Some thoughts after Day 1 of training camp:
– Offensive line coach Kris Sweet is the most intense coach I have ever seen, in any sport. Watch him conduct the drills. It’s the best entertainment you can get for free. He gets as much exercise as the players, and his vocal chords also get a workout.
– The players’ enthusiasm was noted. Every play ends at the goal line — which seemed to be forbidden territory last season. Granted, it is ridiculously early, but I have never seen this much verve on Day 1 of training camp. And I’m old.
– Corey Chamblin’s media scrums are going to be interesting and, from evidence gathered so far, informative. He not only answers the questions but, unlike many coaches, also volunteers information and anecdotes. This is mildly shocking.
– Chamblin is a personable guy, but he also means business. Shomari Williams was a few minutes late for a team meeting and, as a consequence, is now behind fellow middle linebacker Mike McCullough on the depth chart. It’s one thing to be a players’ coach, and Chamblin certainly fits that description, but a line has to be drawn. It didn’t take Chamblin long to establish the ground rules.
– Great to see Leader-Post alumni Darrell Davis (Globe and Mail) and Nick Miliokas (Canadian Press) out there, too. I’m always happy to see that some members of the media (not many, but a few) are older than me. It is distressing, though, that they look considerably younger.