03.Apr.2014 Spring Practice Report
Thanks to member “Bone”:
Another day with no pads and just helmets, so again there was no interaction between the offense and the defense. So for me at least, it is difficult to make a judgment on which players are standing out and who is not performing well, because pretty much everyone looks like a good player without pads and going against air. So today I decided to pay close attention to John Garrett to kind of get a feel for how he coaches and how he is different or similar to Langsdorf.
My first impression was that his coaching style is more similar to Brennen than Langs. Garrett brings a little more energy to the practice, not as much as Brennen, but noticeably more so than Langsdorf. Will his energy have a better effect than Langs? Time will tell. But I liked the energy and I am sure the players like it also.
Practice was very similar to what it has been in the past with a couple of small changes.
- Offensive players whenever they caught a pass or received a hand off, finished their runs all the way to the end zone, and all the players that were involved in the play went and celebrated the touchdown. Garrett got on a couple of linemen who did not run the whole way there.
- The term “Chin” was probably the term that was probably yelled the most often. Wanting the player to really keep the ball high and tight.
- A couple time, the offensive huddle to re-break the huddle to be a little crisper and quicker to the line of scrimmage. Possibly a little hurry-up action.
- The overall tempo of practice was a little quicker than I have seen in the past. But there would still be breaks in the action to have some teaching moments.
- Another change is the 15 minute ball security circuit. Position groups rotated to different stations and participated in various ball security drills. These drill aren’t new, I have seen these same drills or slight variations of the drill in previous practices I have attended, However, the 15 minute circuit is something I haven’t seen. THEY DO AND HAVE PRACTICED BALL SECURITY.
Quarterbacks were one position that was fairly easy to break down was quarterbacks. Mannion is head and shoulders above the rest—Stronger and more accurate arm, better command at the line of scrimmage. Del Rio has a nice quick release like, much like Cody Vaz had, I think Del Rio may have the quickest feet out of the quarterback. He was a little inaccurate and missed some receivers, most likely due to lack of chemistry and familiarity with the playbook/receivers. I liked his arm better than Vanderveen and Kempt, but needs time to get better acclimated with team and playbook.
Good to see players like Garrett Weinreich, Roman Sapolu, Michael Doctor, and DJ back practicing. Hamlet and Isaac did not practice today, but each of them stayed very engaged in the drills and offering advice to players. Brandin Cooks and Brandon Hardin were both spectators at practice today, Cooks looks to have added a little muscle from when he was suiting up for the orange & black.
No sign of Peko at practice today (although didn’t see much of the defensive side today).