Today’s practise was the final opportunity to get The BIG 3down as far as succeeding as a professional football player goes.
With tomorrow’s Green and White scrimmage one sleep out,the MAJOR FOCUS of today’s practise for most of the players needed to be ALIGNMENT, ASSIGNMENT, and EXECUTION. #Big3
From an installation standpoint, the rate at which the plays have been put in throughout the 3 phases of the game (Offence, Defence, Special Teams) has been on par with PRO expectations. What makes the BIG 3 so important to the 2016 Saskatchewan Roughrider hopefuls in camp is that the X’s and O’s that the Coordinators are implementing are fairly detailed. There’s a lot of moving parts (especially on D) to these playbooks and we know that for any play on any team to work, each individual involved needs to be in the right place at the right time in order for the play to be executed the way it was drawn up.
At times during the first week, this team has ran into some challenges in the execution department but that’s to be expected during a training camp where new theories and ideas are being unveiled. What needs to happen eventually is that the amount of corrections decrease from day to day. #ImproveEveryRep
Saturday’s mock-game is such a big opportunity for everyone that is healthy enough to partake and the coaches want to head to see guys on film flying around and making plays.
The only way that these players are going to put confident high-paced playmaking ON FILM is if their mind is completely void of doubt. If one knows the BIG 3 (ALIGNMENT, ASSIGNMENT, and EXECUTION) during every play that is called, they’ll be able to play fast and sound. If one is thinking about where to line up and where to go right up until the snap of the ball, not only are they vulnerable to get beat, but they’re putting 11 other guys in jeopardy.
ONE CANNOT MAKE THE TEAM IF THEY DO NOT KNOW THE PLAYBOOK…I don’t care who you are.
Hence why today was such a big day for these guys. They’ve been in game situations pretty much from the opening day, however now the lights are on and mistakes have consequences that could be detrimental. To the team, and the individual. #DepthChartProblems
Players were given every opportunity to get the BIG 3 down today. Not only was the rep count increased, but Coach Jones and his staff spent a good chunk of time taking care of logistics like lining up Special Team units and going through substitutionscenarios. Doing things like physically putting the players in every scenario they may see Saturday and during the exhibition season only increases the chances of players playing with utmost confidence. There’s no way that this team will be able to capitalize on the size, speed, and talent that is out here this year if they do not find the guys that know every aspect of THE BIG 3.
The final chance to shore up any loose ends before Saturday will happen on the eve of Day 6. Team and Unit meetings will give these guys a final look at technique and execution issues before all is said and done tonight. By now players will have started interacting within their position groups or with other guys on the offence of defence and they’ll probably spend some time going over plays and situations before they hit the bed.
All Saturday is for the Green and White is another day to come out and compete. They’ve reached the time now where certain players are going to start showing up more and more in a positive light. Obviously, as far as making the team goes, that’s exactly what one individually hopes for. Have a handle on the Big 3 and go out and PUT IT ON FILM. Just another phase in the job interview of a lifetime! #Big3
Here’s some thoughts that I took down during a beautiful Day 6 of 2016 Training Camp.
I'M JACKED UP FOR SATURDAY. See you there!