Vipers Training Camp: Day 6
HOUSTON -- If you hang around Vipers training camp, there's one word you're very likely to hear several times a day.
Head coach Marc Trestman and defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville have made it clear they want the Vipers to be the best chasing team in football.
On Friday morning -- with only 30 days remaining until the Vipers kick off the season on Feb. 9 (@ New York, 2 p.m. ET, FOX) -- the chase was on. Players were running, hustling, and grinding all practice long.
"The biggest thing in playing defensive football is pursuit," linebackers coach Mike Archer said. "It's all 11 people taking the rights angles to the ball. You never know when you're going to be the one to make the tackle, you never know when you're the last one to prevent the touchdown."
Archer said that this approach is more mental than physical.
"It starts with an attitude," Archer said. "That has nothing to do with ability. That has to do with wanting to get to the football."
"Once you have all 11 guys buy into the mentality, it's like a one-man band," defensive back Corey Moore said. "It looks good, it sounds good."
"We're a good chasing team," offensive guard Tony Adams said. "High effort ... high motor ... because we always want to be there to pick up the ball or pick up a teammate."
"It's like a one-man band. It looks good, it sounds good."
Another thing you'd notice at Friday's practice -- this team has no dearth of options at quarterback.
Aaron Murray, Taylor Cornelius and Quinton Flowers turned in strong performances, with Murray and Cornelius connecting on several deep strikes. But, arguably, the highlight came from Flowers, who dropped back and dropped a dime 25 yards down the right side of the field, straight into the arms of wide receiver Daniel Williams.
After Williams spiked the ball, the players erupted in cheers up and down the sidelines.
"It's going great," Flowers said of his time with the Vipers so far. "Learning from Coach Trestman ... learning from Coach (Josh) Neiswander ... it's making me a better player."
Saturday, the team heads to the TDECU Stadium at the University of Houston for a joint practice with the Roughnecks. We will bring you full coverage.
Until then, here's a look at how defensive tackle Nikita Whitlock keeps his teammates on the ball.