When NFL teams add coaches to their staff at the midway point of the regular season, turmoil is usually a precursor of the move.
Yet, here is an exception to that.
“He’s also got his duties now as assistant wide receivers coach,” head coach Chuck Pagano said on Wednesday.
“So as far as sitting in the meetings, going through the plan, watching the tape, studying the opponent – now he can just dive in and really break down our opponent’s secondary, their corners and give that information to other wide receivers and spread that information in that room and help the young guys.”
Wayne is spending his rehab at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, something that the Pagano regime wanted to make happen
with as many IR players as possible.
Obviously the balance is difficult (need the “man power”) with rehab guys and the current players but Pagano loves having everyone around the building.
“We want to keep them engaged because a lot of times they have this separation deal where they feel like they’re not part of it anymore. It’s great to have their presence,” Pagano says.
“They come to team meetings, they sit in position meetings so they stay engaged from a mental standpoint so they’re not removing themselves totally from football. So when they do come back and they’re cleared to participate at some point, it’s not like starting over from a mental standpoint. I think it’s a healthy thing for everybody.”
Even though the competitive nature of Wayne on the field won’t be present for the rest of 2013, that spirit has transferred over to the training room.
“I think (trainer) Dave (Hammer) told me eight and a half hours in here yesterday rehabbing; he beat everybody in. And that’s Reggie being Reggie.”
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