The start of the 2022 NFL season is less than five months away, and teams are starting to ramp up their preparations.
After the Scouting Combine, the teams underwent free agency to beef up their rosters.
Then, offseason workout programs are about to start, as shared through the NFL Football Operations Twitter page.
— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) April 11, 2022
The tweet reads, “The @Broncos, @HoustonTexans, @Jaguars, @Raiders, @Vikings, and @Buccaneers kick off their offseason workout programs today to prepare for the upcoming season.”
That’s six of the 32 NFL teams, and all hired new coaches this offseason.
Most of the hires were offensive-minded coaches, with former Super Bowl winner Doug Pederson leading the way for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is now at the helm for the Denver Broncos.
Josh McDaniels will also have his second head coaching stint, this time with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings hired former Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell.
The two remaining teams on that list, the Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, hired Lovie Smith and Todd Bowles, respectively.
A Brief Explanation Of Offseason Workout Programs
The league allows these programs to give coaches time to train and teach their players.
New head coaches are often given the advantage to go first because of the learning curve for their system.
Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement states that each team has a voluntary nine-week offseason program divided into three parts.
The first part is purely strength and conditioning, while part two may include on-field workouts and drills.
Phase three involves up to ten days of organized team practice.
Drills are allowed, but not to the point of contact.
Each team may also hold a mandatory minicamp for veterans and a seven-week football development program for rookies.