But Slaughter refuses even to single anyone out, good or bad.
"They're all doing well,'' said Slaughter, who was hired only a couple of weeks prior to the beginning of spring practice. "I don't want to single anybody out. I'm proud of all of them. They're giving everything they have. They're trying extremely hard.
"We've all got room to get better, me included. But we haven't played a game yet so it really doesn't matter. What we're doing now is just preparing for that fight in the fall, and right now I'm proud of all of them.''
Don't for a minute, though, think that makes Slaughter a pushover.
"Don't get me wrong. I can be negative and I have a temper and can do things to get after people,'' Slaughter said. "But I try to keep it as positive as I can. My negative conversations are going to come more in [meeting rooms] behind closed doors and try to fix those things in that setting.
"I try to head things off. If you see a guy on film one day doing something that you don't like, before you get on the field and let it happen again you fix it in the meeting room. Explain to them why you want it done the way you want it done. And then go out and try to get it done that way.''
Slaughter, for one, said there's nothing at all wrong with the timing of the break, not even to the midpoint of the permitted 15 spring practices.
"I've never had a bad break,'' Slaughter said. "There's no such thing as a bad break except the one that comes at the end of the season.''
As for what the players might get into during a rare week away (they only get about three a year), well, you hope for the best.
"I don't worry about these guys. These guys won't do anything,'' offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said almost sarcastically. "I only worry about myself.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.