Fatigue leads to dropped passes, but Schiano says the pads will stay on
Bucs receivers dropped a lot of passes in Tuesday's practice, a rarity that coach Greg Schiano explained as tired legs, not bad hands.
"Today, quite frankly, I thought the fatigue might have gotten to some guys because we dropped some balls,'' Schiano said. "That's usually the No. 1 reason. So we're going to check out the tape and see. Usually, it's a fundamental flaw, you don't get your hands together, you don't get your hands up in time, you don't get your eyes around, those kinds of things. That ball is coming now, and when you're tired, if you miss by a tenth of a second, it can lead to you not catching the football.''
Even with the Bucs preparing to play their first preseason game at Miami Friday, Schiano said he had no plans to let up on his players after nine straight days in pads.
"No. Not right now,'' Schiano said. "We will. I mean, I'm not trying to be a hard guy or anything. We will. As I tell them, I'll make sure we're ready Sept. 9. We'll be feeling good and ready to play. Right now, we're building the foundation of our 2012 team and part of that foundation is built through suffering together.
"I thought they worked hard today. It's getting to that point where they're tired. Sore. They're fighting through it, and I know we have a game Friday, but right now, it's about the Buccaneers. It's about us. We got to get better. We're not ready to be preparing and getting ready for another football team yet. So that's what we did. Guys pushed through the pain, pushed through the discomfort.''