Miami Dolphins Rookies Sent to Class All Week; No Practice Yet
The new head coach for the Miami Dolphins has implemented a new plan to keep rookies from hitting the infamous wall deep into the season. Adam Gase decided to have the Miami Dolphins rookies sent to class all week, instead of practice. The rookies are in class this week for a mini camp.
Armando Salguero reports:
“They’re going to get schooled on the schemes they’re playing, their assignments, and everything football that involves the brain. But they’re also going to get a little polished up as people.”
Did head coach Adam Gase make the right choice by sending his rookies into the classroom? The rest of the rookies in the league are going through full-contact drills. Although this prepares them to be a cohesive unit on the field, it also leaves them vulnerable to injuries.
Training camp injuries are not uncommon. Last season, the Rams lost their cornerback E.J. Gaines for the season after suffering a foot injury during their first week of training camp. The Bears lost their first round draft pick for several weeks last season after Kevin White injured his shin during an off-season training session. Check out the full list of 2015 pre-season injuries here.
There is a possibility Gase was inspired by the drama surrounding Laremy Tunsil. He was drafted by the Dolphins after his social media accounts were hacked and incriminating video and text messages were leaked. Surely Gase doesn’t want any Manziel behavior from his players.
In truth, the life of a rookie football player speeds up dramatically from the time they are signed. Spending a full week out of pads and off the field can help them wrap their heads around the changes they will experience.
The rest of the league will undoubtedly scrutinize the Dolphins this season to evaluate the success of their first rookie classroom mini camp. If the Dolphins can translate this to wins on the field, rookie classroom mini camps may become a staple in the NFL.