Black and Blue all over: No hazing in Detroit
If you're looking for funny stories of bizarre hair cuts or rookies getting taped to goalposts, you're not going to get them out of Detroit's camp. As the Detroit Free Press reports, new Lions coach Jim Schwartz has banned hazing at his first training camp.
Here's Schwartz's explanation:
"This is professional football. They're here to do their job, and if they're distracted from doing their job by being made to sing or getting their hair cut or something like that, then they're not going to be able to give their best performance on the field."
Those sentiments are not unlike many new NFL coaches, who typically run relatively draconian training camps in their first season. It's not out of the question that Schwartz will let up later in his career, but for now he's trying to establish boundaries and a rhythm for his program. It's always a lot easier to let out the string later than it would be to tighten things down later.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- And just as we say that, Schwartz seemed to have some fun with actor Jeff Daniels, who visited camp Wednesday. Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News reports.
- The Vikings' final practice of the summer turned chippy and tense, according to multiple reports. Here are accounts from the Associated Press, Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examines the thorough workout regimen of linebacker A.J. Hawk.
- Packers receiver James Jones has rebounded from last year's injury problems and is having a strong training camp, reports Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Will veteran Chicago linebacker Hunter Hillenmyyer make the team? Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald examines that question.
- David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune lists five Bears players who have made a strong impression in camp, leading with fullback Jason McKie.