Training camp is under way, and is it ever!
Even though this is the “early reporting period,” I don’t think that applies to the media. We have had upwards of 55 people at a given practice, none with fewer than 35 (but, who’s counting)!
Seth Wickersham of ESPN.com visits on Thursday, Charley Casserly of CBS and Jay Glazer of FOX will be here on Friday. Next week, other out-of-towners are scheduled to make appearances, and this is all a mixed blessing.
We are always happy to have interest in the team — that is what we are trying to generate. But this interest on their part has to be tempered with both philosophical and logistical realities on our end.
It involves the juggling of time and schedules that is never devoid of team meetings to an extensive degree both before and after practice, practice itself, and preparation regarding our future opponents. Sooner or later, every training camp has future opponents!
We have four radio stations with tents set up for live broadcasts here at training camp. That includes flagship station KOA, which has a contractual relationship with the team and certain members of the organization, along with 104.3 The Fan, ESPN Radio 1600, and Mile High Sports Radio 1510.
All are welcome, but it is not possible for public relations to personally hand-deliver every guest—not that they ask that, anyways.
Upon the conclusion of practice, players and Head Coach Josh McDaniels leave the field and are descended upon by 50-or-so press people, including newspaper beat writers, columnists, television reporters and radio producers. For the next several minutes, a journalistic frenzy takes place, before peace again settles over the Dove Valley practice fields.
That is until the next practice, when it all starts up again.
We have a great group of players, and a media corps that is aware of and overall very understanding of our policies and procedures.
In a situation like this, with this much media around, there absolutely has to be a set of policies and procedures in place. Everybody gets something, and is able to do his/her job, but everyone has to understand that he/she is not the only one here. There is a whole lot of sharing going on, which is what makes the whole thing work.
In training camp, every day in which you don’t get trampled, literally or figuratively, is a great one.
To paraphrase a line from Apocalypse Now, you have to love the smell of the fresh cut grass in the morning,
We are all in, and moving forward.