The Bucs fall to division rivals New Orleans in the Superdome - 11/6/2011
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday October 16.
Ntohing beats a win in on national TV in front of a sold out crowd!
By Tom Krasniqi
Big plays were made in all three phases of the game. Offense, defense and special teams took their turns in dazzling the crowd of more than 30,000 at Raymond James Stadium during the Buccaneers’ annual night practice on Saturday night. The huge crowd was treated to a number of drills that were detailed beforehand by assistant coaches on the big screen. It was the largest free public event in team history. Head coach Greg Schiano wanted to put an emphasis on situational football and the fundamentals. Fans who weren’t been able to get out to a training camp practice at One Buc Place caught a glimpse of what Camp Schiano is all about—up-tempo, intense and attention to detail.
After the practice began, dark clouds started to move in and thunder could be heard in the distance. As a precaution, the team was taken off the field for a weather delay. After the storm came and went, the Bucs were back on the field doing their thing. Schiano says he used the night practice as a way of getting his feet wet for game-day communications with the coaches. Coaches were upstairs in the booth to simulate game-day conditions.
The day began with Fan Fest as players and coaches were signing autographs and greeting fans at the stadium concourses. The night ended with a spectacular fireworks display while players were making their rounds around the stadium to thank fans for their support. And yes, more autographs were given out. Schiano was pleased overall with the practice. “I think it was pretty good. I think we got out of it with no major injuries, that was one of my concerns”, says Schiano.
As you might imagine, the rookies were wide eyed after their first experience at Ray Jay. Running back Michael Smith said he had “goose bumps and butterflies” when he walked into his home stadium for the first time to play some football. Running back Doug Martin was overwhelmed by the huge crowd. “It was definitely a great experience, this atmosphere…Bucs fans being here to watch the practice was awesome”.
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