Panthers coach Rhule bringing energy, earning respect

first_img First Published: 18th August, 2020 09:09 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By COMMENT FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVEcenter_img LIVE TV Associated Press Television News In the middle of Monday’s first padded training camp practice, first-year Panthers coach Matt Rhule blew a whistle and stopped the action during a defensive line drill.Then he walked over to the blocking dummy and aggressively demonstrated the technique he was looking for from his linemen. In a flash, the intensity picked up as practice quickly resumed.“I don’t know what came over me,’’ Rhule said. “At least I didn’t get hurt. That was the positive thing.’’Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater says there isn’t a place at Panthers team headquarters where you can’t feel Rhule’s high-octane energy.Team meeting rooms. The weight room. On the practice field, it doesn’t matter.The 45-year-old Rhule is quickly establishing a culture in Carolina and players are already buying in, even though the team hasn’t played a game yet for the former Baylor coach.“It is definitely contagious,” Bridgewater said of Rhule’s energy. “He’s screaming, he’s loud, he’s running around, he’s hollering. Sometimes he talks too much,” the QB added with a laugh.”But he is a great motivator and right now he’s getting the best out of everyone.”The energy was evident in Rhule’s first two practices in front of reporters, including the squad’s first padded session.His practices move at a frantic pace with mostly rap music blaring in the background. When he doesn’t like something he sees from players he’ll stop the practice — and the music — and let them know about it. If the defense makes a mistake they’re sent to the ground for push-ups with Rhule often flopping to the ground and joining in.Rhule and his staff are heavily involved in the teaching process of what is an extremely young team in the midst of a rebuilding process. It’s not unusual to see a defensive backs coach running alongside a cornerback while in coverage and shouting instructions on how to defend the wide receiver as the play develops. The line coaches won’t hesitate to grab a jersey to demonstrate technique.The hands-on approach is not unusual for Rhule, who played linebacker at Penn State under Joe Paterno.He once donned a set of pads and a helmet and joined his players at practice while serving as head coach at Temple.“I remember looking at him, like, ‘Hey, this guy is crazy,’” said Panthers linebacker Tahir Whitehead, who played under Rhule with the Owls. “I forget which guy he was going up against, but I would say he was probably about twice Matt’s size. Matt says he didn’t care. It was like, ‘we’ve got to show you guys how to get going.’”Rhule joked that he won’t be doing that again at the NFL level.“These guys are way too fast and explosive,” Rhule said with a laugh. “Not a chance.”“The great thing about coach is he’s right down there in it with us,” Bridgewater said.If practice isn’t moving along fast enough, players and coaches will hear about it from Rhule. He’s not a stickler for long practices, saying he prefers shorter ones as long as the tempo is fast and upbeat.“If you came to our Baylor practice, it would have been 10 times faster because we weren’t in the huddle,” said Rhule, who spent the past three years coaching the Bulldogs.“Sometimes (offensive coordinator) Joe Brady kind of laughs at me because I get a little antsy. ’Get the play in and go!’ I don’t want practice to ever feel like drudgery. Let’s rock! Let’s go!”Safety Juston Burris said one of the reasons he signed with Carolina this offseason is because he heard players who played for Rhule were willing to “run through a brick wall for him.”He believes it now.“From the first week you could tell that he is a man who commands a room and commands respect,” Burris said.Bridgewater feels it every day, and loves what he sees.“We are bringing that energy and feeding off coach’s energy,” Bridgewater said. “From the time you finish that stretching period you have to turn that switch on.”In other words, Rhule expects his players to match his energy.“That’s always been the type of guy he is, and that’s why I’ve always respected him,” Whitehead said. “What he asks and requests from you is all you can give, all your energy and everything and go 100 miles (per hour) on the field. And he does the exact same thing.”Rhule is in the process of developing relationships with his players, many of whom he is still getting to know in person after an virtual offseason filled with Zoom meetings and distance learning.On Monday, he let players who have children come in late so they could be there with their kids for their first day of school, even though many in the Charlotte area are operating on remote learning because of the coronavirus.But when players are in the building, Rhule is expecting their best and hasn’t been shy about calling out players if they make a mistake in practice.And Burris said that’s just fine by him.“Hey we’ve got a bunch of guys in this group that don’t want to be coddled,” Burris said. “We want to win. We have a coach we believe in. He has a formula and we’re following behind that.”Image credits: AP Last Updated: 18th August, 2020 09:09 IST Panthers Coach Rhule Bringing Energy, Earning Respect In the middle of Monday’s first padded training camp practice, first-year Panthers coach Matt Rhule blew a whistle and stopped the action during a defensive line drilllast_img read more

