Inside Vipers minicamp: Day 9
PLANT CITY, Fla. -- Most teams prefer to avoid chaos but, on this second day of full practice, the Vipers coaches were inviting it in.
"We try to create an atmosphere where there's chaos throughout the practice," offensive coordinator Jaime Elizondo said. "Our practices have to be recreations of situational periods where we are on and off the field quickly... so when they get to the game, it's a little slower in their minds."
The tempo at practice did seem even quicker than yesterday's already fast-paced session.
Elizondo said he can tell the players are starting to find their rhythm.
"One of the things we talk about is trying to train reaction. That's something that you can't do in your offseason training," Elizondo said. "The automatic bursts, the response, the chasing the ball -- the things that are all instinctive."
"You're starting to see some guys flying around."
Here's some video evidence of that faster pace:
While practice was markedly faster, it was also louder.
Communication is clearly a main focus among players and coaches. Had you passed anywhere near the training facility this afternoon, you'd hear the sounds of players calling out to make sure they were all on the same page of the playbook.
You would've heard this, too:
The grey skies also made for cooler weather and cooler mid-practice photo ops.
That's all from Vipers minicamp for now. Back tomorrow with the latest inside scoop.