Just when you think you’ve heard it all when it comes to these team workouts, you get something new. To this point, I recall listening to interviews from various players who are working out with several teammates in somewhat unorganized and non-mandatory settings to some who have gone to great lengths to make sure all the loose ends were tied in getting just about everybody together.
Now we’ve got the Indianapolis Colts, who apparently are working out but are keeping the locations of the sessions secret. I’m not particularly sure what the logic is behind the secrecy, but, from afar, I guess it doesn’t really matter to me, either.
Colts linebacker Gary Brackett does open up about some of what is going on behind the scenes in the following interview, just don’t expect him to tell you where to go to find the workout sessions.
Gary Brackett joined 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis with JMV to discuss the secret workouts, what they entail, how they might compare to what some other teams are doing right now, the taxing lockout process and to give his take on whether there will be a 2011 season.
We’ve got people calling in telling us where the secret workout places are, can you let us in on the secret?:
“Nah, if they already called you and told you, there’s no need for me to speak about it, right? Just know that we will be ready next season. Whenever that season is, your favorite team, the Indianapolis Colts, will be ready.”
On going about business as usual despite the lockout:
“The leadership decided that, because this thing has lasted so long, we at least need to get together and brush some guys up on what we’ve been doing, what our system is, acclimating some of these guys to our system and just get some overview for some of the older guys. We’ve been getting some real good work done.”
Are the practices exactly like they would be, just without the coaches?:
“Obviously they’re tougher, just because there’s not a coach at every position telling each individual guy on each individual play what he could’ve done better. It’s just real surface stuff, base stuff, but they’ve been going pretty good though. … Guys have been very helpful leading their respective positions.”
Does he think pretty much every team has this going on in some respect?:
“I don’t think all 32 teams are getting together, but obviously a great majority of teams who has great leadership will. … If anything, I think we would have the edge just because our system has been in place for so long. … We have so many great players who really understand the concepts.”
Is this process becoming increasingly taxing for the players?:
“I have tuned it out as well. I’m one of the reps on our team, so I inform players what the information is that we receive and how it affects them, but all the other stuff, I just focus on what I’ve got.”
Does he believe there will be a 2011 season?:
“I would think so. At the end of the day, you have a profitable organization, a profitable league. … There has to be some type of way that both sides can get to the table and iron things out. We just hope we get a fair deal. We don’t want to supersede or break any type of records of what our association has done … we just want a fair deal. I’m sure the owners, they’re getting together and hopefully we can get together sooner or later and really sit down.”