Pace Chatter Is A Mirage

June 8th, 2022

Eyes were opened yesterday when Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen talked about how practice was faster than usual, and about how Tom Brady did a great job pushing the pace on his first day back to work.

Today, Todd Bowles, Mike Evans and Donovan Smith were asked about a ramp up in tempo and all threw cold water on it.

Evans and Bowles essentially said everything is the same as in past years. Smith noted how Bowles only runs underwear football practice on one field, whereas Bucco Bruce Arians had multiple fields going. Smith also said the Bucs finish their daily practice schedule early, which speaks to pace, but he didn’t note it as a change.

So has Bowles ramped up spring practice, or has Brady, both without Arians as the big boss calling the shots?

The answer appears to be, No.

Joe’s naked eye sees a crisp practice (and good zip on Kyle Trask’s fastballs) but nothing much out of the Arians ordinary.

14 Responses to “Pace Chatter Is A Mirage”

  1. Goatfarmer Says:

    Great idea Todd! Just use one field so dudes don’t get as many reps. That’s smart, you bet.

  2. Hodad Says:

    I don’t want Trask on one field, and Tom on another, do you Goat farmer? Maybe Bowles knows more about what he’s doing than you think he knows what he’s doing. If a rookie is shining on one field while Bowles is on another, he won’t see it live. Ever think maybe he wants to see everyone at once. Reps aren’t a problem. With a fast pace of practice, and a month of training camp everyone is going to get their share of reps. I’m guessing Todd wants to see all of it.

  3. Dooley Says:

    football equivalent of everybody in the class reading from the same blackboard

  4. zzbucs Says:


    I get your pòint here, but Bowles will know everything that happens on different places, that´s one of many reasons he has assitants and coordinators

  5. GOB Says:

    Brady always talks about practicing with a purpose. I don’t think that’s lip service. As for bowles, part of being an effective HC is delegation. Coach the coaches up, and let them do their job. The last HC didn’t coach his staff. Not an opinion, he told us so. We should see the results on the field

  6. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Love the way Brady practices obviously it’s the reason why he is the goat n honestly we need more. Wish Brady would sit the whole team down from coaches to the water boy n teach on this. It’s so important. If you practice bad it shows up in games. Look at how it was before Brady got here

  7. Goatfarmer Says:

    Hodad. They have these things now a days. Called “ cameras.” Video. So they can all be seen. I know, technology hs come a long way since the days of Bronco Nagurski.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It’s possible Bowles will be doing one field for the short mini camp and two fields for TC….Isn’t one field the norm?
    I can see merit to both….but it sure seems like 2 fields would be better.

  9. GOB Says:

    1#bucsfan, the ultimate example is the 2007 Patriots. They had a horrible week of practice from all reports, and they absolutely sucked in the superbowl. It starts and ends with good practice.

  10. Eddie Marz Says:

    GOB New England didn’t suck in the 2007 Super Bowl. They got outplayed by The Giants. GOBUCS!

  11. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    I’m sure they record practice too so Bowels can watch the film afterwards. I could be wrong but I’m also not claiming to say Bowels isn’t doing something for good reason. Why don’t we stick to being fan’s and trust the process and the coaches until they give us reason to second guess the why’s and why not… Go Bucs

  12. GOB Says:

    Eddie, the Patriots played their worst game, in the Superbowl. Brady’s ankle didn’t help, but they didn’t adjust. 14 points, for that offense classifies as sucking. They scored 35 against the same team, a few weeks before.

  13. Beej Says:

    It’s not like you use the whole field to practice

  14. ModHairKen Says:

    Overwork equals underperform