Los Angeles Rams backup quarterback John Wolford appeared to have a little more time during LA’s bye week following a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 16.
Wolford participated in a comment the athlete which was released on Wednesday, he detailed what his daily routine looks like during the season.
And apparently, even as an NFL backup, Wolford has had his fair share of hair-raising moments.
“It’s not a Wednesday unless you’re freaking stressed out,” writes Wolford.
One look at Wolford’s routine makes the average fan realize how difficult it is to be an NFL quarterback, no matter where you are on the depth chart.
He gets up at around 5:45 – 6:15 on a given Tuesday. On the drive to the practice facility, he listens to voice memos of play calls he recorded the night before so he can remember them better.
Here is an example of a play call that Wolford has chosen to share:
“Lense to Deuce Rt Claw Z Short Lander Z Strong X Revo Z Lockback (can) 2 Jet Z-Monday Astro Read Alert Money Deacon Flow F Panama On the Omaha.”
That is only one Play in a Sean McVay-led offense filled with hundreds more like this. Wolford says the “can” is an audible option, something that can often complicate the game when he has to adapt to what the defense is presenting.
“When you rattle off a long play call with a complicated can, break the huddle, diagnose the defense, and hear the play, you feel like Alan from The Hangover counting cards,” writes Wolford. “Your mind is absolutely spinning, but when you get it right and you hit blackjack (throw a 60-yard bomb) it’s incredibly exciting.”
For the rest of the morning, Wolford reviews notes, defense personnel and works on his throwing mobility before attending quarterback meetings at 8 a.m., the time when many people are just getting out of bed.
Wolford then does his quarterback-centric lifts with LA’s starting signal caller Matthew Stafford before serving offensive meetings and walk-throughs before lunch at about 1:15 p.m. Even during his lunch break, he’s still checking play calls.
After lunch and before the team’s late-afternoon practice session, Wolford goes through what he calls a pre-throw routine in which he prepares his arm and torso for the wear and tear he’ll be going through while handling the ball during of training consistently flings.
Wolford writes, “This is a routine that preps and preps all of the body tissues associated with throwing. The purpose of a detailed pre-throw routine is:
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1. Induce blood flow through the body and rotator cuff to prepare for high-speed throws.
2. Make sure my throwing motion is sequenced correctly.
3. Get my nervous system going to feel fresh on the practice field.”
Again, Wolford is unlikely to take on game representatives, but he remains 110 percent ready should he need to fill in for an injured Stafford.
After training, he does a post-throw routine before undertaking a third-down film study. He leaves the facility around 6 before picking up some lunch on the way home.
The work doesn’t stop when he walks through the front door.
Wolford then reviews game calls during or after dinner before doing more arm exercises. He goes to bed around 9pm before waking up and doing it all over again.
“Lights out around 9pm if all goes according to plan as I’m aiming for 8 1/2 hours of sleep,” writes Wolford. “Matthew Walker’s book Why We Sleep convinced me, and with the physical and mental demands of a ‘stressed’ Wednesday, I’m unconscious 30 seconds after turning off the lights.”
The Rams host the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at 1:25 p.m. PT. Seeing the field would probably be the last thing Wolford would want as it would mean Stafford was injured. But if the worst comes to the worst, his rigorous routine has him prepared.
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