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NFLPA President JC Tretter calls for permanent end of offseason programs


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https://sports.yahoo.com/nflpa-president-jc-tretter-wants-to-end-offseason-practices-including-minicamps-and-ot-as-191216555.html
 

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We are the only major sports league with an offseason program. The most physically demanding sport is the only league that brings their players back for extra practices outside of the season. The argument in favor of these offseason practices is based on the assumption that players need reps during OTAs to develop and learn while teams need the practices to gel. Yet, the lack of OTAs this year demonstrated that those theories aren’t substantiated. New and first-year head coaches had success. Newly assembled teams had success. Rookies stepped in and played at a high level all across the league.

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1 minute ago, pwny said:

What your quote says in the article to me is ridiculous. This sport is the only one that plays 16 games a year, 1 a week while other sports play 2-3 times a week for several months and then they have just as long playoffs so for him to argue that we should then have to look at other aspects of it. I think players are getting more injured as of recent because of the main focus of shorter off seasons. I think the wear and tear on the body is harsher by a quicker offseason then a longer one where you can take one step at a time to ease your way in to full strength. Not to mention that he is in favor of the 1%'ers in the league what about the 90 man roster in which fringe players are desperate to show they can make it at the pro level, you do not get that opportunity with a shorter offseason. It is not necessary about gelling its about easing your players back to the physicality that is demanded and you just cant sit home eating burgers and then go out and play 60 minutes while you can do that with Baseball. 

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We are the only major sports league with an offseason program. The most physically demanding sport is the only league that brings their players back for extra practices outside of the season. The argument in favor of these offseason practices is based on the assumption that players need reps during OTAs to develop and learn while teams need the practices to gel. Yet, the lack of OTAs this year demonstrated that those theories aren’t substantiated. New and first-year head coaches had success. Newly assembled teams had success. Rookies stepped in and played at a high level all across the league.

NBA has offseason, MLB has spring training. Are those not the equivalent of the NFL Preseason?

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Baseball and basketball are far different from football in a sense that you can condition yourself during the offseason for those sports but you can’t condition yourself for the impact of hitting that takes place on a regular basis.(ie getting in football shape) 

And as @soflbillsfan eludes to this is another case of the player’s association talking for the high profile players and not the rest of the players who make up most of the teams rosters. 

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43 minutes ago, pwny said:
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We are the only major sports league with an offseason program. The most physically demanding sport is the only league that brings their players back for extra practices outside of the season. The argument in favor of these offseason practices is based on the assumption that players need reps during OTAs to develop and learn while teams need the practices to gel. Yet, the lack of OTAs this year demonstrated that those theories aren’t substantiated. New and first-year head coaches had success. Newly assembled teams had success. Rookies stepped in and played at a high level all across the league.

This is... kind of a good point. 

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38 minutes ago, ramssuperbowl99 said:

This is... kind of a good point. 

It's also a tiny sample size.

The gradual decline of OL play over the last decade that coincides with practices being slowly cut back could suggest that more practice is needed, not less. 

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Seems like negotiation posturing to me, especially with the 17th game being added.  Wonder if he expects players to play less when the salary cap goes down next season.

 

And the idea that mini camps (sans contact) are a bad thing should be mitigated by the extremely high  number of injuries this season.

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4 minutes ago, drd23 said:

It's also a tiny sample size.

The gradual decline of OL play over the last decade that coincides with practices being slowly cut back could suggest that more practice is needed, not less. 

I would say they need to be able to expand contact practices in the preseason. but not in spring mini camps

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