Originally posted by matt49er:
Originally posted by global_nomad:
Originally posted by matt49er:
why do the players have off anyway? rest the ones w/injury and stick them in film study. these players make millions of dollars and they are off several months out of the year. why do they need a week off? we got our butts kick and face a stretch of games we need all the work we can get. This also would have helped us figure out what we're going to do w/the OL and get Crabtree up to speed faster.
We were out played because ATL has faster players, came out hungry, and were prepared after their bye week.
Singletary's experience as a HOF play realizes the importance of a bye week: the only time in a 5 month stretch the players can see extended family and children. The team usually has extra practices early next week to make up for the time they had off.
Saying Singletary is crazy for given them a break is ignorant, he more than most coaches know the importance of 4 days off.
do you guys get bye week's at your job? you probably have a little vacation but you don't make millions and have off 5 months out of the year either. why can't players families come visit them? it's not like they can't afford to fly them in and put them up.
As a matter of fact, some of us do. Big deal. Is it a crime? I work 6 days a week. My season starts in March I get a "bye week" in the 3rd week of August. By then my voice is pretty tired and needs a break. I then work til mid December and then I get 11-12 weeks off. Except not really. If I want to stay employed I have to spend a lot of those 11 weeks off getting ready for the next season or face hitting the new season with last year's material. I could probably afford to do that once but not more than that.
Likewise I seriously doubt that these guys can do anything but stay on a pretty strict diet and workout regimen and do things like MMA cross-train a la Willis, Spikes during their "5 months off." Otherwise somebody who did more in the offseason mostlikely will be taking their job from them next season.
At some point these NFL players put in more time towards football than the next guy who didn't make it to the NFL. With a few exceptions, that's why they are in the NFL. It amazes me to hear people say how easy they have it because they are "making millions" and just gloss over the hellish work that it took for them to get there and the hellish price they pay to stay their for even a few years. 15-20 year careers are not the norm.
Do you do anything at your job as grueling as training camp? Unless you are fishing or crabbing in the Bering Sea, I doubt it. And it's not like you really know what any of these players' personal lives or financial obligations are like either. I imagine some of these guys are spread pretty thin. I know that's pretty hard to comprehend for some but it's the truth. 5 mill goes pretty quick if enough people can get their hands on it. A lot of these guys come from pretty humble circumstances and thus, are their families only ticket out of poverty.
Sorry to call you out on this Matt but you really don't know much about these guys' lives and what it's like.
If you don't like your job then figure out something you can do that lots of people will pay money to come see, experience or listen to.
When you go home, I bet the last thing you think about is work. These people do not have that luxury. And I doubt the potential for you to get totally jacked for the rest of your life at work is that great either as well.
My 11 year old's football coach was a starting fullback for the St Louis Cards back in the 70's. It takes him a while to get out of his car and hobble to the field. He's in his late 50's and can barely walk. Near as I can tell he's not bitter he seems grateful but he sure as hell payed a heavy toll for his NFL experience. A toll I doubt most will ever have to pay from working at their jobs.
I'll get off my soapbox now but until you walk in another person's shoes.....