Failure On Day 1 For Some BuccaneersJuly 26th, 2012
Talking to reporters today at One Buc Palace, Bucs icon Ronde Barber made it clear that daily during the offseason he heard Greg Schiano talk to the team about the new conditioning standards that would greet them in the form of a conditioning test on the day they reported to training camp.
Well, that was today, and an undisclosed number of players failed the test, Schiano said. And Barber didn’t seem to have any pity for his brethren who knew what was coming.
Their punishment/limitations were not disclosed by Schiano, who made it clear that he was “disappointed” but not surprised by those that didn’t meet the “cardiovascular” demands.
But Schiano’s body language at the podium was not one of concern. Schiano said this is common across the NFL but he would expect 100 percent success from the Bucs on future Day 1 testing.
Now Joe’s not about to go on a rant blasting players without knowing how close they were to the standards. A trusted source told Joe that Carl Nicks was one of the guys that didn’t pass. But for all Joe knows, for example, Nicks missed the cut by 3.3 seconds on his final sprint. Schiano said there were different standards for different body types.
Regardless, it’s not a great start, but hopefully a learning experience. And it’s going to be interesting to see how Schiano disciplines those that missed the mark.