Training camp dates for the rest of the league


NFL TRAINING CAMPS OPEN THIS WEEK
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BROWNS FIRST IN ON FRIDAY

"Helmets on!  Buckle 'em up!"

That's what coaches will say to players this week as the first group of NFL teams report to training camp.

Four clubs will begin their on-field preparations for NFL Kickoff 2010 this week, starting with the Cleveland Browns on Friday, July 23 when their rookies report.

Three teams will follow this weekend, starting with the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, July 24 and then the rookie class of two more clubs on Sunday, July 25 - the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers.

By August 1, every NFL team will be in camp.

 

For the second consecutive year, 17 of the 32 NFL teams will be "staying home" for training camp, which represents more than half the league (53 percent).  In 2001, only 5 of 31 (16 percent) teams stayed close to home.

When he accepted the position of Washington Redskins executive vice president/head coach in January, MIKE SHANAHAN liked the idea of "going away" for training camp to build his team in his image.

But after viewing the considerable meeting space and pristine practice fields at Redskins Park and hearing stories about the huge fan support the team received at the club's Ashburn, Virginia facility during recent camps, he changed his mind.

"I have heard about the passionate fans and the huge, enthusiastic crowds that come out to support our team during training camp," says Shanahan.  "I'm looking forward to sharing in this experience for the first time. Training camp is the time our players build their identity as a team, and we are pleased to begin laying the foundation for the 2010 season in front of Redskins Nation."

Here's a look at the number of NFL teams that stayed home for training camp the past 10 years:

YEAR

NFL TEAMS WITH HOME

TRAINING CAMPS (PCT.)

 

YEAR

NFL TEAMS WITH HOME

TRAINING CAMPS (PCT.)

2001

5 of 31 (16%)

2006

13 of 32 (41%)

2002

7 of 32 (22%)

2007

17 of 32 (53%)

2003

12 of 32 (38%)

2008

14 of 32 (44%)

2004

12 of 32 (38%)

2009

17 of 32 (53%)

2005

15 of 32 (47%)

2010

17 of 32 (53%)

The Saints' dream 2009 season began with a home training camp before culminating with the franchise's first NFL title.  The club decided to remain in Metairie, Louisiana for the first time at the Saints practice facility for training camp last summer.

"As NFL training facilities evolve and develop, there is a trend to want to maximize the exposure your team has to all of the amenities that help make training camp successful," says New Orleans general manager MICKEY LOOMIS.  "Training camp is a very physically and mentally demanding period of time for the players, and by being able to utilize our facilities, we feel like it is the best decision that we can make for our team."

The numbers may prove home-base popularity is a growing league-wide trend, but there are still teams employing the "old-time" philosophy of encamping away.  And they just might know something.

Before the Saints' Super Bowl XLIV victory, the previous four NFL champions all trained away from home at college training sites, starting with the Pittsburgh Steelers (XL, XLIII) and continuing with the Indianapolis Colts (XLI) and New York Giants (XLII).

"You could just feel the way that the team was coming together, and it went through the whole year," says New York Jets owner WOODY JOHNSON, whose team trained at SUNY-Cortland last summer en route to an AFC Championship Game appearance.  The club recently extended its agreement with the university through 2012.

"The trends that started here at Cortland continue," says Johnson.  "Those kinds of traditions are very important."

There may be two NFL schools of thought when it comes to where to train, but the debate rages on.  When it comes down to it, Detroit Lions head coachJIM SCHWARTZ thinks how they train is even more important than where they train.

"In Tennessee, we did it both ways," says Schwartz, who spent 10 years with the Titans, including his last eight as defensive coordinator, before earning his first head-coaching opportunity last year.  "We went away. We stayed home.  We were successful both ways."

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FAMILIAR SURROUNDINGS

 

Two teams - the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs - will encamp at new training sites this year.  The Cowboys will once again return to the Alamodome in San Antonio for a portion of camp, but will also spend time in Oxnard, California and Dallas.

While some clubs have changed their training bases in the past decade, others return to familiar venues where they have spent their summer months for years.

The NFL training camp longevity king?  The Green Bay Packers, who return on July 30 for their 53rd consecutive summer at St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin.

