Bears, Bucs take different approaches to London game

AP

The Bucs have done this London thing before, and they think they learned a thing or two.

Lesson No. 1: Arrive there early.

Last time around, the Bucs treated the game like any other road contest.  They left Tampa Friday and got there Saturday morning London time for a Sunday game.  They players said they hated it.

“I slept all day Saturday the last time I was there,” tackle Donald Penn told the Tampa Tribune. “I was tired. . . . It took a lot out of me the last time. It’s a big time adjustment. I’m real happy about how we’re doing it this year.”

Tampa took the opposite approach this time around. They left on Monday, and allowed their players to see the sights Tuesday.

The Bears are going the other route, deciding to practice this week in Chicago. They have taken criticism from former player Desmond Clark and the writers at ESPNChicago.com for treating this like any other week.

Perhaps it’s all mental and doesn’t make a difference. But the Bucs believe they have an advantage in London with their approach.

42 responses to “Bears, Bucs take different approaches to London game

  1. Apparently the Bears believe in jet lag about as much as they believe in building a competent offensive line.

  2. I’ve made that trip at least a dozen times – you are still jet lagged two days later, especially if you take the red eye. The earlier they get there, the better.

  3. Same thing happened to Denver last year when McDaniels tried to pull off Tapegate Jr. Practiced in Denver, went to London late in the week. Lost.

  4. With all that time, I wonder how long it will take one of them to stroll down to the local pub and mix it up with a few local hooligans.

  5. as usual, Angelo thinks he knows best. tv had this trip last year, you’d think he wouldn’t try and reinvent the wheel.

  6. Jay Cutler doesn’t like to leave the USA.

    I guess he doesn’t feel protected enough when he leaves, poor little fella.

  7. Shouldn’t there be a rule when you play there twice in three years, at least one of the games shouldn’t be your “home” game? Bucs taking it in the rear, again.

  8. savocabol1 says:
    Oct 19, 2011 12:19 PM
    Football in London is the dumbest thing the NFL does.

    THIS! If you want to spread the sport, then start 10 teams over there in a separate league..wait, they already tried that but with lesser talent..

  9. @brock29609, it is the teams choice. The Bucs don’t have to do the game, they volunteer for it. With their ownership having ties over in London it doesn’t take a genius to figure it out.

  10. Chicago will feel the effects of this. The jet lag and tie difference will effect them. As a boxer we always go to where our event was going to be several days in advance. Guys who come from other countries usually do about 2 or 3 weeks.

  11. I don’t like these London games for the sole reason these games are great for the local economy. Cities get at most 10 homes games not including the preseason and usually only 8.

  12. So, the NFL would rather give the jobs to the Brits rather than Americans. I’m talking about the jobs like parking attendants, security, cops, concession, not to mention the lost revenue to local bars/restaurants and hotels. Goodell is selling out to a country who really doesn’t care for American football. They have their own sports. The NFL is a novelty after all the hype, which is quickly wearing off.

  13. Whether they leave on Monday or Friday the Bears will still suck. Leaving on Friday simply gives them an excuse…

  14. They are not flying to Australia you know.
    A non stop flight from Chicago to London takes about 7 1/2 hours.
    The shortest non stop flight between Boston and San Diego takes about 5 hours.

    I don’t remember anyone getting their panties in a bunch when the Patriots and the Chargers played each other in the playoffs.

  15. This article neglects to mention that the Bears are flying in tomorrow NOT Friday and that the Patriots flew in on a Thursday when they played there and won their game.

    Flying in early could be a distraction. You know the players are going to want to go out in a foreign country. That means curfews, and checking on players, and a possible arrest or two.

  16. Hmmm, never would have thought about the Bucs having a advantage getting there early and getting acclamated to the colorful neckware across the pond. Lay the 1 1/2!!!!!! Seriously, though, I do the the TIME adjustment (know you just forgot the ‘m’) will play a factor, a lesson learned two years ago.

  17. Angelo took his buddy Belichick’s advice on how to schedule the week. Let’s hope he wasn’t being sabotaged.
    Also, as others have mentioned, how is this travel any worse than say, the Raiders flying to Miami? These are pro athletes getting top quality treatment. I’m sure they can find a way to run around for a few hours after a few days of rest.

  18. 46defense says: Oct 19, 2011 1:28 PM

    This article neglects to mention that the Bears are flying in tomorrow NOT Friday and that the Patriots flew in on a Thursday when they played there and won their game.

    Flying in early could be a distraction. You know the players are going to want to go out in a foreign country. That means curfews, and checking on players, and a possible arrest or two.

    What YOU fail to mention is that those Patriots played one of the worst Buccaneer teams these eyes have ever seen… If it wasn’t for J Free starting week 8, we would have went 0-16..

  19. How do the Bucs get chosen for this twice in three years? Not fair to the people of Tampa Bay or Buccaneer players.

  20. philtration says:
    Oct 19, 2011 1:18 PM
    They are not flying to Australia you know.
    A non stop flight from Chicago to London takes about 7 1/2 hours.
    The shortest non stop flight between Boston and San Diego takes about 5 hours.

    I don’t remember anyone getting their panties in a bunch when the Patriots and the Chargers played each other in the playoffs.

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    You ever check out the records of teams flying across country? It isn’t good.

  21. You ever check out the records of teams flying across country? It isn’t good.

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    And so far this year it isn’t bad either.
    The horrible Seahawks just went into Giant Stadium last week and beat the Giants.
    Take the 49ers in just the last 4 weeks. This team was thought to be pitiful going into the season and 3 out of the last 4 weeks they have had to travel cross country to Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Detroit. All 3 of these teams are fairly decent.
    The 49ers are 3-0 in these games.

  22. philtration says:
    Oct 19, 2011 1:18 PM
    They are not flying to Australia you know.
    A non stop flight from Chicago to London takes about 7 1/2 hours.
    The shortest non stop flight between Boston and San Diego takes about 5 hours.

    I don’t remember anyone getting their panties in a bunch when the Patriots and the Chargers played each other in the playoffs.

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    You ever check out the records of teams flying across country? It isn’t good.
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    Sorry but I am pretty sure that BOTH teams are flying to London.

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