Benn Says Schiano Way Will Fix Slow Starts

April 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 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.

23 Responses to “Benn Says Schiano Way Will Fix Slow Starts”

  1. 941-Bucs Says:

    I like his approach. I hope it translates well on the field. The one really really good point of this team being overall one of the youngest. Is their bodies can endure such training. In the long run this kind of habitual training will keep this team at a higher faster pace while other teams begin to fall off.

  2. OptimisTroll Says:

    Many of the good players during the Raheem era were injured in the game, perhaps because of the lack of solid practices.

    And in December of this past season the team was burnt out anyway.

  3. Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    We cleaned a roof up in Pasco County for a retired football coach who knew Benn’s high school coach. Back when Tampa drafted Regis Benn, he told us we got a steal in the draft.
    I still look for great things from Regis Benn, because good stuff happens when he catches the ball.
    I think when Tampa drafted Vince Jackson, all our receivers got a little better.
    Benn reminds me a little of a Clayton who can actually catch the ball.
    I have saw him wide open many times, yet Josh seems to key in only on Winslow and Williams!

  4. Rickster Says:

    Coach G IS bilichick’s pupil isn’t he?
    I hope we do pick up the speed of our play but then whats gmc going to do?
    Ask us to slow down???

  5. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Off topic…but Mel Kiper has a good 3 rd mock for the Bucs IMO.
    1. Mo Claiborne
    2. Doug Martin
    3. Demario Davis LB from Ark St

    I personally would prefer in his scenario drafting Mychal Kendricks LB from Cal. I think he has the talent to be a force as our Mike. Move Foster to Will and leave Quincy at Sam. Would be better than we are putting out currently. And

  6. Pete Dutcher Says:

    I think Apple meant “signed”.

    It does seem like they want depth at the positions most often hit by injury.

    Less than a week till the big day. My only mock will be out on my website Wednesday.

  7. Rrsrq Says:

    I actually like a Mel Kiper mock draft, wow

  8. raphael Says:

    Ray Perkins had 3 a days… that was grueling…I think what Coach Shiano is doing is just what is needed…Discipline and conditioning will win football games…sort of the opposite from last year…

  9. st. louis Bucs fan Says:

    whats that old saying? SPEED KILLS!!!! as young as this team is, an up tempo will kill other teams. as young as they are i dont see them wearing down in December, i see them picking it up more because they may have a shot at the playoffs. and look at it this way, they cant b any worse than last October, November, & December!!!! BUC IT IM OUT!!!!!

  10. big007hed Says:

    Would be nice to see the slow starts gone but until they prove it it is going to be tough for me to believe and I am a HUGE Schiano fan

  11. RastaMon Says:

    Sounds like football…..

  12. Buc Neckid Says:

    Sounds like PROFESSIONAL Football…

  13. Stevek Says:

    I am hoping Benn does big things this year.

  14. Thinker Says:

    I cleaned a roof once for Joel Glazer’s cousin’s podiatrist, whose sister tried to kiss LeGarrette Blount in high school. She said he had great pass blocking skills. I look forward to great things from him this year.

  15. Drew Says:

    Injuries typically occur when you let up on a play and are not giving a 100%.

  16. Eric Says:

    I used to have this guy clean my roof. I pretended i was a big NFl exec and told him who the bucs would hire as head coach. He bought it.

    It was so funny I referred him to friends to make up some other wild crap. Buys it every time.

    I even heard he presents the info on some blog…………

  17. Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    @Eric –

  18. BonesMahoney Says:

    “Benn reminds me a little of a Clayton who can actually catch the ball.”

    Benn had 8 drops last year. He definitely hasn’t proven he can catch the ball with consistency.

  19. Pete Dutcher Says:

    8 drops over a season isn’t bad…thats only. 5 per game.

  20. Pete Dutcher Says:

    st. louis Bucs fan
    Dungy had a young team as well, yet he had to teach them to play a full 60 minutes. Of course…teams can go all out in practice anymore.

  21. BonesMahoney Says:

    It’s bad when you consider how few targets he had. 51 targets, 38 catchable(according to PFF), 8 drops. The closest comparison I can make is Dez Briscoe since he played in the same offense. Exact same amount of targets(51), 37 catchable, 2 drops. If you want more league wide numbers, from what I can find Roddy White led the league in drops with 15 and that was with a little over 3 times the amount of targets Benn received(179). Benn had a pretty bad year. Not saying he can’t turn it around, but saying he’s proven he can catch the ball would be wrong.

  22. ben Says:

    I think this will be a good year for Benn, when he came on the end of his rookie year he had some nice deep passes, i like how he attacks the ball on those plays. I think you put him on the other side of Jackson with Williams in the slot. He hasnt really been 100 percent since he got hurt but i think he should be good to go. I think Sullivan will get the most out of him, more than Olsen at least

  23. Have A Nice Day Says:

    Did anyone else notice Benn’s ankle/leg ruin his break @0:25? He tried to cut before his momentum shifted. That might have resulted in a pick.

    Horrible break. You’d think they would highlight a positive.