Digital countdown clock, new locker assignments greet Bucs
Time is our enemy.
That’s been the message from coach Greg Schiano to Bucs players since he arrived in Tampa Bay.
To hammer that point home even further, Schiano had a large, digital clock installed in the Bucs locker room counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds (18 days, 3 hours, 56 minutes) until kickoff in the regular-season opener against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium. A Panthers logo is visible on the clock.
Wednesday marked the first open locker room session for media and several changes, which were made months ago, were somewhat telling.
“I think it’s a visual tool,’’ backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky said of the countdown clock. "I remember when this said 90 (days) when we went home for a couple weeks. We’re down to 18 days. But for me, that’s the fun part. We’re at the part of camp, once you get past this game, you’re starting to prepare for the (regular) season. That’s when it gets to be fun.’’
Orlovsky, who has played for three other NFL teams, was asked if he had ever been in a locker room with a digital clock counting down until kickoff?
“No. I haven’t,’’ he said.
Schiano has made other not-so-subtle changes to the locker room. In the past, players’ lockers have been group by position. But this year, Schiano has mixed and matched positions and personalities.
Receiver Mike Williams’ locker is next to Davin Joseph. Josh Freeman’s locker neighbor is guard Ted Larsen. Cornerback Aqib Talib and linebacker Quincy Black are grouped. So is receiver Vincent Jackson and Myron Lewis.