Fedora: "I think their heads are smoking right now"
Larry Fedora and the staff have almost completed their planned offensive and defensive installations for the spring, and Fedora says the new pace has the players heads smoking.
“I think their heads are smoking right now. We’ve had four days of install and we’re throwing everything at them. I think their effort has been really good. Their attitude has been great and their working extremely hard. There’s a lot of frustration and that’s a good thing.
Quarterback Bryn Renner says the pace has been "beyond words", but according to Fedora they're operating at about a 6 on a scale of 1-10.
Fedora said that they have most of their spring installation in at this point, and the rest of the practices will be spent re-teaching things and installing a few things as they go.
We'll get a firsthand look at the tempo at the Tar Heels spring game, set for April 14.
Spring hype video at Jacksonville State
The video guys at Jacksonville State put together an impressive highlight of their spring practices.
This one will get your blood pumping. There's a good mix of team drills, and scrimmage clips. Very well done all around.
Saints release official statement
Just a little while ago, the New Orleans Saints released an official statement regarding the NFL's penalties.
The full statement from the organization can be read below.
Today, Commissioner Goodell apprised us of the severe penalties facing our club, as proposed by the NFL.
We recognize our fans’ concerns and we regret the uncertainty this episode has created for them. We are humbled by the support our organization has received from our fans today in the wake of this announcement, and we ask them to continue to stand with us, as they have done in the past, when both our team and our city have overcome greater adversities.
To our fans, the NFL and the rest of our league, we offer our sincere apology and take full responsibility for these serious violations.
It has always been the goal of the New Orleans Saints to create a model franchise and to impact our league in a positive manner.
There is no place for bounties in our league and we reiterate our pledge that this will never happen again.
Skip Holtz impressed with day 1
From the looks of it, Skip Holtz couldn't be much happier with how things went in their first spring practice.
Holtz said that new defensive coordinator Chris Cosh was very accommodating to the idea of keeping the defensive structure and lingo from last season. A large reason for that was because they both believed it was much easier for Cosh to learn it, than to teach 50 guys something brand new, and Holtz says Cosh has learned it in a hurry.
Holtz comments multiple times how impressed he is with the work ethic, leadership and attitude of this years team.
Mack Brown not happy with new helmet rule
Mack Brown and the rest of the Texas staff met with officials yesterday to talk about the new rule changes for the fall, and left with a few complaints, starting with the new helmet rule.
The new helmet rule states that if a player loses his helmet during a play, he must sit out the next play, and depending on the situation, the play may be stopped, or the player without his helmet may not be allowed to continue playing.
As Mack explains "If I'm a defensive end rushing the passer, supposedly I can rush him, but quarterback steps up, I can't continue to rush or it's a penalty, if you lose your helmet, you have to come out of the game for a play, regardless. So, your quarterback could lose his helmet on the next to the last play of the game and he's out for the last play. And also if you lose your helmet within the last minutes of the half at the end of the game, you can have the 10-second runoff rule."
The bottom line is that Brown thinks that more coaches should have input before the rules take effect. He explains that as it sits today, nine coaches from all different divisions meet with a committee to make the rule changes.
"I really wish we would have more input instead of just being told, because we didn't even understand some of these until yesterday. What we've done when we make rules and make the official's judgment in a tough spot, I think we're hurting ourselves because how in the world are you going to know when to blow that whistle?"
Video: Winter workout highlights
The guys at UNC Pembroke, an independant D-II school located in Pembroke, North Carolina, sent us a well put together video highlighting their winter workouts.
Since bringing back football in 2007, head coach Pete Shinnick and his staff have put together some impressive teams, including an 8-3 finish last season and back to back 9 win seasons in 2008 and 2009. They were also an impressive 7-1 last year when scoring over 30 points.
The video is a good mix of weight room workouts, on the field agility and conditioning, and some interesting combat drills to take note of.
Fresno State focused on tempo
New Fresno State offensive coordinator Dave Schramm was not impressed with their latest scrimmage and afterwards challenged the pride of the offensive group.
"You can't come out and play this game if you're not sure you want to. If you don't want to, don't. We'll find 11 guys that want to play. And this game, it's a team game, so every guy has got to do their job on every single play." he said.
Looking back on the scrimmage, Schramm noted it was a different guy on each play that wasn't focused because of the new tempo and less than perfect conditions.
"The thing that we've got to come out of spring ball understanding is that we can stress people with our tempo. We have to know how to get lined up, we have to understand what our assignment is, we have to get lined up in the right spot, we have to know the snap count and we've got to go." he explained.
"It's just new to them. They get tired and they get gassed, and all of a sudden the brain slows down a little bit. But it's good. Our defense is doing a nice job, and we're making some plays at times."
Indiana coaches getting reps at quarterback
Head coach Kevin Wilson and the Hoosiers returned to their spring practice schedule yesterday and the staff is getting more involved than ever.
Towards the end of the clip, Wilson explains that since they're only 2 deep at quarterback right now, a few coaches (including himself) have worked their way into a few running drills and commented "that's not good to see", which got quite a few laughs from the reporters.