Saturday, May 19, 2007

JUST SAY OINK!


"In a bacon-and-egg breakfast, the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed," Coach Brian Billick said as he addressed the graduating student body from Johns Hopkins University. "Be that pig."

It’s doubtful that at the tender age of 21 or 22, the starry-eyed graduates are ready to go “oink” just yet. Sometimes it takes a little seasoning, a few knocks on the head and a healthy dose of reality to embrace the pig’s commitment. Then again, the students were probably thinking they’d rather bring home the bacon instead of being it.

In the NFL, there’s no other choice but to be the pig.

I remember when Dawan Landry first came on the scene last year, I asked him about his first impressions of summer camp and the speed of the game that we’ve all heard so much about relative to the collegiate game. Landry’s response was very insightful and it provided a glimpse into how he would approach his rookie season.

In so many words Landry said that all of the NFL athletes are among the best in the world but the difference in productivity and performance on the field has more to do with the mental part of the game than anything else.

The terminology, the film study, the understanding of tendencies, the game’s little nuances that enable a player to gain an edge – those things help the athletes play to their physical abilities.

When the players have to think, it slows down their play. When they understand the game better, their team’s offensive or defensive scheme and that of their opponent, the speed picks up. Much like the performance of a computer, the processor speed boosts productivity and results.

Dawan Landry was a pig last year. His surprising productivity is all the proof you need.

And there’s a lot more of that on the farm called One Winning Drive.

There’s a quiet resolve in Ravenstown. That loss to the Colts has left the team with a commitment to take care of some unfinished business.

Oink, oink.

4 comments :

Porky said...

If this team stays healthy, that loss last year could end up being a blessing in disguise in 2007.

Here's to the pig in all of us!

Anonymous said...

Landry was ahead of the curve all of last year it seems with that comment.grubbs will follow is his footsteps this year.

Tony Lombardi said...

Let's hope for the same from Grubbs. I really like the competition on the offensive line this year. Think about it...Chester will push Flynn who could possibly be let go or be asked to take a haircut on payday if he stays should Chester start.

Then there's Yanda (who btw looks more like a guard) who can push Terry (who has added good weight to his frame) and maybe that competition brings a missing mean streak to Terry's game.

Then you have Keydrick Vincent who in my opinion is the most likely casualty (if there is one on the O-line) particularly if Grubbs catches on quickly. If Vincent stays the competition should be fierce since Key becomes an UFA after this season. And if his conditioning is an indication, Vincent will not go down without a fight.

And don't forget swingman Brian Rimpf.

These individual battles will make the team stronger.

TalkinWillis said...

Heard the show today and I sort of agree with John from Timonium...Billick could have used a more compelling metaphor than bacon and eggs and the pig.