Cody Grimm Talks Competition, Special Teams

July 27th, 2012

Ten months removed from a gruesome-looking knee injury, Cody Grimm participated in offseason practices and was back on the field for Day 1 of training camp without limitations. Joe talked to him about his health, having Ronde Barber take his starting job and more. How do you feel?

Cody Grimm: I’m feelin’ good.

Joe: 110 percent good?

Grimm: Yeah, I mean I’m feeling a lot better than I was this time last year with my other injury. It really started feeling a lot better about two or three weeks ago, and it held up today. No complaints. I’m feeling great.

Joe: How would you tell a fan how today was different than Day 1 last year?

Grimm: It was different. It was a lot longer [practice]. The good thing was we got out here earlier than we used to. So that heat wasn’t so bad until the later part of practice.

Joe: The pace seemed slower than OTAs and minicamp. Those were more go, go, go. Is that just the weather considerations?

Grimm: It’s early. Everyone is still getting accustomed to where they’re going on the field and stuff like that. I’d say it’s going to be pretty cranked up here soon. (laughs). A couple of guys cramped up today. It was pretty hard today.

Joe: There’s been so much talked about Ronde Barber moving to safety, essentially taking your position. What’s your take on that and how has that changed your approach?

Grimm: I’m just trying to learn both [safety] positions and do whatever I can to help the team. Ronde’s playing good at it right now and whatever helps this team I’m cool with. Hopefully I can play really well in the preseason and get a competition going. But right now I’d say it’s Ronde’s spot. I’m good friends with Ronde. We haven’t really talked about it, but he helps me and I help him if I can if he has any questions, which he usually doesn’t. We’re just trying to be the best we can be as a team.

Joe: You came into the NFL projected as a special teams ace. Do you expect to play more special teams this year or any different roles there?

Grimm: I hope so. I’ve pretty much played every special teams. Last year I was off a couple. But I’ve always been on punt and punt block, and until they changed the kickoff rule I was on those. So I’m hoping I can be on all of them still. I mean I enjoy playing special teams. I always have. Hopefully I’ll be on them, but it’s Day 1, Week 1. There’s a lot that can happen.

Joe: What was the deal with the conditioning test? Was it that difficult and different for guys?

Grimm: I’d say it was a little harder of a conditioning test [compared to last year]. But I think everyone passed it today that didn’t pass it yesterday. So it’s doable. Everyone’s in good shape and that’s the main thing. They just wanted us to get in good shape before camp and limit injuries so everyone could be on the field as much as possible in camp so we can be the best team possible. Pretty straight-forward stuff.

29 Responses to “Cody Grimm Talks Competition, Special Teams”

  1. raphael Says:

    shiano just makes so much sense, I mean just be in shape before camp and limit injuries !!! what a concept ..

  2. Miguel Grande Says:

    Professional athletes train 12 months a year. Most players do not run sprints as a part of their training. Making them train for a ridiculous and unnecessary test takes away from more important work.

    The Little General’s idol, Belicheat makes his linemen run 10 40 yard sprints which is stupid enough although in a much cooler climate.

    What if Freeman tore a hamstring during the sprints? What if the Buc’s lost a starting DT during the sprints? Oops, they did. What if they lost a starting left tackle training for the ludicrous sprints? Oops, they did. What if your best cornerback tweaked his hamstring during the sprints? Oops, he did. What if the Little General loses the locker room on the 1st day of camp? Oops, he probable did.

    Everyone is reporting that the camp is moving at an extremely slow pace. Oops, unintended consequences strikes again.

  3. Mikefree7 Says:

    Players don’t run sprints?? That makes sense. Train slow to go fast

  4. dan Says:

    arent you just a little ball of sunshine?

  5. Gusjackson Says:

    @miguel That condition test is a called anaerobic workout. Training in bursts. This is what is asked from NFL players. Full speed bursts with a short break. If players are getting hurt from just running down the field how the hell would they be able to handle the “important stuff” with football. You know…..tackling, RUNNING, ect. Hell by your thoughts why even have training camp, we wouldn’t want Vincent Jackson to break his pinky catching passes. Let’s just cancel the whole thing.

  6. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    Miguel’s brain isn’t so Grande. Hay-Soos!

  7. princespanky Says:


    It wasn’t like they all knew it was coming and could have put in some effort which is more what he was looking for. I heard running is too extreme of a concept, nobody does that in a game.

  8. Bucnjim Says:

    LT & DT what? Penn wasn’t even in Florida when he got hurt! IF ANYONE gets hurt just running sprints; they’re in terrible shape to begin with. It’s called get your head out of your A$$ and start working hard. Do you understand the concept Migel?

  9. BuccFanInHawkeyeCountry Says:

    I havent read a bunch of babbled nonsense in quite awhile. Quoting Billy Madison.. Mr. “grande”, what you have just said, is the most insanely idiotic thing I have ever heard. At no point, in your rambling incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul.”

  10. Gusjackson Says:

    ^ one of my favorite quotes of all time!

  11. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    Miguel are you really complaining that Schiano made them work hard? And here I thought 2.2 was the dumbest guy here… wow. Just wow. And btw you should learn your facts.. nobody got injured during those sprints dumb ass. Penn hurt himself working out from home days before training camp started. Neither did Talib… And im positive he didnt lose the locker room like you suggest because he made them run… Stfu already you troll

  12. Miguel Grande Says:

    Running 110 yard sprints in the Florida heat is torture. It has nothing to do with football. We lost a half a dozen players because of it. The other 84 players are limping around at half speed and your QB is vomiting on the sidelines.

    No wonder K2 got dumped, he would have refused to participate.

