It’s hot in Tampa, especially in the early months of the season. New Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano knows it.
And he plans to have his players ready for it.
As Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune explains it, Schiano requires players to run from one drill to the next during OTA sessions. Injured players perform whatever work they can perform outside, in the sun.
“That has to become our advantage,” Schiano said. “When you get teams out there in that stadium and it’s really hot and you push the envelope, I think it becomes an advantage and that’s something that is important to me.”
And Schiano knows a thing or two about maximizing the benefits of playing home games in heat and humidity. He served as an assistant coach at the University of Miami for two years before becoming the head coach at Rutgers.
So look for the Bucs to be fully acclimated when the Panthers come to town on September 9, when the Redskins arrive on September 30, when the Chiefs visit on October 14, and when the Saints slide out of the climate-controlled Superdome on October 21.