Outback Camp: Coordinators Impressed As Practices Wrap Up

Article written by Chris Guscott @Chris_Guscott

With five full days of practices in the books, the 83-man squad which travelled to Runaway Bay has left the coaches with some really tough choices to make come the camp’s conclusion.

The squad as a whole has left the coaches highly impressed of the level of play, as well as the progression that’s occurred throughout the practices.

Defensive Coordinator and Head Coach John Leijten has seen firsthand the progress his squad has made.

“Practice is steadily improving, so from day one until the last practice today you see guys getting better,” Leijten said.

Outback Camp 2015

“Overall, it’s just a fight through two-a-day practices for five days back-to-back; it’s also physically and mentally draining. But we have a really good group of guys who you can see are working really hard to improve, and that’s all you can ask for.”

Overall, Offensive Coordinator Paul Manera also has been impressed by the squad and consistent talent level.

“Practice is steadily improving, so from day one until the last practice today you see guys getting better,” Leijten said.

“For the most part, I’m very happy with the players, their attitudes, the way they’ve been able to pick up everything we’ve been giving them; very pleased,” Manera said.

“We’ve got a couple of guys here who are still green and learning, but for the most part there aren’t too many busts that we see out there.”

Excluding the match-length scrimmage planned for tomorrow morning as the final impression point for the players, the coordinators and position coaches will need to rely on film and notes as drills and group practice drills have finished.

Outback Training Camp 2015 Scrimmage

The offensive and defensive lines have spent plenty of time in the trenches against each other perfecting their trade, whilst the rest of the squad has been combined for open passing drills and coverage practice.

Manera is already in the midst of trying to answer some of the questions presented to him by his offensive unit.

“We measure the players daily and we’re already having discussions based on personnel groups, depth chart, how many people in each position we’re going to take so there’s some issues as well,” Manera said.

“If we’re going to take extra receivers (for example), they have to be someone that can win us a football game, as opposed to taking receivers for the basis of it. We’re still working out that mix.”

Leijten shares the same thoughts when referring to his side of the ball.

“You make a list every day. It’s too soon to make any decisions, but there are ideas from every position coach; they have ideas about what the depth chart is by their position but it’s also constantly changing, so literally every snap, every day counts,” Leijten said.

“Ultimately it’s about being perfect in July, not just now. We’re happy with how it’s going.”