This gives offense vs. defense a whole new meaning.
Uppercuts, haymakers, headlocks, head-slaps, cursing and consequences defined the temperamental Baltimore Ravensâ€™ minicamp practice. It wasnâ€™t a Vince McMahon creation. It was a case of warring factions: offense versus defense.
A series of melees Wednesday eventually completely eroded Ravens coach Brian Billickâ€™s tolerance for the unscripted, extracurricular activity, so he halted practice early. Billick ordered the entire football team to run â€˜gassers,â€™ a demanding regimen of sideline-to-sideline sprints rarely seen in the NFL.
â€œSince you donâ€™t want to practice and you donâ€™t want to think, youâ€™re going to run until I get [expletive] tired of seeing you run,â€ Billick bellowed. â€œGet your [butts] on the sideline!â€
As promised, Billick kept blowing his whistle as the players ran at least eight sprints. Several hefty linemen were left bent over and gasping for air.
â€œIf you can fight, you can run,â€ receiver Derrick Mason told his teammates while out in front of the pack of runners. â€œYouâ€™ve got to watch each otherâ€™s back.â€
Words fail. Couldn’t happen to a better team.
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