This Ain’t Your Old Coach’s Camp
August 08, 2012 at 06:10pm by Scott • 4 Comments »
Buccaneers players who had enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of Camp Morris last year with its valet parking and on-field concierge are getting worn down by the grind of Camp Schiano and its padded wind sprints and lack of on-field benches. Oh yes, things are different around One Buc this year.
“I’m not trying to be a hard guy or anything, because we will (take the pads off) eventually,” Schiano said. “But as I tell (the players) I want to make sure we’re ready (for the regular season opener against Carolina) Sept. 9.
“I want to make sure we’re feeling good and ready to play. Right now we’re building a foundation for our 2012 team and part of that foundation is built through suffering together.”
“WINNING THROUGH SUFFERING”. I’d buy that T-shirt.
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Tired and sore, the Bucs battled through a workout at One Buc Place on Tuesday that was rife with mistakes such as dropped balls and missed assignments, but there is no rest for the weary on the horizon.
There is such a thing as running your players so hard that it becomes counterproductive, but with the best trainers and medical staff money can buy in the building and a history of being undisciplined to overcome, fuck it. They’ll live. It’s not like they can get worse. I mean, I guess mathematically they can get four games worse, but that’s not a realistic possibility, is it?
Not everyone looked tired. Defensive end Michael Bennett, who missed a couple of days with an unspecified ailment, was back at work for the second straight day and drew raves for his performance.
And that’s the way it will be for everyone else. They’ll get a couple days off and get refreshed and still be used to the head and the pace, which is what Schiano wants. By the first regular season game, even if they’re not perfect, they’ll be disciplined, assignment-sound and tough, which makes for a good foundation.