Some NFL head coaches welcome the odd skirmish during training camp practices, while others are staunchly against them. Consider new Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks firmly among those who don’t want to have anything to do with fighting, or hazing, for that matter.
Mike Jurecki notes that “hazing wasn’t an issue in previous years under [Bruce] Arians,” and shared that players who fight “will be subject to running gassers and will be thrown out of practice.”
It’s admirable that he’s taking such a strong stance against teammates going after each other. After all, we saw last year just how dangerous that can be thanks to an incident that occurred up in Seattle.
Clearly, Wilks is doing everything he can to establish a professional environment. He’s setting a tone for what he expects out of his players in his first head-coaching gig as a pro, and we’ll be watching with great interest to see how he does in the coming years.