A Fine “Underwear” DayApril 18th, 2012
One of the all-time great Raheem Morris quotes featured his take in 2010 on transitioning from OTAs and minicamps to the broiling heat and real live contact in training camp.
“Training camp is a little bit different. You know to me, that’s when you establish the men. You know you take off your underwear. You put on your big boy pads. And you put your face on people. And that’s what training camp is about.” — Raheem Morris
Joe admits that cracks him up every time, and reading it in print doesn’t do it justice. The video is a knockout.
The reason Joe brings up that Raheem gem is because Joe can’t bring himself to overanalyze anything the Bucs did yesterday in an April underwear practice at One Buc Palace, the first of the offseason for Greg Schiano and staff. Of course, Joe realizes this entire website is devoted to overanalyzing everything the Bucs do, but Joe has to stop the madness once in a while. Raheem’s message did have a lot of truth to it.
The media got to watch 30 minutes of yesterday’s workout – much of that time was stretching and running – and then chat with Schiano a couple hours later. Good guy Craig Smith, of WHBO-AM, has an excellent, thorough summary on ESPNFlorida.com.
Yeah, Ronde Barber ran around at safety a little. No big surprise. And Quincy Black got the opportunity to bark out the defense. That doesn’t mean anything in reality other than Schiano wants Black, among others, to get some of that experience in his new system.
As Joe wrote about earlier, what’s really meaningful from these practices, aside from learning the playbook, is Schiano changing the culture and discipline within the organization. Smith touched on that in his summary.
However, the voice you could hear over all coaches was Schiano’s. At one point, Schiano was working with a full defense and made an interesting reference. He compared eleven defenders working together to synchronized swimming. To hit his point home, he had the defense line up and sprint sideline to sideline after imaginary “ballcarriers” in an effort to emphasize gang tackling, which is something this defense certainly lacked in 2011.
Apparently everyone showed up for the voluntary practice except for Connor Barth. And the Bucs will be back at it today and Thursday.
Look for Joe to get back to obsessing about practice, but for now Joe’s just going to look at yesterday for what it was — an underwear day at the start of a long offseason process.