It’s All About The VomitNovember 23rd, 2012
The inaugural New Schiano Order training camp was on display for fans, who got to view the Bucs practicing at a fast pace without cool-down areas or shade, which led to players physically breaking down for all to see during the early days of camp.
But earlier this week, Mike Williams offered a glimpse inside offseason workouts and minicamps, which Williams said have been the difference in the Bucs’ conditioning being visibily superior to their 2012 opponents.
Williams painted a picture of Greg Schiano and friends cracking a fierce whip when it came to running.
“I think the difference from last year to this year is the lockout. I think us having that time to work together and them making us run, and I literally mean making us, run with each other and sprint and seeing each other throw up and all of that type of stuff,” Williams said on the Buccaneers Radio Network. “For us to get into that type of shape before camp and then go through camp and stay in that type of shape, I think that’s the big difference from last year.”
As for how it all has translated on the field this season, Williams echoed what other Bucs have said in postgame interviews, that they can see they’re in better condition than the opposition.
Host T.J. Rives: Could you tell, did it look like [the Panthers] were fatigued at the end of regulation and especially in the overtime? … Could you look across the way and see some body language? Some hands on the hips?
Mike Williams: Oh yeah, it seems like when we get in the fourth quarter with a lot of teams like that, it seems like that. But I can’t really say how the defensive line or the linebackers was, but it kinda seemed that way with the corners.
Joe finds it interesting that Schiano set the conditioning bar – not just discipline levels – so high during offseason workouts. Obviously, it was beneficial.
Schiano always talks about getting incrementally better and working harder week to week, and during the offseason he talked about how much more the team could accomplish in future offseasons after acclimating to the new system.
Joe believes it’s safe to assume the conditioning demands will only increase next year.