There’s a ’40 percent’ chance Rob Gronkowski comes out of retirement, returns to Patriots, report says

first_imgIt all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine. Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization. Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success. To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of. I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.A post shared by Rob Gronkowski (@gronk) on Mar 24, 2019 at 2:53pm PDTGronkowski said last month he had no plans to return to the field. But, he reportedly participated in a private workout with New England quarterback Tom Brady in early July.”There’s definitely going to be times when you miss it and everything,” Gronkowski said during an appearance on the “Rich Eisen Show” in late June. “I would always say that it’s still the offseason right now. I mean I can’t really say how I’m going to feel about it when the games start rolling around and everything. You know, I just felt like it was time.”I feel really good right now and it was just definitely something I felt like it was the right time and the right thing to do. To have that load off your back, I mean I’ve been playing football for 15 years straight in a row of that grind. Just relaxing right now feels good.” Tom Brady throws to Rob Gronkowski in private LA workout, report says Gronkowski retired with 521 regular season catches for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns. He’s the Patriots’ career leader in touchdowns and is tied for the second-most receiving scores in playoff history.New England is scheduled to open training camp next week. The 30-year-old announced he was stepping away from football on Instagram in late March. He spent all nine of his NFL seasons in New England, winning three Super Bowls during his time with the team.  “It’s time to move forward and move forward with a big smile on my face knowing that the New England Patriots organization, Pats nation and all my fans will truly be a big part of my heart for the rest of my life,” Gronkowski wrote at the time. “It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great, established organization.” Related News View this post on Instagram Patriots’ Sony Michel running at ‘full tilt’ after knee surgery, report says Could Rob Gronkowski’s retirement last less than one season?There’s a “40 percent” chance Gronkowski returns to the Patriots in 2019, according to a report from ProFootballTalk, which cites an unidentified source close to the tight end.last_img read more

Sterling, to AS: “The Zidane thing is not flower, but formula”