The longest active NFL training camp tenures:

TEAM

TRAINING CAMP

CITY

YEARS

Green Bay Packers

St. Norbert College

DePere, Wisconsin

53

Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota State Mankato

Mankato, Minnesota

44

Pittsburgh Steelers

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, Pennsylvania

44

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The 2010 NFL training camp sites and reporting dates:

 

AFC

TEAM

SITE

LOCATION

ROOKIES

VETERANS

Baltimore

McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

7/26

7/28

Buffalo

St. John Fisher College

Pittsford, NY

7/29

7/29

Cincinnati

Georgetown College

Georgetown, KY

7/28

7/28

Cleveland     

Cleveland Browns Training Facility

Berea, OH

7/23

7/30

Denver

Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre

Englewood, CO

7/26

7/31

Houston

Methodist Training Center

Houston, TX

7/30

7/30

Indianapolis

Anderson University

Anderson, IN

8/1

8/1

Jacksonville

Jacksonville Municipal Stadium

Jacksonville, FL

7/29

7/29

Kansas City

Missouri Western State University

St. Joseph, MO

7/29

7/29

Miami

Miami Dolphins Training Facility

Davie, FL

7/30

7/30

New England

Gillette Stadium

Foxboro, MA

7/25

7/28

NY Jets

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY

7/29

8/1

Oakland

Napa Valley Marriott

Napa Valley, CA

7/28

7/28

Pittsburgh

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

7/30

7/30

San Diego

Chargers Park

San Diego, CA

7/25

7/30

Tennessee

Baptist Sports Park

Nashville, TN

7/31

7/31

 

 

NFC

TEAM

SITE

LOCATION

ROOKIES

VETERANS

Arizona

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

7/30

7/30

Atlanta

Atlanta Falcons Training Facility

Flowery Branch, GA

7/29

7/29

Carolina

Wofford College

Spartanburg, SC

7/28

7/28

Chicago

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL

7/30

7/30

Dallas*

Alamodome/Marriott Residence Inn

Oxnard River Ridge

San Antonio, TX/

Oxnard, CA

7/24

7/24

Detroit

Detroit Lions Training Facility

Allen Park, MI

7/30

7/30

Green Bay

St. Norbert College

De Pere, WI

7/30

7/30

Minnesota

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mankato, MN

7/30

7/30

New Orleans

New Orleans Saints Training Facility

Metairie, LA

7/29

7/29

NY Giants

University at Albany

Albany, NY

8/1

8/1

Philadelphia

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

7/26

7/29

St. Louis

Russell Training Center

Earth City, MO

7/28

7/30

San Francisco

Marie P. DeBartolo Sports Center

Santa Clara, CA

7/30

7/31

Seattle

Virginia Mason Athletic Center

Renton, WA

7/29

7/30

Tampa Bay

One Buccaneer Place

Tampa, FL

7/30

7/30

Washington

Redskins Park

Ashburn, VA

7/29

7/29

* Dallas will train in San Antonio (7/24-8/6), Dallas (8/7-8/13), and Oxnard, CA (8/14-8/27).

2010 NFL PRESEASON NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

 

DATE

GAME

NETWORK (TIME)

Sunday, August 8

Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, Canton, OH:

Cincinnati vs. Dallas

NBC (8:00 PM)

Thursday, August 12

Carolina at Baltimore

ESPN (8:00 PM)

Monday, August 16

New York Giants at New York Jets

ESPN (8:00 PM)

Thursday, August 19

New England at Atlanta

FOX (8:00 PM)

Friday, August 20

Philadelphia at Cincinnati

FOX (8:00 PM)

Sunday, August 22

Minnesota at San Francisco

NBC (8:00 PM)

Monday, August 23

Arizona at Tennessee

ESPN (8:00 PM)

Thursday, August 26

Indianapolis at Green Bay

ESPN (8:00 PM)

Friday, August 27

San Diego at New Orleans

CBS (8:00 PM)

Saturday, August 28

Dallas at Houston

CBS (8:00 PM)

Sunday, August 29

Pittsburgh at Denver

FOX (8:00 PM)

 

It looks like the last two teams to report to camp are the Colts and the Giants. The 49ers are with the rest of the pack in reporting to camp on the 30th, and the Patriots and the Chargers are jumping the gun by reporting on the 25th. The Cowboys are reporting on the 24th but they've got at least a day's worth (if not two day's worth) of travel time so they don't count. (Do you really need to have training camp in three locations and two states?)

Here's hoping the extra time for the Browns pays off (instead of wearing them down.)

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