Bucs hoping heat will help slow Bills up-tempo offense
With temperatures near a record high of 82 degrees Thursday, the Bucs spilled some sweat as their scout team offense simulated the Buffalo Bills’ up-tempo attack. The forecast Sunday calls for 80 degrees and no chance of rain, which might create a home field advantage for the Bucs.
“As we all know it’s really heated up here the last couple of days and it’s going to be very warm on Sunday,’’ coach Greg Schiano said. “Today we were simulating the no huddle with running a couple huddles and running guys in and out and I’m sure we’ll have some IVs flowing in the training room. So real feel (like temperature) out there was close to 90 (degrees). That will have an impact, I’m sure.
“I know when we used to come down here to play and it was cooler up north, we had an indoor and turned the heat up in the indoor and got the guys ready for it. I’m sure Doug is doing something to that nature if they have the ability to do that. I don’t know if they have the heat on their indoor. But without a doubt, a combination of the heat and our fans (should be an advantage).’’
Tomorrow’s weather in Buffalo is forecast for snow showers and 35 degrees.
“What we try to do and emphasize, really emphasize is we have to stay hydrated,’’ Schiano said. “Guys will do that. Guys understand it, when you live down here and learn how to handle it. But like I said, I’m sure we’ve got IVs going now because guys are sweating like crazy, which isn’t a great thing but they’ll get replenished. And now from this point forward, we’re not going to go very hard so I think we’ll be fine by Sunday.’’
Cornerback Darrelle Revis says the heat will be an advantage for the Bucs.