After Tuesday’s North team practice in Mobile, Alabama, Head Coach Jim Schwartz sat down with Sirius NFL Radio to talk about the Senior Bowl and the Detroit Lions.
Schwartz was more pleased with day two of practice after the players struggled to get things down in day one.
Schwartz: “They made a big jump from yesterday to today and hopefully we’ll make a big jump from today to tomorrow. We didn’t have meeting time before this morning’s practice, so we had to install a bunch yesterday – it’s just part of the game.”
Though Schwartz and his staff are preparing for a game on Saturday, practice methods are slightly different than they normally would be for game preparation.
Because this game is so closely tied with player evaluation, players are rotated through different positions and put through more individual drills to better see their skill set.
Schwartz: “You want to install enough to see how well they learn and see them in different situations, but the one thing you don’t want to do is overload them.”
In his interview with Sirius, Schwartz was asked whether he had studied the crop of defensive linemen coming out in this year’s NFL Draft.
Schwartz says he makes a point not to pre-evaluate players because he doesn’t want it to skew what he thinks when seeing them practice.
Schwartz: “A lot of times if you pre-judge – if you already say, ‘Hey, this is what the player is’ – you don’t accept (his performance at face value) in a game like the Senior Bowl. You say, ‘Well, he looks good in this, but I don’t think he’s very good.’ Or, ‘Hey, I think he’s really good’ and then you excuse him not doing so well in a game like this.
“I try to keep an open mind – let these games stand on their own – and then circle back and really get a good evaluation after watching them in a game like this.”
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