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05-23-2012, 01:47 PM
Are OTA restrictions a gain for players? (http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/37181/are-ota-restrictions-actually-a-gain-for-players)
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Did the players really win much when they reduced offseason workout obligations in the new collective bargaining agreement? Sure, less work is better in some ways, and a bigger offseason is certainly an upgrade for a lot of players in a lot of ways. Sure, parameters need to be spelled out and restrictions put in place to keep teams from abusing players’ time or making them feel they need to be doing things they don’t really have to.

But a scene from Tuesday at the Jaguars’ OTA session was telling.

These light, two-hour practices end promptly at 1 p.m. with three short blasts of a horn. But Monday, running backs coach Sylvester Croom and Rashad Jennings were lingering. It’s what a lot of coaches and players do after practices during the year. Stay after a bit to go over something, to get a question answered or to make a correction.

“I turned around and I didn’t even realize they were still on the field after 1 p.m.,” coach Mike Mularkey said. “I’m like, ‘You can’t be out here!’ I had to pull them off and I hope my gesture of ‘get-off-the-field’ was big enough that the cameras saw me.”

Props to Mularkey for being a stickler on the rules. He said he’s had to pull Croom and receivers coach Jerry Sullivan off the field that way so far, because by force of habit coaches work with guys after practice and players ask for such time. Now the Jaguars' new head coach has to monitor such things.

In “concessions” the players “won” from owners in the negotiations that produced a 10-year labor agreement, did they really want to ensure a running back who wanted to couldn’t spend an extra minute with his coach before leaving the field on May 23?

05-23-2012, 04:33 PM
I guess the old saying of "Be careful of what you ask for because you just might get it" applies here.

05-23-2012, 06:24 PM
I guess the old saying of "Be careful of what you ask for because you just might get it" applies here.

After the new CBA was signed I heard that the players missed on some important issues (such as appeals like Bountygate going to Gooddell) and the NFLPA seemed to focus too much on instant gratification things like OTAs.

05-30-2012, 11:00 AM
Ron Rivera had to do something last week he probably never had done in 16 years of coaching: Kick players out of the team facility for studying too long.
Rivera, the Panthers’ second-year coach, learned there were players who had been at Bank of America Stadium longer than the six-hour limit spelled out in the NFL’s collective-bargaining agreement.
So Rivera stuck his head in the first-floor meeting rooms to break the bad news.
“I went downstairs and said, ‘OK, everybody who’s been here since 7, you’ve got to go,’ ” Rivera said. “So those guys got up and left.”
Besides tweaking the offensive and defensive schemes and working with new players this spring, Panthers coaches also are getting familiar with the do’s and don’t’s of the “organized team activities” under the terms of the labor agreement.