Not How George Allen Would Remember It

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 4, 2009 – 12:40 pm

Vikings Head Coach is going into his 32nd season of coaching and his 12 season on the NFL sidelines. At the same time, the Vikings are having training camp in Mankato for the 44th year. As you can guess, a lot has changed about NFL training camps over the years.

Following his team’s morning practice today, Childress was asked about how the environment in training camp has changed over the years in terms of the time spent at camp and the length of practices. Here’s what he had to say:

“It has to do with the numbers (of players) that they allow you to have in training camp. We used to have NFL Europe. You could be up around the 90 number (roster exemptions). I mentioned George Allen a minute ago; I’ve been to a training camp and watched them have 120 bodies when Joe Theisman was playing. There were people everywhere. It’s kind of like [how] the colleges have cut down to 105 or whatever it is that they start with, 85 scholarships. We’re down to 80, everybody’s got that number, so you can’t pleasure yourself as a coach and say ‘hey I want to practice three hours and grind these guys into mince meat and feel good about [having] a hell of a practice.’ Now I’ve got nothing left. I think you have to be smart with that, get good quality work because you want all those bullets at the end. I see the Eagles lost a linebacker yesterday. Still, no matter how hard you try, football is a violent game and injuries are going to be a part of it.”

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