    I smell a lawsuit coming on the Brian Price deal.

  13. CharlieB Says:

    You are just making stuff up, hombre. No one got hurt doing sprints today. They all got hurt in drills. Price got hurt yesterday, but he was already on the trading block.

  14. Tim Says:

    Migual can’t be a real person, no one could be this dumb.


    Who got hurt doing the sprints? ……oh wait….no one that’s right.

    Lawsuit? Wow are you dumb. Ya, he’s gonna sue for being traded. LMFAO! Did your parents have any children that lived?

  15. astrobuc Says:

    Joe, Thanks for the interview.

    I love Cody Grimm, What a refreshing attitude. If he stays healthy, He should have a long career.

  16. Tim Says:

    Lawsuit on the Brian Price deal…… I don’t know where you work, but where I work if you punch a coworker in the face you will be terminated on the spot. Also, go to Jail. Lawsuit. LOL!

  17. ryan Says:

    @miguel running in the heat is not torture people do it all the time. People from Kenya would be laughing at this type of practice. I was in track in high school and we did drills worse than 110 yard sprints in the heat.

  18. ryan Says:

    And also it will be hot during games. Dont you think they should be working hard outside so that when the season starts they will be ready to endure the heat.

  19. Bulldog Says:

    BuccFanInHawkeyeCountry,,, Very nice retort. I believe it is 2.2 in disguise as a more intelligent poster. Extreme sarcasm inserted here.
    GO BUCS !
    Love that Blue Collar work ethic. Add morals

  20. ClayBURN94 Says:

    @Miguelita Why are you even commenting on a sports website since you’ve obviously never played or understood sports before? 16 100’s is very doable and all the players said it themselves. Not to mention they knew ahead of time. You should be ashamed calling yourself a man saying players shouldnt be running around the florida heat. Shut your va**** and go bucs!!

  21. Bulldog Says:

    Quality Character and Accountability and we now have something to be proud of.
    Sorry about the pre mature posting. I wanted to see what it would feel like to be a 2.5 type of poster. My bad. chuckle chuckle

  22. raphael Says:

    miguel, have you ever seen the bucs play at 1:00 in the afternoon… the heat of the day? You can’t possibly be this dense…
    dumbest is miguel
    2nd dumbest is 2.2 inches

  23. Miguel Grande Says:


    “Quality Character and Accountability and we now have something to be proud of.”

    Remind me what is exactly Butch Davis’ job on this football team? If he is coaching football, then he doesn’t get to collect that 3-4 million dollar contract from North Carolina. Maybe, he’s in charge of quality, character and accountability only. He have learned all that stuff while at the U.

  24. Mr Lucky Says:

    Hey Joe nice work – boy who doesn’t love this kid? I really, really hope he stays healthy this year!

  25. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    Butch Davis is an advisor.. not a coach so yes he can collect his money. Do you read articles at all? Or do you just skip to comments section just to spew your stupidity for the rest of us to laugh at you?

  26. Andrew Says:

    silencethecritics your really on a roll today. best comments of the day.

  27. thomas two point two Says:

    If memory serves, Miguel was, insanely, a RahRah supporter. Yes, the worst coach in – well – the history of coaching, anything, not just sports.

    Miguel saw Lombardi like genius through all the mumbling jibberish.

  28. Mike J Says:

    astrobuc,Mr Lucky, put me on the fan list also. I think Cody will see some safety starts this year, despite Barber’s presence.Grimm seems to have a good instincts.Nice thing to have back there.

  29. FactsMatter Says:

    @Miniscule Mike (or is it Tiki?)
    You already know Butch Davis was found to have no knowledge of the impropieties going on at UNC. He was just the scapegoat which is why his firing was without cause thus forcing UNC to pay him as they should. So you are just pulling out stuff to defend a bad position.

    You’re negative for the sake of being negative. There are medications and therapy for that.

    And complaining about running sprints is a seriously bad position. You seem to have a problem with authority. You might want to start following the Redskins then.
    Tell us how wide receivers get downfield if they don’t run fast?? Running backs? Tight ends? Even *gasp* offensive lineman have to run fast – ever see a guard being pulled to lead block? I’m pretty sure the lineman runs to get into position instead of taking a casual stroll. Or maybe you think the Tampa lineman should walk on their toes Fred Flintstone style.
    And I know you haven’t seen it in quite some time, but defensive players are supposed to, get this, RUN FAST in order to make a tackle. I think if you did a survey of the other 31 teams, you will find their offensive players try to RUN FAST with the ball.
    And this doesn’t happen just once, but every play.

    And it’s interesting to note you think Belicheck does thing “stupidly” as well. How many times have you coached a team into the Superbowl? Or gone undefeated in the regular season?
    I’m sure you have problems with the way Lombardi did things as well.

    Schiano is not going to lose the locker room. In case you weren’t aware, the Bucs were a horrific team last year. If a player tunes out this coach, they are gone. His job isn’t to cater to a player on the team, his job is to field the best team. Even if it means replacing the players in the lockerroom.
    There are no irreplaceable players on the Bucs.
    You might want to learn why, despite being the all time RB for the Giants and a league leader in yards from scrimmage, Tiki Barber was not missed by the coaches, fellow players, or the fans when he retired.
    Per his book, “If Tom Coughlin had not remained as head coach of the Giants, I might still be in a Giants uniform.”
    He accused Coughlin of losing the lockerroom on more than one occassion. Two rings since.
    You really think Schiano is running a tougher camp than Coughlin or Belicheck? Although considering what coaches were just in the Superbowl, every other coach should be running tougher more intense camps to catch up.