Bucs coaches evaluating players' mastery of playbook
It’s been more than a month since Bucs coaches last saw their players. What players do when not under the supervision of coaches is part of what keeps coaches up at night.
Among the things coaches hope players do in their limited free time is brush up on their playbooks. That’s especially important for a team like Tampa Bay, which is installing a new offense and defense under Greg Schiano’s new coaching staff.
On Thursday, when Bucs rookies began practicing (veterans report next Thursday), Schiano was quietly evaluating his players’ proficiency levels, whether they knew it or not.
“I think as a group, (they did) pretty well,” Schiano said after the workout. “Some guys (did) really well. Some guys I can tell went home and studied their tails off. Like I tell the rookies all the time you’re being evaluated on everything. Everybody here is. Whether it’s on-field, off-field, in the media, in the community. We look at a total picture. It’s not just one thing.”
Linebacker Lavonte David claims he was among those who put in work during the past month.
“I got back in the playbook and learned all the small things and tried to stay in shape,” he said. “Some stuff I had to get refreshed on – the little things. But I think everything just picked up where it left off.”