Bucs moving practices to morning in hopes of avoiding worst of Florida heat

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Dirk Koetter won’t take on another team as the head coach of the Buccaneers for a few months, but he’s found an opponent to game plan against this spring.

That opponent goes by the name of Mother Nature and Koetter is hoping to limit her impact on his team while they are on the practice field. The Bucs held practice at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Koetter said that the team will continue to work in the morning through training camp and the preseason in hopes of avoiding the worst of the heat in Tampa.

“The last 10 years I’ve been coaching in the South I really do believe there is a cumulative effect over the course of the season, from August until the end of the year, when you’re out here, even if it’s for walkthrough at 12, 1, 2 [p.m.] and it’s 95 degrees and the sun is beating on you,” Koetter said, via the team’s website. “I just think there’s a cumulative effect. We are going to do everything we can to try to chip away at that. There’s some things we can’t get away from, but we’re going to do what we can.”

As a local meteorologist pointed out, there’s no guarantees that the weather will be cooler early in the day and the nature of summer in Florida is such that you’re going to be broiling at some point or another while on the practice field. If you can limit those moments as much as possible, practices should be more productive which should benefit the team as they prepare for more tangible opposition.

26 responses to “Bucs moving practices to morning in hopes of avoiding worst of Florida heat

  1. Makes perfect sense. People I know in FLA mow lawns at 7am to avoid direct sun.

    Now all we need are the science deniers to label these guys pansies. Everyone knows if you don’t risk stroke you’re not a real man. TB players will now be accused of wearing uggs.

  2. Or they could build the indoor practice facility they have had on the drawing board for over a decade.

    The last proposal they have (and I know) was for a complete facility for under $6M. In other words, for less than they are paying Doug Martin to play next year, they could have an indoor facility to escape the extreme heat for the next 30 years.

    They are one of only two teams in the NFL that doesn’t have an indoor facility, the other being the Bengals. Do you really want to be compared to THAT ownership?

  3. groleo45 says:
    May 25, 2016 9:33 AM
    Why don’t they get them out on the practice field at 7am? 1030 seems like it’s already too late.

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    Any earlier than 10:00 in the morning means wet grass in the Tampa area. They have a practice facility in the works so they have a future plan in place.

  4. Oh yeah, nothing like 95 degrees and sunny…screw that ! i live in ny and when the temp gets to around the upper eighties, you will not find me outdoors. fall and winter rule.

  5. Makes sense. No matter what your stance on climate change, you can’t argue that Florida is a blast furnace from noon-6 PM in the summer. It’s only logical to practice outside that time frame to keep your players fresh.

    Koetter’s use of common sense adds to my belief that the Bucs are the only threat to the Panthers in the NFCS for the next 10 years.

  6. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    May 25, 2016 9:51 AM
    Or they could build the indoor practice facility they have had on the drawing board for over a decade.

    The last proposal they have (and I know) was for a complete facility for under $6M. In other words, for less than they are paying Doug Martin to play next year, they could have an indoor facility to escape the extreme heat for the next 30 years.

    They are one of only two teams in the NFL that doesn’t have an indoor facility, the other being the Bengals. Do you really want to be compared to THAT ownership?

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    I know for a fact that Seattle, Carolina, and Jacksonville do not have an indoor practice facility. So no, it is not just the Browns and Buccaneers.

  7. .
    All things in Florida run on an earlier schedule than the rest of the country. Their early morning local news begins at 4am, which is often about the time people are getting up. Starting practices in the morning and avoiding the midday heat and humidity is good business.

    Koetter was correct when he spoke of the cumulative effect of the heat. . Unlike many northern cities, Tampa rarely gets above 95°. However, from May 1st until October 1st it’s 88-94 and sunny every day. It can seem relentless..
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  8. lgbarn says:

    Any earlier than 10:00 in the morning means wet grass in the Tampa area. They have a practice facility in the works so they have a future plan in place.

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    Some “plan”. Their “plan” remains, as its been for the last decade or so, is to find someone else to pay for it. When they used to have training camp at Disney Sports in Orlando, they tried to get Disney to pay for it. Then, they tried for years to get the Tampa Sports Authority to pay for it. Their latest “plan” was to hide the costs for it in the stadium renovation budget, which was also being paid for by the TSA.

    Their ownership is short sighted and cheap, no getting around it.

  9. jcdough says:

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    I know for a fact that Seattle, Carolina, and Jacksonville do not have an indoor practice facility. So no, it is not just the Browns and Buccaneers.
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    Check your facts. Seattle has the newest most state of art indoor practice facility in the NFL. Jacksonville has an actual “plan” for an indoor facility funded by ownership.

    Your right about the Panthers. I forgot about them. They do have something on the drawing board, but who knows.

  10. Also needs to be mentioned the Florida storms that hit between 2-5 every day in the summer. Loser Lovie and his afternoon practices had to cancel half of them due to the bad weather. Dirk is a common sense guy…..Florida afternoons on field will hit 120 and it always storms…..nice to have a coach that plans around that.

  11. ….this makes complete sense & it’s a wonder other teams in hot climates don’t do the same….Oh , here’;s why, some coaches think practicing in 90 degree heat instills toughness in their team. Old school mentality.

  12. jcdough says:
    May 25, 2016 10:56 AM
    I know for a fact that Seattle, Carolina, and Jacksonville do not have an indoor practice facility. So no, it is not just the Browns and Buccaneers.
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    I know for a fact some people that have the money to replace them drive cars with bald tires anyway, doesn’t make it a good idea.

  13. The distance runners I know make sure to get their runs started before 7 a.m. in the Summer. By 10:30 the sun is already high in the sky and temperatures are near their peaks. In Tampa it will already be above 80 degrees by the time they start.

  14. New coach for the Bucs is already whining about the Florida weather. Crazy! Looks like another losing season for the wimpy Bucs on the horizon. Geaux Saints!

  15. “As a local meteorologist pointed out, there’s no guarantees that the weather will be cooler early in the day”
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    It’s pretty much a guarantee unless the point was that a 10:30 start is too late since that would have them practicing until after noon which would be approaching the heat of the day.

  16. Humidity is higher at 1030 than in the afternoon and not much cooler. I would have them start no later than 0730. They can suck up up, soldiers start PT at 0630 and make a fraction of the money.

  17. Best is one thing buts the insane humidity in all of Florda that’s the real problem. Go out west to Arizona. When it’s 95 people drive with their windows down and the air is not thick due to humidity is around 12% vs &0% plus. The entire state of Florida is a swamp. Been there many times and still do not like any part of it

  18. Does Dirk Koetter know that most games are played at 1:00 and 4:00? Get your players used to the heat and when other times come to Tampa to play you have a competitive advantage.

  19. amaf21 says:
    May 25, 2016 10:18 AM
    #soft
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    I’d like to see you work out in 100 degree heat for hours on end while wearing pads. Speaking as someone who has had heat stroke (while serving with the Marines in Iraq) it doesn’t matter how tough you are or how “soft” someone is. If your body gets too hot, bad things happen and you can’t just gut it out.

  20. Does Dirk Koetter know that most games are played at 1:00 and 4:00? Get your players used to the heat and when other times come to Tampa to play you have a competitive advantage.

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    The Bucs don’t play an outdoor 1 o’clock game until October 30th….By 4pm the heat/humidty in Tampa is starting to draw down and the shadow is already starting creepy across the field at RayJay

  21. Hey. I live in southwest Florida, and my Giant Anaconda is NEVER sluggish, thank you very much.

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