What We Learned This Week in the NFL Offseason:
- Browns coach Mike Pettine backs off of claims that Patriots stole Jets playbook
- Mike Vick thinks he revolutionized running quarterback play
- Steelers and Packers technology in practice
- Peyton Manning not thinking of retirement
- Steelers wrap up practices until training camp
The offseason is truly upon us. You’ll be happy to know that as of today you only have eleven more football-less Sundays left to get through. You can do it!
What new Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine can’t do, however, is stop talking about the Jets playbooks. Last week he was quoted in a story to SI’s MMQB in which he implied that the New England Patriots had been in possession of the New York Jets’ defensive playbook while he was a defensive coach in New York. He claimed that he had heard Tom Brady bragging to that effect at Wes Welker’s wedding. Neither Bill Belichick nor Rex Ryan was willing to give any credence to the story and now Pettine is backing off the comment all together. Kind of a bizarre story and even more bizarre to see it put Belichick and Ryan on the same side.
Michael Vick sure is taking to the New York Jets way of doing this which is to give outlandish statements that eventually become their own story. He recently told ESPN that he thinks he “revolutionized the game” with his mobile quarterback style. Sure. No quarterback before Michael Vick could ever run and throw the ball. While Vick definitely has had a memorable career so far, he definitely wasn’t the first of his kind.
The Steelers and Packers are getting high-tech in their training routines. The Steelers have started using helmet cams in practice to be able to review the drills from the player-perspective in order to evaluate better. The helmet cams can help evaluate the practice of Ben Roethlisberger, as well as his backups as they can review the tapes and see what he sees when they’re most likely not getting the same amount or same type of reps in practice. The Packers are using a GPS system that they’re hoping will help them reduce injuries. The system helps them track the players’ workloads in an attempt to keep them healthy and avoid injuries.
The Steelers have wrapped up practices on the South Side for their long break before training camp opens in Latrobe on July 25th. The biggest question so far unanswered by minicamps and OTA’s remains the wide receiver position. There still doesn’t seem to be a clear cut starter aside Antonio Brown. Lance Moore got the majority of the reps towards the end of minicamp, but it’s still relatively wide open for a position competition for training camp.