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Giants' Weston Richburg critical of teaching in NFL, work ethic of some players

Big Blue center doesn't hold back in revealing discussion with other NFL players about the state of offensive line play in the league.

Weston Richburg
Weston Richburg
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New York Giants offensive lineman Weston Richburg, during a sit-down with Pete Prisco of CBS Sports and several other NFL offensive linemen at the O-Line Performance Center run by former NFL lineman LeCharles, slammed the state of offensive line coaching in the NFL, the work ethics of some players -- including teammates - and the work of the analytics site Pro Football Focus.

On the amount of teaching of offensive line technique that gets done at the NFL level:

"There isn't much teaching going on at all. It's kind of sink or swim. That's why I am here.

"They try and put you in a cookie-cutter. ... You have to be coachable and respect what they say. But ultimately you're the one out there on Sunday. You have to do what you are trained to do."

On why more players don't do things like work at the Performance Center:

"The percentage of guys who are just OK to be there (in the league) is pretty high. This [the Performance Center] is pretty rare. The majority of my offensive line is not doing anything right now. ... I know a lot of guys are just happy to be there. That's the difference between them and the guys who are here."

On the grades assigned by Pro Football Focus:

"On Twitter, I get tagged in so much PFF (Pro Football Focus) stuff. You hear this stuff, but you have to look at the source. Most of these people who talk about offensive line play don't know anything about offensive line play. ... My rookie year I was really low in PFF. Last year, I got better. People tagged me (on Twitter) both years. I don't want to hear either side of it. I know how I am doing. It causes a bunch of clutter in my mind. It's the wrong source."

Joining Richburg in this conversion were Bobby Massie and Kyle Long. It's a story you really should read in its entirety. Richburg is not the only one making the criticisms.

I'm not going to get into which Giants players Richburg might have been talking about. Nor am I going to get into whether or not Richburg would have been better off to keep some of that to himself. You guys can talk about those things yourselves, and I'm sure you will.