How Important Is a Rookie Head Coach’s 1st Training Camp?

July 30, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

NFL football is back, and for this year's collection of rookie head coaches, the next few weeks could not be any more important. 
We've got first-year head coaches in Cleveland (Mike Pettine), Houston (Bill O'Brien), Minnesota (Mike Zimmer) and Washington (Jay Gruden). Meanwhile, we've got a few head coaches in the first year of their second go-around in Tampa (Lovie Smith), Tennessee (Ken Whisenhunt) and Detroit (Jim Caldwell). 
For players, training camp is the time to get back into the football grind. Make no mistake about it, football (and keeping one's body ready for football) is a year-round activity in the NFL, but camp takes things to another level. For some players, they will never work harder than these moments—whether that's trying to make a team or trying to be part of a team that is taking things to the next level. 
In a first-year coaching situation, both for new and "new to you" head coaches, these are the kind of "welcome to the...

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