Buccaneers sweating it out this training camp


Most of the other teams in the steamy part of the country are going early or late (or to West Virginia) to avoid the heat.

But the Buccaneers are charging right into the teeth of it, practicing in the swelter of the afternoon.

According to JoeBucsFan.com, the heat index for today’s 1 p.m. practice is scheduled to hit 100 degrees.


Bucs coach Lovie Smith has talked about using the heat to play into their home field advantage this fall, and most of their practices are scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Panthers are having most of their workouts in the morning, while the Saints headed to the mountains of West Virginia where the conditions are fall-like.
We’ll see if it works to Smith’s advantage this year, or whether his team is wiped out in camp and has little left for the regular season.


25 responses to “Buccaneers sweating it out this training camp

  1. The heat is one thing, but combined with the humidity of Florida’s west coast and you know the players are drowning in sweat. Whatever doesn’t kill them makes them stronger.

  2. I go running on my lunch break every day at 1PM. The only way to get used to the heat is to be active in it. As long as you hydrate properly, you should be fine.

  3. Genius move, really. If the team does well, it’s because of the hard work everyone put in during training camp. If it goes south, well, it’s not our lack of talent, it’s just the camp that did us in. Way to plan for PR, Bucs!

  4. It makes sense for the Saints to travel to cooler climates since they’re going to be playing in a controlled environment at home. No sense for them to sweat it out uneccesarily when they play at least 9 games indoors each year (8 at home, 1 in ATL).

    I miss the old days of the “Cheese League” when I was growing up and several NFL teams had their training camps on college campuses in WI. Packers practicing on their own fields but roomed at St. Norberts (which they’ve done since the 60’s), Jaguars at UW-Stevens Point (the football coach there had some very interesting stories on Tom Coughlin), Bears at UW-Platteville, Saints at UW-LaCrosse, and the Chiefs at UW-River Falls. But those were before the days of training camps being a source of revenue for the teams, and each has moved closer to home (with the exception now being the Saints who had a pretty nice facility erected to lure them away).

  5. Florida by far has to be one of the hottest in the states. What people don’t understand about down here is its not the heat. Its the flippin humidity that will wear you out. Nothing better than breathing in thick hot air on a summer day.

  6. He did this to the Bears too. I have to think that was a big reason those Chicago teams went into the tank late in the season, especially his last few years there as a lot of the core players were getting older. They just didn’t have enough left for the playoff push when it counted.

  7. Kelly’s Chronicles,

    In Tampa, the first 2 months of the season you’re going to be dealing with 90+ degree gametime temperatures. If you have to play 8 home games(and 2 preseason) in that heat and humidity, there’s no other way to acclimate to it. Korey Stringer was an unfortunate tragedy, but you have to know your body and not ignore the signs of heat exhaustion. Again, hydration is the key. What fluids go out have to go back in.

  8. Agreed on hydration part tampamac. The problem though is training camp means they are out there for hours and hours every single day in that weather. At least with the games, 3 hours and its over. But I see your point.

  9. If I’m not mistaken, the new CBA rules don’t allow more than 4 hours of on field work now in camp. Definitely no more 2 a days. So it is a much more controlled environment, partially due to Stringer’s death.

  10. They could be practicing at the North Pole but, one thing is certain, the Bucs will finish dead last in the NFC South.

  11. @mrlaloosh

    Spoken like a true over-confident New Orleans fan. We shall see who’s last.

  12. 100 degrees hardly a blip on the themometer in Phoenix. And, for those who think triple digits are nothing in the “dry heat” of the desert, we are in monsoon season complete with the humidity of a more tropical climate. Practice in helmets and pads even for four hours can be extremely unpleasant and even hazardous!

  13. Lovie made that statement while taking a break in his office with the air conditioner going full blast.

  14. I don’t care what season you’re in, the humidity in ARI is nowhere even close to central FL. It’s like breathing through a hot wet towel all day. I’ve lived in Arizona/Nevada/Florida and FL is twice as bad as the others.

  15. Lovie’s approach is old school and I’m not really disagreeing with it as it could become an advantage.

    But you have to be concerned with injuries associated with dehydration like cramping and hamstring pulls.

  16. Oh please. Dungy used to run two-a-days and the Bucs did just fine during the season.

    One 3-4 hour practice with multiple water breaks isn’t going to hurt them.

    nawlinssaints1956, you shouldn’t worry about the humidity, it will be cold as heck on December 28th…but you should definitely worry about the Bucs. That game could very well decide the NFC South.

  17. First, It’s 2 hours a day in the heat. The rest of their training camp is classroom and gym time in their giant air conditioned facility. They will survive and be better for it.

    Next, teams certainly learned from Stringer’s death. The Bucs have their practice fields crawling with trainers hooking these guys up with fluids, cold towels for the necks, fans, and shade. There’s nearly a trainer for every 2 or 3 players. The situation is very much under control.

    Last, does anyone remember who the New Orleans Saints were before Drew Brees came to town? A funny thing happens when one man makes or breaks your franchise, it is in fact very fragile.

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