Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli says the key to a good training camp is repetition, repetition and repetition. And then some more repetition.
“The habits are easy to understand in a classroom setting,” Marinelli said, per ESPN Dallas. “It’s a whole different world when you’re come out there in the heat, in the pads and you’re trying to be able to keep doing the same things over and over but better.
“Tedious repetition of the simplest movements every single day. That is tough to do. That is really tough to do but that’s what you shoot for. In this system it’s really important because we’re based so much on fundamentals. The standard is us as coaches. We have to set the standard in terms of that because you see over the course of the year your drill work can start going downhill a little bit. You can’t allow [bad habits] to creep in on you. What happens is you get guys starting to get beat up and they can’t practice as well. ... It sounds incredible but you lose them quick. You’ve just got to stay on them.”
This is Marinelli’s first training camp as the Cowboys defensive coordinator. He was promoted from defensive line coach this offseason, and takes over for his old friend Monte Kiffin, who remains on the staff as an assistant. The Cowboys will convene in Oxnard, CA for camp on Tuesday, and the grind begins with their first practice on Thursday.
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