Busted Routine Didn’t Take Bucs DownOctober 26th, 2012
The Bucs routinely practice at game speed, even at the expense of gaining more reps at a slower tempo. They drill each other in pads once a week (per the max of league rules), and the entire practice experience is geared toward a gameday performance.
The New Schiano Order Bucs are even graded on hustle in practice. Subpar effort is not tolerated.
All this, per various Bucs players talking to Joe, is what gets them firing on gameday. Yeah, the Bucs are 3-4, but the incessant slow starts to games of the past regime have vanished. This team is ready to play physical football every week.
So it’s all the more exciting, and a great show of maturity, that the Bucs were able to manhandle the Vikings last night without having a normal week of practice. There was no practice in pads. There was no practicing at game tempo. The hours between the Bucs’ loss to New Orleans and flying to Minnesota on Wednesday were about rest and extreme mental preparation.
And the Bucs pulled it off in grand fashion.
Joe points this out because it shouldn’t be discounted. Most teams don’t have the mental toughness to succeed on Thursday Night Football on the road. Hence, the poor records of those team. The Bucs didn’t just win. They were dominant outside of the comfort of their routine.
Joe’s now very confident the Bucs will be ready and unfazed in Oakland in nine days. If the beatable Raiders go down and the Bucs pull to 4-4, Joe will dare to dabble in playoff talk.