Two-a-days? Bart Scott can’t wait.
As NFL owners and players put the finishing touches to a new collective bargaining agreement that will end the lockout of players, there is a report that two-a-days may be eliminated. While the news has many players, as one agent put it, “doing the Macarena,” Bart Scott feels differently.
“I think it’s wimping out, making football more soft,” the New York Jets’ linebacker told the Newark Star-Ledger’s Jenny Vrentas. “No reason to try and make camp easy.”
Scott favors building players up by pushing them to the limit..
“I get concerned you’re making football players weaker because you don’t push them past that threshold,” Scott said. “I get concerned with the same thing with the quarterback stuff, that they turn it into flag football; they turn it into little pansy stuff.”
Reporters hate them — reporters eschew most forms of physicial activity — but they are part of the tradition of football, training camp, America and Life As We Know It.
“Two-a-days, it’s what football is all about,” he said. “It’s about endurance, pain, will, putting yourself through something when your body is telling you it doesn’t want to go. Your mind controlling your body. That’s what camp is all about. With one-a-days, guys might not be in as good of shape as they would have been. Camp tears you down, and then a smart coach starts pulling back in enough time that allows players’ bodies to build back up.”