Morris talks about practicing at the "Good Luck Trop"
The Bucs took their practice Thursday morning under the roof at Tropicana Field, something they did often during last season to "beat the heat." And considering they went 10-6, they didn't want to change too much from a routine of working out a place where the Rays have won two of the past three American League East titles under manager Joe Maddon.
"Went over there to steal some of that Coach Maddon Glow," coach Raheem Morris said. "Went and sat in his seat, rubbed around a little bit, rolled in that dust."
Of course, the reason was two-fold this week, with Tampa Bay preparing to play in a dome in Minnesota. The players got to get used to the lights, turf, etc while practicing in pads.
Though some Bucs players - including QB Josh Freeman - cramped up due to the heat in Sunday's 27-20 loss to Detroit, Morris felt they handled the weather well.
"I thought we actually got stronger throughout the game," Morris said. "We just started to come on and I put them in an adverse sitaution going into the two-minute (offense). They responded, they scored and gave us a chance to win. I thought we got better, thought we got stronger and stronger and thought we were getting stronger at the end when they were starting to get weaker. They won the game, so obviously we didn't get strong enough, but from a conditioning standpoint, I felt good about where we were."
-- JOE SMITH