Raheem Morris demands more intensity, tempo
The Bucs continue to battle the issues you expect with a young team, namely keeping the necessary level of intensity in practice.
Today at Bucs camp, where there was just a single afternoon practice, coach Raheem Morris stopped the workout and deviated from his practice script with a full-speed, full-squad, live tackling period.
Morris said it shouldn't have been necessary, but he felt it was needed to get his players' attention.
"We just have to understand consistency in our tempo," Morris said. "We have a young football team. It's hard for these guys to get out there and really get it going unless they're going live. Then I make them go live and they want to keep going live. But you can't practice like that either. You have to get that point across. You have to be able to come out and play at a high tempo without taking each other to the ground. We need to keep each other healthy so we can make it through the season."
Morris is trying to use live drills selectively, perhaps more so than in his rookie season last year.
"These guys went live yesterday and they want to do it again today and they're asking for more tomorrow," he said. "I guess it's a good thing, but I'd like for them to come out with a better tempo right off the bat.
"We just have to increase the consistency of the tempo and kind of self-motivate. It's the approach. It becomes a routine. Somewhere in your mind as a player, you can't let it become routine. We just went through a live period and nobody thought about limping. It was easy. Everybody knew there were real bullets flying and it was time to go. Then, you go to a (non-tackling) period and it's like, 'Oh, do I pull up here or do I ease up here?' That's when people get hurt. That's when somebody falls into the quarterback or we fall into each other's knees.
"Everybody has to be going to same speed. Everybody's got to work at a high tempo."