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At the start of some practices http://www.redskinsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-da_ron-payne-jersey , Arizona Cardinals coach Steve Wilks calls out the name of one defensive player and one offensive player to go at it one-on-one in front of everyone else.

Once it was left tackle D.J. Humphries against defensive end Chandler Jones. Another time defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche took on right guard Justin Pugh.

"I like it a lot," Humphries said. "It's like old school, Pop Warner stuff."

A week into Wilks' first training camp as an NFL head coach, an overriding theme has been tough, physical play, especially on the offensive line.

"Really it comes back to my defensive background," Wilks said before the team took the field for another practice in pads Thursday. "There's nothing more demoralizing than having an offense just run the ball. Coming off the ball up front, being physical, it just really takes the air out of you."

While most of the training camp takes place in the air-conditioned comfort of University of Phoenix Stadium 鈥?the Cardinals' regular- season home 鈥?Wilks moved the team outside into the desert heat for practice on Tuesday. They'll be outdoors again Friday.

"Hopefully it's a little hot out there so we can make sure we're locked in and focused," he said.

Wilks believes battling the heat helps build mental toughness.

"It's all about mental with me. These guys have the skill set. They're physical. They work out all the time. They train their bodies. It's about this here," he said, pointing to his head, "and being outside creates that element, particularly in the heat."

Wilks has spent his NFL coaching career on defense, with stints as secondary coach for the Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panthers. Last year, he was promoted to defensive coordinator in Carolina and Daniel Castro Colorado Rockies Jersey , after just one season, was hired to replace the retired Bruce Arians in Arizona.

Arians was all about offense, the big-play "no risk it, no biscuit" approach. Wilks, by contrast, wants a team that runs the ball with authority and a defense that just as naturally stops the run up front.

"We get pretty physical out there," Humphries said. "Our defensive line, both of us know what we're trying to do, what we're trying to get done. It's something that's being preached to us and it's something that we're soaking up and buying into for sure. Most of us it's second nature. We don't have no softies on the O-line. Most of us, it ain't hard to get us going, so it's good fun."

Defensive players appreciate a coach with roots on that side of the ball.

"It's great," said safety Antoine Bethea, a 13-year NFL veteran. "He gets it. Not saying other coaches don't, but him being on the defensive side of the ball the majority of his career, he just gets what it means to be a defensive player, coming downhill, attacking."

But it's the offensive line that's been singled out for praise by Wilks for its physical approach early in camp.

And the line loves the idea of blowing open holes for David Johnson Isaac Yiadom Jersey Elite , one of the NFL's best running backs who returns after missing virtually all of last season with a fractured wrist.

Offensive linemen, in general, love to run block.

"It's different when you're locking a guy up in pass (blocking). You get them frustrated," Humphries said. "But when you block a dude, you pound on him during the run game, you demoralize them. You take their heart. "

Bryan Colangelo may not have authored any of the tweets himself, but he seemed to provide private information that went into them.

And when his wife used those details to criticize his own players or rival colleagues, Colangelo and the Philadelphia 76ers knew he could no longer remain their top basketball executive.

Colangelo resigned Thursday as president of basketball operations for the 76ers in the wake of what an investigation found was ”careless and in some instances reckless” sharing of sensitive team information.

The independent review by a law firm did not determine that Colangelo operated or was even aware of Twitter accounts that anonymously trashed some of his own players and fellow executives, and defended him against criticism from fans and the sports media.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP said evidence supported the conclusion that Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini, operated the four accounts it investigated, and she admitted to doing so – though also said she deleted contents of her iPhone with a factory reset of the device prior to surrendering it for forensic review, limiting the investigation.

”Our investigation revealed substantial evidence that Mr. Colangelo was the source of sensitive, non-public Bills Jeremy Kerley Jersey , club-related information contained in certain posts to the Twitter accounts,” the report said. ”We believe that Mr. Colangelo was careless and in some instances reckless in failing to properly safeguard sensitive, non-public, club-related information in communications with individuals outside the 76ers organization.”

As for Colangelo, there was no evidence he knew of the accounts before a May 22 inquiry from the sports website The Ringer for a story it reported linking him to five Twitter accounts that took aim at Philadelphia players Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz, former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, Toronto Raptors executive Masai Ujiri and former Sixers players Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel.

Colangelo released a statement disputing that his conduct was reckless.

”At no point did I ever purposefully or directly share any sensitive, non-public, club-related information with her,” he said.

”Her actions were a seriously misguided effort to publicly defend and support me, and while I recognize how inappropriate these actions were, she acted independently and without my knowledge or consent. Further, the content she shared was filled with inaccuracies and conjecture which in no way represent my own views or opinions.”

Evidence found that Bottini established and operated four of the accounts – Eric jr, Still Balling, Enoughunkownsources, and HonestAbe – but it seemed some of the information being posted, such as details of trade discussions or medical reports Rick Leonard Color Rush Jersey , was coming from Colangelo himself.

As such, the team said it had ”become clear Bryan’s relationship with our team and his ability to lead the 76ers moving forward has been compromised” and that it had accepted his resignation.

”We find the situation to be disappointing for our entire organization,” 76ers managing partner Josh Harris said. ”We are determined to continue the tremendous progress we have made over the last two seasons in our quest to win an NBA championship.”

It’s a stunning fall for Colangelo, a former two-time Executive of the Year who was expected to lead the improving 76ers into an important summer when they are hoping to pursue LeBron James or another All-Star player to add to a young core that includes Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Instead that role will be led for now by coach Brett Brown. The 76ers said he would oversee basketball operations on an interim basis and that the search for a new general manager would begin immediately.

”You never want to see someone’s job end through an unfortunate circumstance like this. I certainly understand from the 76ers’ standpoint that that bond has been broken,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. ”It’s not even necessary to assign fault, just the reality of where they all find themselves. I think Bryan recognizes like that as well, that these teams are like families and it can get to a point where it becomes dysfunctional and I think that’s where they found themselves right now.”

Colangelo, the son of longtime sports executive Jerry Colangelo, was hired as president of basketball operations in 2016 after Hinkie abruptly resigned. Hinkie was the architect behind what has been called ”The Process” – the long-term tearing down and rebuilding of the Sixers.

Colangelo previously served as Raptors general manager, adding the 2007 Executive of the Year award to the one he won two years earlier in Phoenix. But he lost his job there after Toronto missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, and Ujiri took over basketball operations.

”Over the last two years, I have worked hard to help build a foundation for what I hope will soon be many championship seasons for the 76ers,” Colangelo said. ”I am grateful to team owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer for the opportunity they gave me to be part of such a great organization. I am saddened to have to leave under these circumstances.”



AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Cleveland contributed to this report.



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