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
Here’s something you don’t see every day at One Buc Place. Bill Belichick roaming around the facility. Tom Brady lofting passes to Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski on the Bucs practice field. Huh? What the hell are the New England Patriots doing here?
One of the most successful NFL franchises is in the town the next couple of days to give the Buccaneers something to shoot for. The Bucs and Patriots began their joint practice sessions on Wednesday here in Tampa. At the very least, it allows the Bucs to observe and maybe emulate how the Patriots go about their business in the preseason. “They’re the most consistent team in the league”, says Bucs Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph about practicing against New England before the teams meet in preseason play on Friday night at Raymond James Stadium. “There’s a lot we can learn from them”.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s glowing endorsement of Greg Schiano was a factor in Schiano getting the Bucs head coaching job. Belichick believes Schiano can make that transition from college to the NFL. “I think he’s a very experienced guy. He’s won a lot of games. He’s coached NFL players…the Vince Wilforks…the Devin McCourtys…all the guys he’s coached. He’s coached in the NFL [assistant with the Bears] so he knows what he’s doing. He’s going to be fine”, Belichick says about Schiano.
Schiano has admired Belichick for years and now they share the same practice field together the next two days. According to Schiano, Belichick is one of the best in the business in terms of utilizing personnel and simplifying schemes. After practice, Schiano wasn’t too happy with how his team practiced. “We made more mistakes than you can shake a stick at”, says Schiano. Schiano did say the experience is valuable for his team in terms of trying to get better and emulating how the Patriots go about their business.
As for the practice itself, many would think it’s just a walkthrough in order to prepare for Friday. Not so, says Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn. “Guys were getting after it”, says Clayborn. Running back Doug Martin agreed. “There was definitely lot of competition out there for both sides. Everybody is getting antsy to play this game and we can’t wait”, says Martin.
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