The scene was straight out of something coach Ken Whisenhunt likely would have drawn up himself: Cornerback Michael Adams, on the practice fields after Tuesday’s workout, doing some extra agility work. He wasn’t alone, joined by second-year defensive backs Greg Toler and Rashad Johnson, as well as new linebacker Stevie Baggs.
And Adams was coaching them.
Not a lot. He was showing Baggs what drills to do and, perhaps more importantly, why the players should do them. It’s a part of the NFL offseason Baggs hasn’t been through, and neither have Toler and Johnson — both of whom were waiting to be drafted at this time last year. “I’m just trying to be a good teammate,” Adams said.”If I get better and the people around me get better, then the team gets better. That’s all.”
Adams said he has always planned on becoming a coach when his playing days are over, eventually finding leading what he promises will be “the best high school team out there.” For now, he’s sticking to the NFL, working off the precedent set by former teammate Ralph Brown, who was known for taking younger players under his wing. Now, Adams pays it forward.
“Ralph always would explain why were were doing it,” Adams said. “If I can learn something from Ralph, someone can learn something from me, that person can teach someone else, it’s an ongoing cycle and we keep getting pretty good players.”
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