Penn adamant his weight is not an issue
Bucs Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn acknowledged Wednesday he and coach Greg Schiano had disagreements last season about what his playing weight should be.
But Penn made it clear he's in the best shape he's been in a while, and Schiano said weight hasn't been an issue in the past year, "He's done everything we've asked," Schiano said.
The only reason this came up was because Penn took to Twitter over Memorial Day weekend after taking exception to something written on a fan web site, PewterReport.com, that alleged Penn might be on the hot seat in 2013 because the Bucs have tired of him failing to meet weight clauses in his contract in 2012.
Penn regretted the way he angrily responded on Twitter, using a few expletives, but admitted such inaccurate reports "kind of stabbed me in the stomach."
“I’ve been working hard this year, working hard this offseason,” Penn said. “Me and Schiano had a lot of talks last year about where he wanted my weight because we had a disagreement on where he wanted it, and where I thought I should be. And at the end of the day, that’s a battle I’m not going to win. And I bought in and have done everything they’ve asked me to. I’ve done everything Mark (Dominik) has asked me to do since they’ve been here, starting last year. For that to come out after I’ve been doing everything that I’ve done, it really kind of stabbed me in the stomach, because it made me feel bad like, where did that come from? I know it didn’t come from the Bucs, cause all I’ve been getting was praise.
“I came back on April 15 in my football weight. I haven’t done that, coming in April 15 for a while. I usually get down to it. For that stupid report to come out, it’s just I guess they’ve got nothing else to talk about.”
Schiano said, like many of the big guys, they've kept an eye on Penn's weight. When Schiano first arrived, Penn's weight "wasn't where we wanted it." But with strength coach Jay Butler and Kevin Luhrs, the team's nutritionist, trainer Todd Toriscelli, they educated Penn on the optimal size for his position.
"For the last, I don't know, year probably, he's hit all his weights and done a very good job," Schiano said. "And I think he's played well, too."
Said GM Mark Dominik: "I can tell you is what he's done and what he's doing is right on par with what we hoped and expected from Donald Penn. I think anything else has kind of been exaggerated.
Penn, who had tweeted he's at 330 pounds, said look at the field, not the scale.
"At the end of the day, my speak plays for itself," Penn said. "My film doesn’t lie, I'm oa consistent player."