR values on him. Like I said… Hypocrite.

  33. 2ruefan

    You’re projecting. How does Gantt using “Washington” in an article impose anything on you whatsoever. There’s no mention of a law passed (and other than an copywriter license – which is not a law – I’m not aware of any law that has been passed anyway) and no judgement placed on people who say Redskin. You’re aggressively inferring.

    If anything, your insistence that he say Redskin is YOU imposing YOUR values on him. Like I said… Hypocrite.

  34. Nobody forced anyone to add “under god” in 1954. It was voted on and enacted democratically as it should be in this country. Also, in 1954 the majority of our population was way, way more religious than now. Again, it was opposed by a very tiny minority, but majority won out. You are foolish to believe that people felt forced to utter those words in 1954. Are you kidding me?

  35. “There’s no mention of a law passed (and other than an copywriter license – which is not a law – I’m not aware of any law that has been passed anyway) and no judgement placed on people who say Redskin. You’re aggressively inferring. ”
    ________________________
    A FEDERAL judge ordered the removal of the Redskins trademark. smh

  36. purplelegend84 says: Jul 21, 2015 12:18 PM

    MDRaider says:
    Jul 21, 2015 11:40 AM

    Hail to the Redskins!

    Hail Victory!

    Braves on the Warpath!

    Fight for old Dixie!

    ——————————————————-

    Some Redskins fan you are…. It’s “Fight for old DC”, not Dixie… smh

    routemkr77 says: Jul 21, 2015 12:28 PM

    Hey MD Raider….

    It is fight for Old DC.

    Not Dixie

    Check your history roodipoos. Between 1959 and 1961 it was Old Dixie.

    Thus endeth the lesson…

  37. stillers213 says:
    Jul 21, 2015 1:20 PM
    “You guys complain about PC liberals but to me your constant complaining and crying is just the same!”
    ________________________
    Some of us aren’t sheep and are tired of our rights and choices being made for us.

    That’s your problem if you let others make choices for you and it makes you a sheep.

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