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Scott – Getting Rid of Two-A-Days Will Make “Football More Soft”

Most NFL players are not big fans of two-a-day practice sessions.

Don’t count Jets linebacker Bart Scott in that list.

Scott spoke out to the Times-Ledger, stating that he thinks the elimination of two-a-day practices will make the game soft. “I think it’s wimping out; making football more soft,” Scott said on Tuesday.

“I get concerned you’re making football players weaker because you don’t push them past that threshold…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.”

Player safety was one of the non-economic issues in the labor talks between the NFL and NFL Players Association, and the elimination of two-a-day padded workouts was a concession made by the owners. Teams will be permitted to hold non-contact walk-through practices, minus helmets and pads, on the same day padded practices are held.

“Two-a-days, it’s what football is all about,” Scott added. “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.”

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