Raheem Morris warns of intense training camp for Bucs
Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris has maintained from Day 1 he wants a team that possesses toughness. Now he's making it clear he will find out who does and doesn't have it.
Morris said the Bucs will hold seven fewer training-camp practices this fall but they will conduct more workouts in full and partial pads than under former coach Jon Gruden.
The former regime of Gruden and his staff scaled back the workload in training camp for many players, particularly veterans. Morris clearly has other intentions.
"We'll hopefully get more enthusiastic practices," he said. "We'll have more juice. We'll have more energy. We'll see more physical, tough acts being displayed on the football field. We'll be in pads. It'll be a little bit different."
Part of Morris' goal in holding more physical practices is to work on basics like tackling, a skill that was lacking late last season when the Bucs collapsed with four straight losses to close out '08.
It's an ambitious approach Morris is taking and one that comes with some inherent risks, but he seems steadfast in his plans. As a result, players had better be in excellent shape when they report on July 31.