Cause it makes me sick. About working them ‘too hard’ in camp.
Are you kidding me?
The incomparable Walter Payton made 650 K in 1985. For some of today’s players, that's a ONE week game check (out of sixteen). Some two weeks. Prices haven't risen that much in 25 years.
Cost of a new home in 1985: $100,800. A gallon of gas? ($1.20) A gallon of milk? ($2.26)
(Hell, Jason McKie made more in 2008 than what Walter made back then). Jason McKie should never make more than the greatest Bear of them all, no matter what century he plays in).
These guys are making a ton of money to play the game of football. Don’t baby them about ‘working too hard.’
But the game has changed GeoMak. Don't you know that? (Yeah. I do. They make too much money now and many (certainly not all by a long shot,) are way too soft.
Ever notice how, when some of these guys cash a lottery size signing bonus paycheck, that their game tails off?
Lendale White, in a contract year, just dropped 30 pounds by not chugging tequila anymore. I'll give the guy credit for honesty but, are you kidding me? Was chugging tequila part of your workout routine?
Toughness involves both physical toughness and mental toughness. Vince Lombardi toughened up his players both physically and mentally when he took over the sadack Packers. He had to. They sucked.
He turned them into a dynasty, in large part, because of the way he ‘toughened’ up his players. He was an accomplished offensive mind in his day and that too was a factor, but toughness came first.
What’s Bob Brenly say about baseball? "You can always hustle. You might be having a tough time at the plate or in the field, but you can always hustle your ass off."
Same thing with being both physically and mentally tough in football. That’s just attitude.
In his first team meeting, Lombardi said "Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it because nothing is perfect, But we are going to relentlessly chase it because in the process we will catch excellence. I am not remotely in being just good."
Then he went out and rode them like dogs (he closed the country club at camp).
Phil Simms has been playing and broadcasting football for almost 35 years. As a broadcaster he spends most of his time watching tape and talking to players and coaches. You may or may not like him, but all he knows is football.
In Super Bowl XXI, Simms set SB records for consecutive completions (10), completion percentage (88%) and QB rating (150.9)
Simms, in his book written in 2004 (not in 1984), says this:
"If I had to cite the one factor that determines the winner in the NFL, it would be the team that is winning the physical battle."
"An old coach of mine once said, ‘It just comes down to which teams big guys are going to beat up the other team’s big guys to give the small guys a chance to have success.’"
"As much as we all like to talk about what wins and loses in football, how much the game has changed, how much time coaches invest in drawing up all those wonderful plays, it still just comes down to this: Which team is hitting the other one harder? Twenty years from now, that’s still going to determine who is going to win football games."
"As a QB, I knew when my line was winning the physical battle without even having to think about it. The space I had in which to throw the football told me everything. . . Interceptions thrown by a QB almost always result from a lack of time."
Anyone that watched the 2006 Bears Super Bowl (not the ‘85 Bears) saw one thing:
The Bear defensive line being manhandled by the supposedly finesse, indoor, warm weather, Indianapolis Colt offensive line. Had a lot to do with the Bears giving up 191 yards of rushing (almost double their total in the regular season) and just one sack.
There is no substitute for physical and mental toughness in the NFL, and that starts every year in camp.
BTW: Injuries? Please. They happen in the NFL. Dan Marino started 145 consecutive games before he tore his achilles tendon in 1993. Did he get hit by a huge lineman? Not really. He wasn't touched. It happened while planting his right foot (something he'd done a million times before) as he was making a ten yard completion.