The San Diego Chargers had a three-day minicamp scheduled this week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), and head coach Mike McCoy canceled the final practice on Thursday.
When talking to the media after Wednesday’s practice McCoy said, “I think the players have done an outstanding job this offseason and worked extremely hard. They’ve done everything we’ve asked of them, so as a little bit of an appreciation of what they did we let them have a day off.”
The way I look at it, with the new NFL CBA (collective bargaining agreement) that was put in place in 2011, it limits a team’s ability to work with players. The Chargers only had three days of practice this week and training camp doesn’t start until July 24. That made Thursday’s canceled practice that last time coaches had the opportunity to work with the players for awhile.
Some people might look at this and say it’s only one practice, but the new CBA has drastically limited the time NFL coaches have with players. The Chargers have six rookies they drafted, 17 undrafted rookies they signed and six players they acquired through free agency. Not to mention several players coming off injury-plagued seasons last year. Every practice is crucial to the overall success of the team.
The Chargers were a 41-yard Ryan Succop missed field goal away from missing the playoffs last season, so every practice is just as important as the one before. With such poor play from the secondary last year and a new offensive coordinator in Frank Reich taking over the play-calling duties, the Chargers can use every practice they have this offseason.
Practice is important for any team. Especially for the young players on a team, and the Chargers have a lot of them. There’s always something the Chargers can work on and canceling a vital practice was not a good move by McCoy.