This time of the year is one in which we are in the midst of four weeks of field work, first a couple of weeks of quarterback camp, then two weeks of team camp, although there are a prescribed number of maximum days that teams can spend on the field in the offseason.
And the media is busy during this time as well, getting interviews and setting the ground work for future interviews as well.
You can read and view a lot about both new and old players on this web site, of course.
The PR department is busy working with the media, coordinating where they can go, etc., but also getting much of our own work done, inclduing getting the new head shots taken for our media guide and other publications.
Veteran team photographer Eric Bakke is taking those pictures, and Eric is truly the pro’s pro–he has been my photographer for 20 years.
Rebecca Villanueva, our Media Services Manager, works with Eric in making sure every player is properly identified, has a jersey on and has no unusual clothing items underneath.
A common theme expressed by everyone in my department, including Eric and Rebecca, who have had to deal with every new guy, is that this is a great bunch of people in terms of attitude, politeness, promptness and how they treat other people.
I have had the same sense as the players are coming off the field after each workout.
This is a very likeable group of players.
While that does not automatically translate into good performance, it doesn’t hurt, either.
And it shows that the player personnel department was on top of its game in how they identified every new player who was brought into the organization.
If you are a good guy off the field, you are probably a good one on the field as well.
And that benefits the entire organization and community.
We are in mid-camp mode at this time, so this has to be brief, but I had to pause long enough to relate my opinion via blog that this is a good bunch, and I have found that to be a very positive sign in the past.
My guess is it will prove out in 2008 as well.