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
It was the moment the players have been waiting for. The constant grind of training camp is enough to break down the biggest and baddest of players. From Day 1 of camp, head coach Greg Schiano paved the foundation for his regime—Trust, Belief and Accountability. Building a football team from scratch is a daunting task. He accomplished it at Rutgers and now he’s trying to rebuild the Buccaneers back to respectability. Training camp was his way of getting the message across. And that message is: We won’t tolerate mistakes. The intensity and tempo of practice will be high.
Yes, the weather was at times oppressive, especially during the last two days of camp. The hot and humid conditions combined with Schiano’s way proved to be a daily challenge for the players, both mentally and physically. Rookie safety Mark Barron mentioned that even though camp is over, the hard work still remains ahead for the team. “We’re going to keep working so it probably won’t be too much of a difference”, says Barron when asked about camp ending.
Coach Schiano made it clear from the day he took the Bucs job that he was going to do things his way. During Monday’s practice, the coach became furious when mistakes, penalties and fumbles were taking place. He shouted “We’re gonna do things one way! We’re not gonna compromise!” He got his point across. Buy in or get out. Rookie linebacker Najee Goode is buying in. “I like Coach Schiano. I love what he’s doing with us,” says Goode. The rookie out of West Virginia says Schiano has been tough, but also protects his players at the same time. “The best thing about it is that everybody wants to play for him and everybody is buying into it”.
Schiano met with reporters after Wednesday’s practice and says training camp may be over in theory, but hard work still remains. “Next week is kind of a modified training camp I guess,” says Schiano. “They worked very, very hard. That’s what I was most excited about. My vision of where we’ll be a year or two or three from now….much cleaner and crisper.”
But at least players can go back to their own homes for a change and sleep in their own bed. Only problem is, camp may be over but “modified camp” is lurking next week.
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