I didn't think I'd hear any complaining from NFL players about the possible elimination of two-a-day practices in a new NFL collective bargaining agreement.
New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott is not a conventional guy, though. He's worried that, with just one measly practice a day, the game will become "little pansy stuff." Here's what he told Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger:
"I get concerned you're making football players weaker because you don't push them past that threshold. ... I get concerned with the same thing with the quarterback stuff, that they turn it into flag football; they turn it into little pansy stuff." [...]
"Two-a-days, it's what football is all about," he said. "It's about endurance, pain, will, putting yourself through something when your body is telling you it doesn't want to go. Your mind controlling your body. That's what camp is all about. With one-a-days, guys might not be in as good of shape as they would have been. Camp tears you down, and then a smart coach starts pulling back in enough time that allows players' bodies to build back up."
The attitude sounds a little bit 1950s, but I'm not sure it's wrong, either. NFL-level two-a-days, as hellish and brutal as they probably are, might also be the best way to produce athletes that are better conditioned and mentally tougher. I'm guessing that there's a reason it became standard practice among football coaches.
That said, fellow Jets Eric Smith and Jerricho Cotchery are quoted in the same article as saying that the elimination of two-a-days is a good thing. I don't know who's right.
I wouldn't worry about it too much if I were Bart Scott, though. If Rex Ryan wants his guys puking and begging for mercy during summer football practices, something tells me he'll find a way, two-a-days or not.