Kenny Pickett absolutely deserves to be Pittsburgh’s Week 1 starter; an original change of camp in Detroit

Detroit sophomore coach Dan Campbell took a different approach to training camp earlier this week. On Monday, the Lions conducted a player-led workout with team leaders guiding their teammates through a series of individual drills and team periods. There were no assistant coaches on the field, Campbell simply watching from the sidelines.

Although the training schedule and scripts were provided by the coaching staff, the team leaders were responsible for supervising the drills and making sure everyone was meeting the standards.

“Well, he told us this morning that the players were going to go out there and do their own practice,” Lions veteran left tackle Taylor Decker said Monday. via MLive.com. “‘Here are the team scenarios we want to perform and you’re going to go in there and run the show.’ I think it’s great to do. Because honestly, on a game day, we’re out there, we have to communicate, we have to be accountable to each other.

This unique type of arrangement fosters the commitment, accountability and trust between players and coaches that is necessary to perform at a high level. Additionally, it forces players to master their leadership and communication skills. Since today’s society often communicates through text or various social media channels, coaches should spend more time teaching their players to talk to each other between the lines. Additionally, the player-led sessions challenged team leaders to be very clear and direct with their instructions and expectations.

“He just told us, he was like, ‘This is what practice – these are the times we want to practice and the coaches won’t be there.’ That’s about it,” Decker said. “I just left it at that. So, OK. Like I said, we come here and we work every day. It doesn’t matter if the coaches are there or not. We know what to do and how to do it. Obviously we need coaches But we shouldn’t need them here so we can do a good job Because we are professionals I don’t need a cheerleader to get me off . Pretty cool. I’ve never seen anything like that, so it was fun to hang out here.”

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