BEREA – Browns interim coach Terry Robiskie has an idea that he thinks might cut down on the inordinate number of injuries suffered by the Browns each season.
Robiskie thinks that offseason conditioning should start later than the third week of March. He also doesn't agree with ex-coach Butch Davis' requirement that injured players begin working out as early as the end of January.
Robiskie thinks there's a limit to the amount of work a body can handle. He used defensive end Courtney Brown as an example.
"I've already sat down and had a conversation with him," Robiskie said. "I said if this thing works out and I'm going to be the head coach next year, the first thing I'm going to suggest to you is to get out of the weight room. Get out the building, basically. Take your wife and take a trip and get away from football for a while.
"I've never been around a guy that lifted weights and worked out as much as Courtney Brown does. If I was single and wanted to be out on the streets, I'd want to look like him and have his body. For whatever reason, it isn't working with Courtney. He goes in the weight room and beats up his body. He looks good, but he goes out and breaks a bone."
Robiskie has no problem with the training techniques of conditioning coach Budy Morris. It's the amount of time the players put into conditioning that concerns Robiskie.
"I've never been on a team where guys come back so early," Robiskie said. "Buddy Morris would shoot me if he heard me saying this, but I believe there's only so much a body has in it. There are only so many lifts."
Players seem to agree with Robiskie that too much time is spent on conditioning during the offseason.
"I think they need to start that later," fullback Terrelle Smith said. "You do too much in the offseason. Your body can only take so much. Once the body quits, it quits. It happens because you over-exert yourself."
CAMP BEREA NO MORE? If Robiskie becomes the Browns next coach, don't be surprised if training camp is eventually conducted at a site away from the team's practice facility.
"I would do everything I could not to have it here in Berea," Robiskie said. "The second thing I would do is make absolutely certain that every player on this team had a roommate. I always believed that if I'm going to go to battle with you, I need to know you."
Teams have recently trended towards tarining at their regular facility because of the costs involved in moving equipment to a remote site. Robiskie believes the cost is worth it.
"I you get away, wherever you're going it's a different feel and a different environment," Robiskie said. "You realize, ‘I'm at that place for a reason.' What is that reason? Football. I think it's good to pick up and get away and find a place where you can go and have peace and do nothing but football."
HOLCOMB HOPEFUL: Quarterback Kelly Holcomb had another good day on the practice field. No decision has been made concerning Holcomb's ability to stand a hit to his injured ribs.
WALKING WOUNDED: Tight end Aaron Shea (ankle-knee) and tight end Steve Heiden (ankle) participated in practice Thursday. Offensive tackle Joaquin Gonzalez, who was ill Wednesday, was able to get in some work. Offensive tackle Ross Verba and receiver Dennis Northcutt both sat out the session with sore backs.