Inside Renegades Training Camp: Day 2
HOUSTON -- One of the XFL's unqiue additions was put to the test Monday.
The Dallas Renegades' offensive skill players used radio communication in their helmets for the first time.
The XFL will not restrict one-way radio communication from coaches to just the team's quarterback: All skill players on the field will receive play calls.
Dallas offensive coordinator Hal Mumme is pleased with both the addition and the subsequent first test.
"Speed is obviously the biggest difference because I can get the play out to six guys at a time," Mumme said. "I think it’s pretty cool. I always hated headsets until now."
Much of the talk about the change centers on the in-game benefits, but there's a clear beneficiary long before wins and losses are tallied up. Yes, we're talking about practice.
"It helps speed up practice, too. You get more reps in and you’ve got a chance to coach them on the run," Mumme said. "As they’re jogging back you can tell them to make their route deeper or whatever. It's great."
TRAINING CAMP NOTES
- Offensive lineman John Keenoy, who was selected by the Renegades in Phase 2 of the October XFL draft, arrived at camp Monday to join the team. Keenoy played college football at Western Michigan and becomes the fourth former Bronco on the roster, joining linebacker Asantay Brown, offensive tackle Willie Beavers and defensive lineman Richard Ash. That also means Western Michigan has now tied Oklahoma for the most former players on the Renegades roster.
- This was also the first practice in which any players fully suited up in pads, and it included a few hits between the lines. However, head coach Bob Stoops plans to keep the contact to a minimum leading up to the season.
"I always hated headsets until now."