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
Wait for it. It’s coming. Not soon enough. Training camp has been a grind for the Buccaneers in head coach Greg Schiano’s first NFL season. The intensity and tempo has been extremely hot, almost as hot as the weather was on Tuesday and for much of camp for that matter. But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Camp is winding down and the players can’t wait.
“It was a good camp. It’s definitely always good to make it through a camp healthy. Yeah, I’m looking to the end of camp and continue to get better”, says middle linebacker Mason Foster. Foster says the difference for him personally from last year to this year is significant. Last year, he was a rookie starting at a pivotal position without the benefit of a full offseason. Now, he looks more comfortable. He’ll be even more comfortable once camp breaks.
Training camp is all about building chemistry and preparing for the season from a mental and physical standpoint. But at the same time, it’s taxing and players will be more than happy to put it in the past. “Who’s not ready for camp to be over with?” says defensive end Michael Bennett. “That’s just one of those things we have to do together. Every year, this is the hardest part of football [being in training camp]. The season is the best part so we look forward to playing in the games”.
Schiano has repeatedly talked about the need to use the blazing heat and humidity to the team’s advantage. Each training camp practice has been nearly 3 hours long but with a purpose. The Bucs need to conquer the heat and use it to their advantage when opposing teams make that visit to Raymond James Stadium in September and October. “There’s an ultimate goal that we’re reaching for and that’s going to take us a long time to get there”, says Bennett. “It’s good that we’re working hard in camp. This heat….Coach always talks about this heat is going to be our friend. It’s definitely becoming our friend or it’s going to be other people’s enemy”.
Camp is scheduled to break after Wednesday’s practice. While many players are looking forward to the end of camp, wideout Mike Williams will be sad to see it go. And he’s in the minority with that opinion. Williams is having a terrific camp and looks to be in outstanding shape. “It’s kind of fun right now”, smiled Williams. “I can’t wait until the season [begins]. It’s all building up to Carolina the first week [September 9th season opener] so I can’t wait until that”. Neither can the rest of us. Let’s end camp already.
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