Originally posted by 1swift:
This whole story is Crabtree hater-bait.
I do hope that AJJ takes to Rice and if he can become an elite talent at WR then thats all gravy but how many great players trained with or anything like Rice's insane workouts. It may have been a part of Rice's success but I don't think its indicative of anyone elses potential success. Especially considering there HAS to be advances in nutrition, exercise technology, and trainer and physical therapy education as time progresses. There has to be diminish returns on such a strenuous workout compared to what Strength and Conditioning coaches would be putting the players through.
I'm all for rice's input in the X and O's, in's and outs of being a WR but I'm not much a fan of his take on conditioning. While it worked for him, i'd bet many others would break down prematurely and unnecessarily trying to do what he did
I certainly don't see him making this a regular thing, there are other exercises out there that can be even better for sprinting and endurance without having to worry about rolling an ankle or something on a rocky dirt trail.
But as I see it, it can be a good test for a player. Like one of those "do you have what it takes?" things. Then when you do that and you make it the whole way you know that you're conditioned to still have enough juice in you to sprint full speed in the 4th quarter when you're tired from running the whole game, for the catch that wins it.
I'd only expect him to do it every once in awhile just to put in work and see where he stands.
As for crab, I don't see why people are hating on him so much for not working with Rice. If anything it was the fact that he wasn't working AT ALL, missing every offseason for one reason or another. Working with Rice doesn't mean he's going to be like Rice.
[ Edited by mike on May 8, 2012 at 1:22 AM ]