The Arizona coach made the team run sprints at the end of their session, something he has only done once in his four years as head coach, according to USA Today.
So what prompted the drills at the end of the day? Not playing well.
The former Bengals quarterback had read a study by the VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine that found 110 of 111 former NFL players’ brains donated to research after their deaths had CTE, which can only be diagnosed post-mortem.
CTE has been linked to repetitive head trauma but Esiason, who now works as a broadcaster for CBS, said things are better for current players.
The good news for the guys who are playing today, especially those who are playing for a long period of time, is they get paid a hell of a lot more money than we did, said Esiason, who was a four-time Pro Bowler. They have much better benefits and retirement benefits than we do.
Carr: With Connor, it’s just his poise. You can tell he’s played in an NFL game and a playoff game at that. We always joke in there. Something will come up and I’ll be like, I don’t know. Ask Connor. He’s the one with the playoff touchdown. (Laughs) So we have fun. But he is someone who has great poise, throws with great anticipation and he’s going to develop into a really good quarterback.
I truly believe that we have three starters in our room. EJ, obviously with his situation in Buffalo, when he showed up here I just wanted to show him how to have fun again. I joke with him. I just try and be a great friend, a great teammate. He’s having a good time just picking our brains and learning and getting back to having fun in football again. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s going to be starting again.