Schwartz gets tough on last day of minicamp

Friday, June 26, 2009

It wasn't quite a Mornhinweg Motorcycle Moment. But new Lions Coach Jim Schwarz sure seemed to be trying to send a message to his players on the last day of minicamp.

Tom Kowalski at (who absolutely must be given props for working harder than all of his colleagues to deliver news out of the minicamp) reports that Schwartz extended workouts -- at one point making the offense start all over with a drill because he was displeased with how they were practicing.

At the end of the one-hour, 50-minute session, Schwartz had the team run gassers.

As Kowalski noted:

It's typical on the last day of a minicamp -- especially when players are going to be off for an extended period -- that things get a little sloppy. Players already are thinking about making their flights out of town and gearing up for their vacations. Because of that, it's not unusual for coaches to cut the final practice a little short, and the players know it.

Is this a sign of things to come in training camp, Killer asks?
Schwartz indicated after practice that he is not the kind of coach who tries to kill his team during training camp, and said there would be only one instance where they will have back-to-back two-a-days.

While Schwartz didn't address Thursday's repeated plays or gassers specifically, he did say this about the training camp that will open July 31: "I want to keep them fresh. But it's up to them to work when it's time to work."

Is this good to see? Concerning to see? Much ado about nothing? Discuss in The Den!