Bucs throttle down indoors
After a day in which about 18 players needed intravenous fluids, the Bucs practiced indoors at the Milkhouse at Disney's Wide World of Sports Wednesday morning.
The team used the session to prepare for Saturday's preseason game at Jacksonville. One more afternoon workout, a walk-through Thursday morning and - hooray - the Bucs training camp will be over.
""We've had two practices the last two days and the heat index has been well over 100 (degrees) all four practices,'' Gruden said. ""I think it's the right thing to do. We got a lot of plays done, a lot of situations looked at and some good film study. That was the plan today.''
Gruden has made a much more concerted effort to give his team a break from the heat, particularly veteran players, many of whom have been limited to one practice per day.
The Bucs also had a surprise visit from Governor Charlie Crist, who predicted the Bucs would have a winning season.
""I told him we had President Bush here last year and we won four games,'' Gruden said. ""So give me some good stuff, brother. I'm a big fan of his. He's got a tough job, making sure the state of Florida and the United States is in order. I admire these people tremendously for what they do and it was great to meet him personally and have him around the guys.''