Practiced in Johnny U today, on the new turf. Another scorcher. I’m very impressed with how well the players are handling the conditions – kudos to them and the entire training staff.
Long day. Funny how I only notice it around now – bedtime – so much energy and adrenaline pumping all day. Stop to breathe for a second and then the “tired” grabs me. I’m 43 and have aches & pains on my aches and pains…back, right ankle, right hip, left hammy…blah, blah, blah. They nag away in the background and when the day is done…they SCREAM for attention. Maybe it’s a good thing for all the strong young bucks to see an old man (me) pushing…honor the game…love the game…be in the moment…keep it moving.
I had a chance to zone in and learn from two terrific coaches today. Always a pleasure to watch OL coach John Donatelli work. When Coach Donatelli opens his mouth – his words matter. Look into the eyes of the TU OL’men…for sure you’ll see the “spark of Donatelli”, staring back at you. Sign of a great coach and mentor. I think I’m the 3rd oldest coach on the entire staff, with coach Donatelli being an elder statesman (along with DL coach Rubin Carter)…make no mistake, Donatelli can leave me in the dust.
I sat in on the DB’s mtg tonight. Figured I’d take advantage of a chance to listen and learn from a solid young coach – Brian Fleury – who works with the Safeties. Since the first time I sat in on one of coach Fleurys Special Teams mtg’s, I’ve been impressed with his ability to communicate complicated structures, concepts and systems with true ease. He’s a solid teacher of the game and his kids listen. I need to learn more about secondary/safety play – no better place to start than in coach Fleurys room.
I’m looking forward to sitting in, when I can, and learning from our new DL coach – former NFL great – Rubin Carter.
If you want to know more about today’s practice or find out more about coach Carter…
We’re on the field at 8:15a tomorrow…hydrate, sleep, rinse, repeat.