I had to laugh
Watching the Griz run through drills Thursday, a friend sidled up, noted the heat and the contact and said we were probably due to see a fight.
Sure enough, it happened.
I suppose all football coaches have to ride that fine line: You want aggression between the lines, but you don’t the players wasting too much time. I’m still amazed at the dust-up I witnessed in the spring of 2007: Jimmy Wilson put a shoulder into receiver Craig Chambers as he ran out of bounds during a blocking/tackle drill.
Wilson, who could wind up starting at safety for the Miami Dolphins, wasn’t in the drill, mind you: He was sending a message. After their fight, they were made to participate in the drill together. Chambers was exhausted but Wilson still had enough energy for a form tackle and when Chambers landed on his shoulder, he was hurt.
Said then-coach Bobby Hauck:
“Tough game for tough people. That (the fight) is wasted time. You want to make sure that if you have enough energy to do that, you’ve got enough energy to take some reps.”
Hauck added that he thought Chambers would return the following week. In fact he didn’t play again.
Speaking of receivers, you know who made a couple really nice catches Thursday? Gerald Kemp. These Griz got talent.
- Fritz Neighbor