“I Am Not Used To Schiano”July 16th, 2013
When the wide-eyed flock of Bucs rookies starts practicing with the veterans next week, it will be a rude awakening. No longer are they in Starkville or Raleigh or Champaign or Lansing.
They are now in the big leagues of football. The NFL.
Well, it’s not just rookies who will be baptized into the New Schiano Order. So too will free agent veterans. Last night, Bucs free agent linebacker Jonathan Casillas spoke with Gil Brandt and Alex Marvez, co-hosts of “Late Hits,” heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio, and explained even after spending the spring with the Bucs, he’s unsure what will take place next week when he reports to camp.
Alex Marvez: Do you know what to expect in Tampa Bay, right now? Are you familiar with what Greg Schiano may be putting you guys through? Do you know what is going to be asked of you as you try to make an impact in 2013 with the Bucs?
Jonathan Casillas: I want to say I do because I have spent several weeks out there, a couple of months out there in OTAs and minicamp and offseason workouts. But training camp is always different. I know that. The level is going to be cranked up because I am not used to “Coach.” I am not used to Schiano. I am trying to do all I can to be prepared for the worst, whatever he can throw at me.
I understand the climate I am in. New Orleans is a lot similar with the humidity and the high temperatures. Difference is, in New Orleans we actually had an indoor facility. You would go in there several times a week. Being outside in [that weather] every day is tough. You have to go in there every day in shape and make sure you are hydrated every day.
It is a difficult process to keep up because you may lose six-to-seven pounds per practices. That is very tough to keep that on. That is just some of the demands of playing in the southern area like that. I know I am aware of it.
It almost sounds as if the humidity is already in Casillas’ head, like he’s almost psyched out already. It’s like anything else. Players who play in Green Bay or Chicago or Cleveland or Buffalo get used to the bitter, harsh winters of December. As gross as it sounds, your body adjusts.
The thing is, the Bucs hope to use those searing hot September and October Sundays to make other teams wilt. Embrace the heat, don’t fight it, and for Godsakes drink a lot of water.