No More Practices At The Trop?May 29th, 2012
Much has been written about how the Bucs will work to capitalize on the typical extreme heat at Raymond James Stadium for early season games.
Of course, there’s no proven way to go about conditioning for extreme heat that doesn’t run a risk of taxing players’ bodies to a point where it does more harm than good.
So talk of this heat preparation really doesn’t get Joe excited, as Joe doesn’t think it means a hell of a lot for 2012, or in general. The Bucs play plenty of warm weather teams and nearly all teams are use to practicing in extreme heat during training camp. For example, the Panthers come to Tampa to open the season. They’re sure used to heat. And the next home game is the Redskins on Sept. 30 at 4:15 p.m.
But heat tolerance can be a slight edge, so surely it’s worth exploring.
Woody Cummings, of The Tampa Tribune, delved into this via his recent beat column. Cummings notes that team practicies in air conditioned surroundings in St. Pete are likely history.
“That has to become our advantage,” Schiano said of the Tampa area’s taxing heat indexes, which regularly soar to more than 100 degrees through September and sometimes into November.
“When you get teams out there in that stadium and it’s really hot and you push the envelope, I think it becomes an advantage and that’s something that is important to me.”
So important, the Bucs can probably say goodbye to those once-a-week trips to climate-controlled Tropicana Field they made under Morris to escape the heat. As long as Schiano is in charge, the heat will be on and it will likely be on high.
(Insert your own Peter King thermostat joke)
The “push the envelope” Schiano references above is intriguing to Joe. Perhaps Schiano was referring to Bucs opponents because he has made it clear he wants a punishing, plodding ground attack versus any sort of hurry-up offense or modern NFL assault.
Of course, so much of the Bucs’ potential heat advantage would come in the fourth quarter when, hopefully, it’s a tight game or the Bucs have a lead and haven’t been drained from mounting a furious comeback. Fans haven’t experienced one of those in quite a while.