What is it about shoulder pads?
After a couple of practice sessions where the Akron Zips concentrated on the work they mixed in a tad more intensity during Monday’s practice session. No fewer than few fights broke out as linebackers mixed it up with offensive linemen and even defensive backs tried to throw a few haymakers at the offensive line. The latter looked particularly ridiculous as the DBs resembled Smurfs jumping up to beat up on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. It was comical. And the intensity was welcomed, but they got more than a bit ridiculous, so much so that Bowden halted practice at one point. Think he was happy?
“Out here they know it's play fighting. It's fun. But they do it too much and it ruins my practice. I get mad. To me it has to be undisciplined,” he said. “We have to really be disciplined to go from where we were last year to where we want to go this year. I think that's just an example of understanding the total package. Toughness doesn't come from fighting. Toughness comes from doing everything right.”
A couple of things started to come into focus: