Daily Life: Player to Fan perspective

9/25/13 in NFL   |   RobCarp81   |   20 respect

Blog Photo - Daily Life: Player to Fan perspectiveAs a former player speaking to most casual fans, they really do not know what the daily life is like for their favorite players. They watch the games on Sundays and assume a few practices during the week and way too much free time on guys hands. Not exactly. There's much more off field preparation than you would think. I'll quickly take you through a normal week of how things work in the NFL.

When the lights go out and cameras shut off on Sunday night most guys with families will hit a restaurant for dinner. Single guys may hit the clubs. Hence the police blotters being flooded sometimes on Monday mornings. 

Monday is not a good day after a loss. But typically start out like your every day 9 to 5. Guys who are injured start their day the earliest. Treatment is mandatory for injured players and must be done before that first Monday meeting which usually starts between 8am and 9am. Then the Monday fun begins. Team meeting usually beginning with the head coach talking about the previous game. Win or lose and also getting ready for the next game. Then film review and grading of each play from the game. This usually lasts about 2 hours depending on your individual position coaches. The remainder of Monday consists of workouts and more individual film study of the next opponent. 

Tuesday is the day off. Except for injured players and your own individual film study of the next opponent. 
Wednesday and Thursday are the two days that are most time consuming and strenuous. These 2 days are the new game plan input days. Depending on who your offensive and defensive coordinators are will definitely influence how many plays and how much time will be spent on the game plan for particular weeks. But a normal plan will take 2 to 3 hours of meeting time to input before a lunch break. Afternoon practices last roughly 2 hours. Then more meeting time to review practice and continue the game plan installation. Leaving the facility before dark usually doesn't happen on these days.

Friday is the day most players like best. 2 hour morning meetings then straight to an easy practice with no break. This is also a day most teams will be checking police blotters on Saturday morning hoping the single guys didn't go out Friday night and get into any mischief. 

Saturday is the day most teams will travel to the destination of the next Sunday battle. 

Hopefully this will shed a little light on what takes place with your favorite players during a typical work week. If you go back and add up the time roughly less than half the time is spent actually physically practicing. The game is more mental than physical. 

Rob Carpenter
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9/29/13   |   Sharp Square   |   11935 respect


How normal is it for guys in locker room to check paper/internet to see what the spread is on the next weeks game ?  

9/25/13   |   ohwell_   |   16324 respect

That was cool.

Questions........What do you think of the Dolphins decision to make Thursday their day off instead of Tuesday?     objectively, lol...........

 What do you think of the NFL adding 2 regular season games to the schedule, as far as injuries and players general health?   Yay or Nay?

9/25/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61187 respect

Good stuff!

9/25/13   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

When you say "grading each play from the game" do you mean they watch every play and give it an individual grade? If so, do they use traditional letter grading (A,B,C,D,F) or numbers or what? Also, if a play grades out poorly does this keep coaches from using it again?

9/25/13   |   Beaneaters   |   17652 respect

Great article, nice to get a look on the inside of it all. Between the off season training, training camp, and a 16 game season, I can't imagine the toll it must take on players. Thanks for putting things in perspective.

9/25/13   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

I absolutely love this - thank you so much for sharing!

9/25/13   |   JenX63   |   32428 respect

Thank you!