One of the changes the past week is the elimination of the “pit,” the side area where injured players pulled weighted sleds, twisted heavy ropes, and sledge-hammered large tires, among other disciplines, during practices.
The intent was to keep injured players active and to make the pit work grueling enough to motivate players to rehab quicker.
But interim head coach Chris Naeole indicated that with three weeks remaining in the regular season, the goal is to “get guys healthy.” He said he either wants ailing players to take mental reps or to get physical-therapy treatments. He indicted that treatments should be specific toward healing.
“I need (injured) guys to get as much treatment as they can get,” Naeole said. “I need guys on Saturday. I don’t need them during the week. I need guys healthy and ready for the game.”