The Hawks scrimmaged live for the first time today and and us media types got to watch. It was different from when I watched L.D. and his staff run the motion offense against air last month, and I came away with three thoughts:
1. To keep this up, the Hawks are going to have to be in tremendous shape and L.D. is going to have to go deep into his bench.
2. The first time you see the Hawks run the offense it’s going to be a shock to your system because it’s such a radical departure from their norm.
3. Because of No. 2, it’s going to take some time for it to look the way L.D. wants.
“I think probably we will have it boiled down and going pretty good by the third preseason game,” J.J. said (that would be Oct. 12 at Washington. “Everyone is pretty much picking it up quickly but when game time comes it will be a little bit different.”
For the Hawks, learning the offense is just the first challenge and probably the