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Reduced training camp schedule will affect Bucs' preparation



Earlier this summer, Bucs coach Raheem Morris said he and his coaches had cooked up a plan to install any new elements of their offensive and defensive schemes in as little as seven days.

But a provision in the new collective bargaining agreement might impact those intentions.

Somewhere in the volumes of rules and regulations that make up the CBA will be an agreement that no two-a-day practices will be conducted during training camp this season. Given the lack of an offseason because of the NFL's work stoppage, Morris and his staff surely were planning on taking advantage of some twice-per-day workouts to get caught up on installation that normally would have been done during offseason practices.

Now, the anticipated timeline might have to be altered yet again, putting further stress on coaches to get their teams ready. The offensive line will be particularly affected as it will have a new position coach, Pat Morris. He has not yet had the chance to work with any of the players he'll be coaching.

Under normal circumstances, coaches spend a great deal of the summertime installing offensive plays, defensive coverages and the like. Then, when training camp begins, only a small amount of installation remains. The rest of the time is spent going through repetitions of things already in the playbook.

Though this won't be an ideal situation, the Bucs do have a couple things working in their favor. They have Morris returning as the defensive coordinator for the second straight season and, for the third consecutive season, Greg Olson remains the offensive coordinator. That gives the Bucs the kind of consistency that teams who have undergone coaching changes can only dream about under the current difficult circumstances.

Look for the Bucs to take full advantage of the ability to have walkthroughs on days when they also have a conventional practice. Teams will be permitted to double up only if the second "practice" is a walkthrough in which players are not wearing helmets.

The Bucs also will likely spent more time in the meeting room, particularly after the four-month layoff.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 12:55pm]


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