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Thursday, May 08, 2008

April 8-- Live from Bristol

Hey everyone.. So I'm settling in here at the ESPN headquarters in lovely Bristol CT.. In case you were curious, you won't see me on air for a few more weeks.. But I'll keep ypu posted when that day is coming..

So I'm reading about the Skins mini-camp this weekend (weird because I never really needed to read about the team) and I'm getting the impression that the Z-Man might have been a little underestimated in regard to his training regimen..

I found it strange that a new coach would not take advatange of all the available practice days allotted. New coaches are privy to extra off-season practices then returning coaches but Jim Zorn declined, likely for numerous reasons. His team has five pre-season games so he will get an extra week to ten days of actual training camp. He also was as surprised as the rest of us to be named head coach, so the lost time preparaing for practice might have affected his decision.

That said, here's the impression I got from talking to some folks in Ashburn, this guy's practices are going to be a little rougher then first expected. In turn, Antwaan Randle-El suffers a knee injury and has surgery, Clinton Portis is sitting out a practice with a hip injury (not a surprise considering his disdain for practicing especially this time of year) and Jason Campbell did so many reps in a new crouched position he slightly pulled his hamstring. The last is obviously the most disconcerting. If the quarterback is uncomfortable (obviously since he pulled a major muscle) to what length does that affect his overall mechanics. Campbell is a tall guy, they can't make him shorter so maybe they need to work with him as he is instead of trying to change how he does it.. But I defer to Zorn on this one and assume it's just a minor setback in what will be the hopeful growth of Campbell, but that news was troublesome to say the least.

Zorn's practices were desribed to me as vigorous, so we'll see how that plays and what the carryover effect is cpme June and into camp..

OK men

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Blogger Alex Chilton said...

Haven't forgotten about us yet huh?

Let me pick on you for a second though..
"Campbell is a tall guy, they can't make him shorter so maybe they need to work with him as he is instead of trying to change how he does it.. But I defer to Zorn on this one "
Just a TAD presumptuous of you - unless you have a 20 year coaching career on top of a playing career that you haven't told us about!
Plus, a hamstring pull is more likely caused by his over lengthening of that muscle - like when you sprint, rather than when you crouch and release it. Excesive crouching most likely would cause a quadricep injury. The most likely scenario in my mind is that he pulled it while running hard somehow.

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