Feb. 25, 2013
METAIRIE, La. - Two days after saying he was "disappointed" with the way his team practiced, second-year Tulane University head football coach Curtis Johnson had his team firing on all cylinders on Monday as the Green Wave opened week three of spring practice at the New Orleans Saints indoor facility on Airline Drive.
The team went through its usual gamut of drills and Johnson was quick to heap praise on his players as the practice came to a close.
"We came in today with great energy," Johnson said. "We had a little break with a day off yesterday and they had energy and ran around today. I thought we had a great practice. They just needed a day off to get their minds right and refocus. I just told them that we can't win with them practicing like they did on Saturday. Today, I thought they were good."
While the routine did not change much on Monday, the pace was slower and more deliberate as the Green Wave spent most of the day focusing on details. The team held positionals, 7-of-7 and full-team drills, and spent a fair amount of time working on special teams.
One major change, however, was the look of the cornerbacks. Position coach Lionel Washington, who starred at Tulane from 1979-82 before embarking on a 15-year playing career in the NFL, had his players done tape on the peripheral of their shields to serve as blinders.
"Our corners have bad eyes," Johnson said. "They need glasses like I have. So what we did was put blinders on them to teach them to focus on what they are doing. It worked out well and they had a good day today. The thing about corners if that you have to watch what is happening. You have to keep your eyes on your luggage. You have to be able to watch where your man is going."
The Green Wave will enjoy a day away from the field on Tuesday before returning to practice on Wednesday with a closed session beginning at 8 a.m. Tulane will also have closed practices at the Saints facility on March 1, 4, 6 and 8, while holding a pair of open practices on Saturday, March 2, and again on Saturday, March 9. Both of those practices will take place at Tad Gormley Stadium.