Patriots scrapped final two OTA days, again

AP

Coaches like Bill Belichick complained in March about not having enough time to work with players. And they also like to voluntarily relinquish some of the time that they have to work with players.

The Patriots canceled their final two OTA sessions for 2019. That’s 20 percent of their available Phase III offseason workouts.

It’s not the first time the Pats have done this; they did the same thing last year. It’s nevertheless hard to reconcile the desire to have more practice time with the decision to give up some of the practice time that a coach has.

It could be that coaches will always give their players a reward in the form of shortening the work cycle, regardless of how long the work cycle is. Regardless, it’s hard to take very seriously the complaints that coaches don’t have enough time to prepare their players for the coming season when they don’t use all the time they have.

19 responses to “Patriots scrapped final two OTA days, again

  1. Having two more sessions now vs spaced out is a big difference. Plus belichick is notorious for incentive based concessions meaning the players must have earned the extra two sessions off

  2. Maybe has to do with type of practice. I believe no pads and contact in OTA. Maybe BB wants more practice time when they are allowed more game like practice… Especially during joint practice sessions with other teams.

  3. Yeah, go ahead and continue to question Bill’s methods. I mean, representing the AFC in the last three Superbowls, and winning two of them, he must have absolutely no idea how to manage OTA’s, minicamps, training camps et. al. smh……

  4. This is part of team building. They do it every yr. Whether they go to a movie, bowling, a Red Sox game, whatever, it’s every bit as important as passing camp.

  5. The real competition and evaluation starts at the end of July, when the pads start crackin.

  6. Well he has earned it. Say what you will. Six Super Bowls out of nine SB appearances. Who can blame him?! Record does say enough for itself.

  7. Teams should be able to sell/trade OTA or mandatory camp days…..I bet some teams would love having another day or two to help evaluate or help with player orientation.

  8. Kraft has been charged with a crime of solicitation of prostitution. Kraft then went on record to publicly apologize to his family and fans for his actions. Hence a defacto admission of guilt.
    If the NFL. According to NFL policy, owners are to be held to a higher standard than players. Does not suspend creepie Kraft and suspends hill who was not charged with a crime. The nflpa will take the NFL to court. By not suspending Kraft will open a big can of worms

  9. The actions of intelligent and super-successful people often look “crazy” to those that don’t understand what they are seeing or can’t comprehend the purpose behind them. It’s normal.

  10. It takes a few day to get all the paperwork in order. What paperwork you ask? The paperwork for the new superbowl rings, silly. Their is the insurance, safety deposit boxes, appraisals.. So much is involved, it’s not like putting a participation trophy on a shelf.

  11. Much different than coaches’ access to rookies in between the draft and OTAs, giving them instruction, being available to answer questions and guide off-site learning, training.

  12. madmannkc says:
    June 10, 2019 at 9:53 pm
    Kraft has been charged with a crime of solicitation of prostitution. Kraft then went on record to publicly apologize to his family and fans for his actions. Hence a defacto admission of guilt.
    If the NFL. According to NFL policy, owners are to be held to a higher standard than players. Does not suspend creepie Kraft and suspends hill who was not charged with a crime. The nflpa will take the NFL to court. By not suspending Kraft will open a big can of worms
    —————
    Translation: ……I’m still hurt

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