Struggling To Keep SecretsJuly 25th, 2014
Joe was up with the chickens on Thursday and cruised down Hillsborough Avenue in the way-too-early hours. But hey, the Bucs, minus human armoire Carl Nicks, were reporting to training camp about 6:30 a.m.
Who could pass on such excitement? Josh McCown stopped to talk to gathered reporters, and one question posed to him elicited a response of “I don’t know.”
The Bucs’ starting quarterback was asked how Tampa Bay would manage to keep the mysterious Jeff Tedford offense under wraps when thousands of fans watching training camp, plus media, would be watching plays being installed, two-minute drills, red zone work and so much more.
Back at the NFL Owners meetings in March, Lovie Smith said the Bucs expected to keep plenty hidden all the way up until opening day against Carolina in September.
This all makes one wonder whether it’s better for a team to work on stuff in preseason and in practice and master plays, or is the element of surprise too powerful, especially for a Buccaneers team desperate for a fast start against two nasty defenses in Weeks 1 and 2.
How the Bucs balance all this will be fun to watch evolve. A veteran head coach, plus an artist at offensive coordinator, should be able to figure it out.