Catching up with Rich Ohrnberger: Talking about the lockout, his offseason and his coaching technique
|06.19.11 at 12:54 am ET|
We’ve been able to track down several other players during the lockout, and on Saturday, we came across offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger, working with kids as part of a “Football For YOU” clinic in Providence with teammate Jermaine Cunningham and almost 70 kids. You can see part of the conversation here — here’s more of what the guard talked about with me.
What brings you out to Providence today? “This is just a great event. Getting young area kids out here working on skills, and maybe getting an opportunity to play football this time of the year — or potentially at all, when otherwise they wouldn’t get a chance to do so.”
Going to teach them the same way that Dante Scarnecchia coaches you guys? “Maybe leave out some of the expletives [laughing]. I see a lot of that going on out here already. These coaches that they’ve brought out here helping these young guys, it’s great. You start somewhere, and I remember going to camps like this as a kid for lacrosse and football, and it’s important to do these sorts of things.”
How has your offseason been? “It’s been different [laughter], but good. I’ve gotten to see more of my family and my friends, but I haven’t been distracted from my job, which is to train hard and be ready for whenever everything gets sorted out. I’m excited for a season — I think there will be one. I just hopeful that both sides can come to an agreement soon.”
We hear good things about the labor situation — have you heard anything? Is there any cause for optimism? “You know what? Like everybody else, we just sit and wait. We gather what we can from the media, and I would say that just general optimism is the way I’ve approached this. I kind of feel like this is kind of an extended offseason, not as much work with the team, if everybody does their job, when we get back together and reconvene — whenever that is — the team will be the same team and we’ll work hard to win games. Just like every one of the other 31 teams in the National Football League.
Where have you been working out? Here? At home? “It’s been a little bit of a mixture. I’ve been doing some stuff on my own, some stuff with other guys — obviously, there are some other offensive line guys still in town. We’ve been doing some things together. But in general, it’s about doing your job and knowing what you need to do to be ready whenever it is when we get back, and so that’s what I’ve been concentrating on.”
What are some of the things you want to improve on this offseason? “Just in general coming in to the season healthy and in great shape. Stronger than I was last season. The offseasom grants you the ability to concentrate on speed, athleticism and strength training, as opposed to just being geared toward getting ready for the next game week. That’s the focus of every offseason. My training so far has been going in that direction, and I’ve been happy with all of that.”
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