Once once more this spring, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni opted to go together with a lighter, extra player-friendly set of OTAs than Birds’ teams had in years handed. When gamers gathered at the starting of the month for these low season exercises, Philadelphia was one among simply two teams to carry as few as six practices, in addition to no obligatory minicamp this spring.
Sirianni might have had as many as 13 practices over 4 weeks — 10 voluntary practices with a three-day obligatory minicamp, however selected to scale it again much more as a way to keep away from accidents.
Critics argue the lack of contact and time on the area will go away gamers unprepared when the common season bell rings, particularly now that the majority starters merely do no play in preseason video games. Add in a seventeenth recreation throughout the common season and a few fear it’s simply too little low season work.
It’s a stark distinction to 2 different teams of their division — the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Commanders — each of whom had been fined and disciplined for violating OTA guidelines outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Dallas coach Mike McCarthy was fined $100,000 for operating a follow that was deemed “too physical.”
For the second straight 12 months Mike McCarthy was fined by the NFL for having practices that had been deemed too bodily, based on proprietor Jerry Jones. After being fined $50,000 final 12 months, McCarthy was docked $100,000 and the Cowboys have misplaced an organized crew exercise for 2023.
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) June 16, 2022
No one exterior the Cowboys is aware of precisely what it was the NFL deemed “too physical,” however as Blogging the Boys noted lately, there was an altercation between gamers throughout one follow session.
For what it’s price, there was a latest report of rookie defensive sort out John Ridgeway stepping into it with second-year offensive sort out Josh Ball. Perhaps that’s what set off alarms for the NFL as a complete.
Meanwhile down in DC, head coach Ron Rivera was also fined $100,000 and the crew has misplaced two OTA periods subsequent 12 months in consequence. Last week, Rivera angrily ranted at his gamers after a success by security Jeremy Reaves on WR Dyami Brown.
We all learn about the Reaves hit. Forrest rocked Harmon at one level too. Overall, that physicality prices the Commanders money and reps (in 2023) https://t.co/Aw2cu6kWQM
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Brown stayed down on the area for a couple of minutes however was in any other case OK, a fortunate break for the Commanders.
As for the Giants, new head coach Brian Daboll seems, like Sirianni, to be erring on the facet of warning with regard to forgoing pads and speak to, however carried out 10 OTA practices in all, a handful extra than the Eagles.
The Eagles are banking on fewer OTAs and lighter practices with out pads will assist them keep away from conditions like this and, in consequence, they don’t run the threat of getting fined or dropping OTAs subsequent season. Rivera and McCarthy are old-school coaches and are unlikely to vary the manner they deal with the low season anytime quickly, and it stays to be seen if one methodology is healthier than the different.
It’s simply fascinating the divergent paths the Eagles have taken from two of their different rivals in the division.
For extra division dialogue, take a look at the newest episode of The NFC East Mixtape.