Mike Heimerdinger is a legend for his demands that players, especially wide receivers, know all of the subtleties of his offense before they can expect to see the field (see Hawkins, Lavell and Williams, Paul). Kenny Britt says that's what he's used to, and is excited by the hard work in the books and the film room that it takes to play under 'Dinger:
Many a young player has felt the wrath of Heimerdinger, and even first-round pick Kenny Britt knows he won’t be immune to such criticism, if it’s warranted.
But Britt says he is totally prepared for it, from the way practices were run at Rutgers University.
"Our offensive coordinator [John McNulty] at Rutgers was just like ['Dinger]. Actually it motivates me," Britt said.
The best way to avoid the wrath of Heimerdinger, of course, is to know what you’re doing well enough to execute your routes and assignments correctly. And for Britt, that is job one in between the May and June OTAs.
Paul K has a long post about one of the major focuses for the WR corps this off-season: beating the jam to get off the line and into their routes cleanly and quickly. A failure to do so has been the downfall of many a talented WR in the NFL, and if these guys can become great at it Kerry will look 10 times better this year.
You know who else liked jams... especially crunchy jams of their own variety? The MC5! Yeah I went there. Expect more music links on Fridays moving forward.
In a companion post, Cortland Finnegan talks about how important jamming a WR is for a CB, and he names Reggie Wayne as the best in the AFC South at getting free on a regular basis.
Mike Florio: still part of the problem. He really has piss poor reading comprehension for a lawyer. No wonder he ended up with another line of work. Still, at least he's not as dumb as his commenters.
The jokers at T-Rac's Posse put the ESPN Power Rankings on blast, and it includes this gem about the 5th place Colts (the Titans are 8th):
ESPN's take: Donald Brown should provide a nice boost. But without Tony Dungy and with two top assistants in limbo for at least awhile, do things stay stable? (PK)
T-Rac's Take: Lose their whole coaching staff and they leap over the Titans. Makes sense.
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