Young, Dedicated Legs Paying Off

September 22nd, 2010

Outside of being 2-0, the young Buccaneers are also healthy. 

It’s a fact that defensive mastermind/head coach Raheem Morris credits mostly to his players’ offseason dedication. Speaking on The Raheem Morris Show on WDAE-AM Monday, the head coach explained that the team took his words to heart and it’s showing up on the field.

“The first thing I told these guys when they left [for weeks before returning for training camp] was physical conditioning precedes everything, and they took that to heart,” Morris said. “You gotta give our coaching staff, our weight staff, Todd the trainer, all those guys, a lot of credit. Fortunately, we’re healthy. We’re in shape. And we’re able to run all day. And it’s awesome.”

Bucs veteran Jeff Faine said the Bucs, himself not included, are not just fit but so young they’re legs are full of life. He said as a veteran it’s hard to impart the benefits of taking care of your body to young players.

“At that age you’re just feeling so great just popping out of bed,”  Faine, 29, said on WDAE-AM on Monday. “Now, [for me], you get out of bed and it takes you about 10 minutes to get three steps out of the way.”

Faine said he’s a typical — but rare — veteran at One Buc Palace, making full use of “masseuses, ice tubs, heat packs, and whatever is necessary to make it on game day.”

2 Responses to “Young, Dedicated Legs Paying Off”

  1. Gary Says:

    High levels of offseason participation was always a promising sign and its paying off now. I hate to say anything to jinx us, but we are pretty good shape healthwise compared to other teams around the league.

  2. bucfanjeff Says:

    I don’t think people truly understand the toll the human body takes playing professional football.