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!
There’s no question that the Bucs’ decision on soon-to-be free agent Antonio Bryant will be a critical offseason move. The Bucs’ franchise player in 2009, Bryant is undeniably the most talented and accomplished wide receiver on a team lacking at the position. Bryant graciously agreed to a lengthy one-on-one interview with JoeBucsFan.com on Wednesday. While part of the chat was off the record, Bryant answered many questions for publication.
Part II of the interview is below. The first segment can be read on JoeBucsFan.com.
JoeBucsFan.com: If free agency is about to begin and you haven't signed with the Bucs, how are you going to feel about that? What will that be like for you?
Bryant: I don't want this to linger in the media and play out that way. I want to get it done fast. I shouldn't even be talking to you about it. I want a team as soon as possible for me and my family, and to get started and ready for the offseason camps. I'm all about being the best football player I can be. I'm always studying all the great receivers. ... My attitude? I'm like, look at my numbers, my opportunities and my film. Film don't lie.
Joe: Speaking of film, you displayed some extraordinary body control and hands in 2009, and everyone remembers your catch in Carolina in 2008. How do you train in the offseason and develop that ability?
Bryant: (JoeBucsFan.com editor's note: Bryant answered this question by detailing a fascinating "optical training regimen" that he puts himself through after every work out as he stays fit in Texas. The routine, performed at the renowned Michael Johnson training facility, forces receivers to catch balls from all angles and at various levels of distorted vision. Bryant explained that he's always worked on his hands and this training combines vision control, mind control and hands control, in order to condition receivers to adapt to the football and not need to see the ball very long, which can help them disguise a route.)
Joe: A feature story about you on Yahoo.com after the 2008 season claimed you said that Bill Parcells and you have talked several times and he sends you messages through other coaches. Is that true? Are these text messages?
Bryant: Bill Parcells has never sent me text messages. I've talked to him once or twice, but nothing like that. Once somebody handed me a [walkie talkie] on the field and he was on the other end. But that's it. He's got no problem with me.
Joe: The Bucs collapsed in 2008 and had a poor season in 2009. How has the toll of losing affected you?
Bryant: You can't compare the two seasons. This is a whole lot different than last year. You had different leadership, a different team and two very different situations. ...This year we got rid of our offensive coordinator. Then we had quarterbacks that didn't belong in the system. But nobody panicked. Nobody panicked. We made that work. We got better. Nobody pays attention to that. Losing is awful, but we got better. ...Now you compare that to Gruden, I'll tell you. I signed that paper with Gruden in 2008, and we were together going over plays within a week. Play after play. The level of preparation, we, the whole team were rolling when we got to camp. This year it wasn't like that. There was so much retraining and training with everything being new, and then more retraining. Four quarterbacks.
Joe: Do you still keep in touch with Gruden?
Bryant: I've talked to him two times since he left.
Joe: Thanks for taking the time, Antonio. Stay healthy, man. Is there anything else you want to put out there?
Bryant: Film don't lie. I really feel that way. The film shows what I am.
Remember, the first segment of Bryant’s exclusive interview can be found on JoeBucsFan.com.