Bucs offseason program kicks off today
The Bucs kick off their nine-week offseason program today, beginning a process they hope will position them for success in 2013.
Things begin slowly when players report this morning for voluntary strength and conditioning work in Phase 1 of the NFL’s tightly-regulated offseason program. There is no on-field football work done during this two-week span, though that does not prevent coaches and players from working together off the field in meeting rooms. With several new assistant coaches on the Bucs’ staff this year, there’s an opportunity for those coaches to start getting some valuable face time with their pupils.
The Bucs enjoyed rather impressive attendance during this phase last year, no doubt related to coach Greg Schiano being new. But it’s expected that the attendance will be solid again as the roster turnover continues and the Bucs have created some competition for returning players.
Phase 2 is when things get ramped up, with coaches allowed to join players on the field for football-specific drills, but it’s not full-fledged practice. Phase 3 includes a maximum of 10 OTA sessions plus a mandatory minicamp. That begins in mid-May and extends through June.
Back to today, we’ll hear from Schiano after the morning’s workouts as he is scheduled for a press conference. There’s plenty to probe with the coach, from the Darrelle Revis saga to the status of Ronde Barber to the draft.
Check tampabay.com for updates on all this from One Buc Place later today.