Silver lining in those rain clouds for Buccaneers
Rain moved up and cut short Bucs practice this morning, though the silver lining in those rain clouds was the opportunity for the players to work in wet conditions.
“For some reason when it rains it makes it fun,” linebacker Lavonte David said. “You’re out there in the mud. You kind of want to slide on purpose.”
Remember the Carolina game last season? That was actually a question from Bucs coach Dirk Koetter during his opening comments during his post-practice presser.
The Bucs lost 37-23 in the rain on Oct. 4 at Raymond James. They turned the ball over five times, including four picks by Jameis Winston. Former kicker Kyle Brindza missed two field goals and an extra point.
“We had only really worked in bad weather one time in practice with wet ball conditions before we played that Carolina game and it definitely came back to haunt us in that game,” Koetter said. “So that was some good work (this morning). We cut a few periods out, we had to cut a couple short, but we did get some good work in today. That’s the key.”
Aside from getting to slide in the mud, David said it was a good opportunity to work in less-than-ideal situations. He recalled a home game in 2013 against the Saints where rain forced a weather delay.
“We had to come right back out and finish the game,” he said. “It was the same conditions. So it’s good that it (rained). It gives us a chance to work on wet games like this early in practice so we can get acclimated to it, get comfortable with it, so when it hits us on game day we won’t be surprised.”