Lovie Stands Alone In FloridaJuly 14th, 2014
To prepare for the sweltering grind of training camp, Joe mowed his lawn Saturday in late afternoon under sunny skies. (Please remind Joe to never be so foolish again.)
The effort was not worth the satisfying post-mow Beck’s Dark guzzling. But it did get Joe thinking about Lovie Smith’s choice of training camp practice times and how it compares to those of his Florida coaching brethren.
Lovie and the Buccaneers will practice in the afternoon, primarily late afternoon into early evening, when temperatures and humidity typically are at their highest.
The Jaguars, however, have nearly all their public, full-pads practices starting at 9:55 a.m.
The Dolphins? Try 8 a.m.
It’s an interesting contrast. Lovie wants his team to feel every painful inch of the heat and he’s not fearful of afternoon storms and lightning delays disrupting the Bucs’ rhythm. Tampa Bay opens with two 4 o’clock home games. Miami has two of its first three games in the South Florida swelter; Jacksonville opesn on the road in northern cities.
One could surely make a case for early practice times versus late ones, and vice versa.
Greg Schiano was an 8:45 a.m. guy. Though it sure seems unlikely, Joe wonders whether some returning Buccaneers will secretly yearn for their old coach after a couple of practices. Nahhh!