Aug 24, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Rams concluded their second fall camp under Head Coach Jim McElwain on Saturday afternoon with a situational scrimmage.
The entire day was treated like a game day. The Rams had meetings in the morning and then loaded up on three buses and headed to Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. The team entered the stadium after going through ‘Ram Walk.’ They went through pregame warm ups, went into the locker room and put on their pads before taking the field for a two-hour scrimmage.
“We were really focused as a team today and I think that speaks volumes for where they’re at from a mental standpoint,” McElwain said.
After the second scrimmage, McElwain was disappointed with the communication between the booth and sideline. After Saturday, his opinion changed.
“I was really happy with the game management part, from the communication from the booth to the sideline to the field and all special teams as well,” McElwain said.
With the team in shorts and pads, McElwain expected a crisp practice to wrap up fall camp and that is what he got.
“The five paces we play in were a lot better this scrimmage then they had been,” McElwain said. “We played a full quarter and then worked a bunch of individual situations that may come up. As a coach, what you try to do is hopefully cover it and when it does come up, you get some recall there. We’ll go back and really do a good job of teaching off of this video.”
As fall camp wrapped up, McElwain took time to reflect on his teams improvement.
“I really think we’re a little bit ahead of where I anticipated,” McElwain said. “I think that probably has to do with the maturity of some of the guys on our team and their commitment to each other. Their commitment to “One Town, One Team, One Dream” is an affirmation I’ve really seen carried through this camp.”
2013 fall camp has been full of guests and the coaching staff wasn’t going to let camp end without one last speaker. On Saturday, Sonny Lubick came out and watched the scrimmage before speaking to the team for about 10 minutes.
To have Sonny (Lubick) come out and speak to the team from the heart – these guys of course, know exactly what this place stood for when Sonny was here and had it really rolling. I’m really thankful he was able to come out and spend some time with our guys,” McElwain said.
Last year Lubick addressed the Rams in a team meeting during camp but McElwain was glad to finally get the former head coach back out to the stadium.
“It’s the first time he’s addressed them in the house that he built and that’s the way it should be and that’s the way I wanted it,” McElwain said. “He looked really comfortable in front of the troops and it’s great to see.”
Now the Rams will get a day off on Sunday and will get into their game week routine on Monday.
“The guys will get some time off, get a chance to get off their legs before we go into preparation for the first game of the year,” McElwain said.
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