I thought today was April Fools’ Day, not Groundhog Day.
Jenkins admits now that last spring — when the defense got the better of the offense in some scrimmages, including G-Day — led to some false confidence.
“After all those practices, we might have got a little too over ourselves, we thought a little too highly, then we slacked off a little bit,” Jenkins said. “Then when it came down to putting the work back in, we were a little bit off, a little behind.”
This spring, the focus is more on technique and fundamentals, as players and a new defensive staff get to know each other. The talk is less brash — at least for the most part.
“Our goals are way different from last year,” linebacker Ramik Wilson said. “We know what we’ve gotta do. No more talking, we’ve just gotta go out there and get better.”
Said Jenkins, “It’s a fresh start. But it feels like it’s a different vibe around here. Guys want to be holding everyone else accountable for something. We’re not letting guys get away with the small stuff, and the coaches certainly aren’t, either. They’re getting on us. I feel like we’re doing a lot of the small things now. We’re doing the technique work. … The coaches really just want to see us succeed. They’re always available for us. They’re just going the extra mile, compared to last year.”
You know how a stopped clock is still right twice a day? Maybe it’s that time.