New defensive coordinator Ray Horton lost a lot by not getting to work with his players this offseason, but it wasn’t just about teaching schemes and getting on-field reps. Horton also lost a chance to get to know the players, always a key when you are a coach — knowing what it takes to motivate a guy.
So every night at meetings, Horton picks three players to stand up and announce three statements about themselves. Two are true. One is false. The rest of the group has to pick out the false statement.
“Some guys come up with some good lies, some guys come up with funny ones, sometimes you can’t tell which one is a lie at all,” defensive end Calais Campbell said. “It’s kinda cool. It’s a good bonding experience. It’s like bein a kid again, going to summer camp.”
Campbell’s favorite “lie” came from nose tackle Dan Williams. “Everyone was coming up with serious lies and he hit us that was was a vegitarian,” Campbell said. “We were laughing so hard. No one was expecting that.”
There is a purpose, though. Horton uses it as a tool to discover who he is dealing with.
“I am trying to learn their personalities along with their faces and their names,” Horton said. “I am trying to learn everything in a five-week period. Who to coddle, who to push. Green Bay, Pittsburgh, they don’t have to do that. … They are learning to trust me, I am learning to trust them.”
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