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Morning Addicts! Make sure you check out this first quote and then go read the rest of the article. It is an excerpt from a book by Haley mentor Bill Parcells. It is a speech he gave to the rookies when he was coaching the Jets. If I didn’t know, I would have sworn this was Todd Haley talking. It is really interesting so check it out.

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Here’s some of that speech from the book The Final Season – My Last Year As Head Coach In The NFL:

“This weekend is an orientation of sorts. This is a time where we try to get to know you guys and explain to you the best of our ability how we do things and what we expect from you. To try to teach you in a short period of time the things we think will assist you in your efforts to make the team. In my experience those people who accept these ideas succeed. Those that don’t accept them usually have very little chance. It’s in both of our best interests that every one of you players succeed. So we’re gonna try to be on the same page with you.

“We’re not interested in players who have problems. We want you to put all the problems you have behind you. I don’t need guys who have pregnant girlfriends that are calling them on the phone and all that shit. I am told old for it and I don’t care about it. I want guys who can concentrate on being a football player. Get focused … put the problems away.

“When you come back for training camp we have a conditioning test. If you don’t pass the test, you’re probably not gonna be here very long. It’s important to me as the head coach. I want well-conditioned players at the proper weight with good stamina and endurance. Everything you do from here on out is evaluated. Don’t try to be inconspicuous because we’re gonna look for you. Everything you do is part of the evaluation process. We base our evaluations on a few things.

Rookies Will Get An Earful … Friday Cup O’

Ex-Bloomington Jefferson star Cole Aldrich of Kansas is headed to Los Angeles in a couple of weeks for workouts to prepare for June’s NBA draft.

Immediately after signing with the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, Gophers linebacker Garrett Brown texted former Gophers All-America defensive lineman Bobby Bell, the former Chiefs hall of famer who roots for him and will be with him at the Chiefs’ rookie dinner today in Kansas City.

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“First and foremost, we are trying to orientate them to what we are doing, what to expect to give them (which is) a briefing to what is in store and what is ahead of them, the conditioning, the strength portion, to give them a little taste of the system,” Haley said. “We don’t want them doing too much so they can’t even function. If you throw the whole playbook at them they are not going to be able to practice, it’s not possible.

“It’s more to orientate them to what we are doing, what we are about, but at the same time not putting too much in their laps and getting a chance to look at them physically and up close in personal in the pads running around,” Haley continued. “Also it’s seeing if they are able to comprehend what we are asking of them and seeing if they are able to turn that into doing it the right way.”

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