first_img“I do not want to be favorites in the European Championship. Spain a team that is always a challenge” 10 England has a great team for the European Championship this summer. Does the tournament arrive at your best personal moment?It is a good opportunity for us. In general, watching our players, but especially in the lead: Sancho, Rashford, Kane … They are players who are playing very well, but not only that, they are also leading their teams as examples. That’s why it’s a good time for England, but we also need to prove it in a great tournament. The World Cup went well, but I think we have improved since that much, especially in the attack, which is now more talented. Now we need to make a name for ourselves and the European Championship is a giant dream for me and my country, so it is something I am fully prepared for, as for any other tournament.In which position of favorites would you put England?I do not want as favorites. I hope nobody puts us as favorites, but when the day comes we are there.And to Spain?In summer you can not leave the ball too much because it seems that they will never lose it and you do not want to go home soon and start the preseason. They always have a good team and good players continue to appear over the years. It is a team that is always a challenge. According to Transfermarkt, he is the second most expensive player in the world (€ 160M), tied with Neymar and only surpassed by Mbappé (€ 200M). What is missing to be at least on the podium of the Golden Ball or win the Player of The Year in England?Especially last year, he speaks for himself that we won poker in England and then no player of ours will take the Player of the Year. It was given to a Liverpool player that I think he had a fantastic season, but … It happened in previous seasons, when Touré participated in 20 goals as a midfielder. Or with Agüero, who has been here since 2011, scores incredible goals and has never won. I think these players are not treated the same as those of the other teams in England and the world. De Bruyne was amazing the first year we won the Premier. Whenever we win something they give it to the rival team. It is the kind of thing that does not depend on us, but still we continue.JAVIER GANDUL & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Sterling poses with Real Madrid and Manchester City shirts for AS in Manchester.JAVIER GANDUL (DAILY AS) Is it something you think about?Everyone can see it. It is impossible that we win the Premier four or five times without the Player of the Year. This year Liverpool will win and surely the MVP will be some player of his. We are not treated with the same respect.Madrid loved him and there are still rumors about it. How do you receive them?It’s something you can see all the time, but I’m a City player and I’m enjoying the moment, even if things have not gone as planned in the Premier. We have a great opportunity in the Champions League, although I still say that Madrid is a fantastic club, in a country with incredible weather. But I repeat: I am very happy in the City. Would he be in his eleven?Insurance. 100%And you, by level, in Real Madrid?(Laughs). It’s one of those things … Now I’m in the City and I’m very happy, but I also say that Madrid is a fantastic club. When you see the white shirt you know exactly what the club represents, it’s huge. Although I have to say that I have a great contract with the City (until 2023) and I have to respect it. But it is a fantastic club. Accompanied by two members of your agency, Colossal Sports Management, Raheem Sterling (Jamaica, 25 years old) receives AS at the luxurious Lowry Hotel, the same one in which Mourinho lived in his stage in Manchester. Until his injury, Raheem was the top goal generator (20 goals and 6 assists) of his club, which prohibits this newspaper from questions about the UEFA sanction. Risueño and confident of arriving at the Bernabéu, analyzes the tie, among other topics, during a talk of about an hour. This is the first part… Where was he during the draw?We had gathered at the training center to watch the raffle, something we always do and it’s a lot of fun. We reacted well when we knew it was Madrid. You know it’s a great club, but also a challenge and, so I’m sorry in the Champions League, if you want to do it right, it’s best to play against the best teams. And there is no better challenge than Madrid.That Madrid was worse than today. Have you followed its evolution?Yes, but I say from the heart that both then and now, always, will be a difficult game, regardless of whether they are in good or bad time. Just for the atmosphere, the historic Bernabéu … And especially now that they are doing very well. But I also have total confidence in our team. And, if we have the day, I think we can win.Zidane has been key in the improvement, but I don’t know if he knows there are those who say he is basically lucky. They call it ‘The flower of Zidane’. How do you see it?I think winning the Champions League many times, especially in a row, is very difficult. Flower? I don’t think it’s luck, but definitely formula. Some people have that winning mentality and he wins anyway. I would say that it is something that he has probably developed in his great career as a player and now as a coach, so he keeps this winning touch. I do not think that when you win it is luck, but a winning mentality. The goals are good at the end. Are you aware that Madrid too?Yes, we know how difficult it will be. It is probably one of the most important tests of our careers. I think it is a great year for us in the Champions League because the Premier has not gone as planned. This is our chance to go out and show what we are made of. Today there are not many teams that can stop us.Which Madrid player would sign if he had a team?To Modric. I’ve played against him a couple of times, especially with Croatia, and I don’t know, just the way he floats … It’s very nice to look at. 7 He said in the past that “anyone’s dream of growing up is to look at the shirt of an outside team in a sunny country.” Would you like to play in Madrid one day?(Laughs). How do I answer this question? Is the camera recording live or just taking pictures? No one knows what awaits him in the future. I am a player who is always open to challenges, but he is currently in the City.He had a problem in Spain-England of 2018 with Ramos, who said he had not stepped on it. Did they talk or apologize after the game?It was a match and we both tried to win for our countries. He knows he stepped on me, but he is one of those who … He didn’t think it was missing and I do, things that happen sometimes. Love was not lost. He is a player whom I admire for everything he does. He is a true role model and an icon, someone you listen to when he speaks. At the end of the game everything was fine, with love. “Playing in Madrid? No one knows what awaits him in the future. I am a player who is always open to challenges, but he is now in the City” In addition to Brahim, is it related to any Real Madrid player?No, but I have seen Isco or Marcelo a couple of times on vacation. If I see Brahim putting something good on Instagram I say “keep it up” or “good luck”, but not continuously.last_img read more