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Report: Bucs, Patriots talking about joint practices

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Bill Belichick really likes seeing how NFC South teams practice.

That’s the conclusion we’ve drawn from a Boston Herald report that the Patriots are talking to the Buccaneers about holding joint practices this summer. We’ve already heard word that Belichick and Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt were talking about getting their crews together and the Patriots had joint sessions with the Saints and Falcons in 2010.

The message to the Panthers: Don’t call us, we’ll call you.

If the Bucs and Patriots do decide to work together, the days leading up to their preseason game on August 24th would make sense. As Jeff Howe of the Herald notes, the Pats have a short week after a game on August 20th but motivated parties have a way of making such things work out.

Tampa makes a natural choice for the Patriots to practice with over the summer because Belichick and Tampa coach Greg Schiano have enjoyed a close relationship over the years with Belichick offering advice to Schiano as he decided whether or not to take the leap from Rutgers to the NFL. It can be hard to keep such friendships alive as competitors, but it looks like Belichick and Schiano are trying to figure out a way to have a mutually beneficial relationship.

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11 Responses to “Report: Bucs, Patriots talking about joint practices”
  1. homelanddefense says: Jun 25, 2012 2:29 PM

    perhaps they are picking teams they rarely play…..

  2. tcmiller30 says: Jun 25, 2012 2:48 PM

    I bet the Rams wish the Pats asked permission to attend their practices back in 2001.

  3. benchwarmer69 says: Jun 25, 2012 2:54 PM

    This offseason has been a blessing so far and this would be the icing on the cake. Practicing with the Pats should help the young Bucs.

    And wow, Schiano really does command respect. He’s got the “guru” of the NFL as his bff.

  4. CKL says: Jun 25, 2012 3:11 PM

    Schiano also coached BB’s son, the one who is now on BB’s staff.

    I can’t help but think of when the Bucs played the Pats in preseason and Gerald McCoy was cracking me up with his comments like, “Please Mr. Brady will you let us line up”? :)

    Attention sensible Saints fans: ignorance of facts like the type displayed in tcmiller’s comment is now yours forever too. I feel your pain.

  5. jpb12 says: Jun 25, 2012 3:13 PM

    I thought the Patriots faxed the Saints an invitation?

    Schiano must have a fax machine too

  6. tcmiller30 says: Jun 25, 2012 3:20 PM

    “Attention sensible Saints fans: ignorance of facts like the type displayed in tcmiller’s comment is now yours forever too. I feel your pain.”

    Attention saints fans. It will also remove your ability to sense sarcasm and the ability to laugh at your teams misdoings.

  7. cooklynn17 says: Jun 25, 2012 3:27 PM

    Good, this way the Pats can kick the tar out of the tampa bay buccaneers so they can feel better about being worked by Mr. Elite in the Superbowl again.

  8. lambeauleaper says: Jun 25, 2012 3:33 PM

    Sounds good. Just no “joint” practices for the Lions. Those players don’t do too well with them…

  9. patsfiend says: Jun 25, 2012 5:27 PM

    cooklynn17 says:
    Jun 25, 2012 3:27 PM
    Good, this way the Pats can kick the tar out of the tampa bay buccaneers so they can feel better about being worked by Mr. Elite in the Superbowl again.
    ———–
    A bit of a stretch, don’t you think, NY troll?

  10. screamingsheep69 says: Jun 25, 2012 6:54 PM

    The Panthers play the Pats every year in the preseason, no need to have another practice.

  11. TheWizard says: Jun 25, 2012 7:51 PM

    It will also remove your ability to sense sarcasm and the ability to laugh at your teams misdoings

    It’s been done here for years by people that add nothing of value to the comments.

    Way old.

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