Benn Says Schiano Way Will Fix Slow StartsApril 22nd, 2012
One of the more amazing things about the Raheem Morris era was the Bucs’ habitual slow starts to games.
Sometimes they battled through to victory; sometimes they got brutally clobbered. Regardless, they started slowly nearly every game.
Last year Joe begged and pleaded on these here pages for the Bucs to find a consultant to come in and study why the Bucs were mental midgets — and physical midgets – in the first quarter and first-half of games. But that never happened, and Raheem had no answers.
Enter Greg Schiano.
The new head coach’s ramped up practice tempo unveiled this week will solve the Bucs’ propensity for slow starts, so says Arrellious Benn in this Buccaneers.com video. (Click the link to watch.)
Essentially, Benn believes religiously working up-tempo will carry over to Sundays, especially practicing “paying attention to detail when you’re tired.”
There’s no doubt in Joe’s mind Schiano will keep everything ramped up through future minicamps, training camp and the early stages of the regualar season. Enacting a real and thorough culture change will require that consistency and drive.
But it’ll be interesting to see how Schiano adapts as the long NFL season goes on and injuries take their toll. Joe’s willing to live with the consequences of a somewhat burned out team come December, if the results of the hard work are seen on the field. He can always dial back the practice energy a notch in 2013.