With heat, Koetter wants Bucs practice uptempo but short
Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter had an uptempo practice during the first day of voluntary minicamp Tuesday before cutting the workout short by about 10 minutes.
That’s because the 82 degree temperature was beginning to take a toll, sending receiver Mike Evans into the locker room just before the end of practice. Koetter said he plans to beat the heat more effectively this season by keeping players fresh with shorter practices, if necessary.
"I think just in general, we need to work smart," Koetter said. "And one of the reasons we need to work smart, which may also be short, is because of the conditions we have here. When it’s warm out there, we need to get our guys fresh on game day and not kill them during the week. So we will be very conscious of how much we work. That’s just something I’ve become very aware of and coaches and players I’ve worked with over the years, is we all should monitor our volume closely and keep a real close eye on that.
"Tempo-wise, I’m a big believer in practicing fast tempo. It makes the players communicate, they have to pay attention, they have to be on point. They can’t be drifting around, looking around out there. So practicing fast is a good thing. We probably went a little too fast today and that’s my fault, I should’ve slowed it down a little. We’ll get that fixed tomorrow."
Koetter said he wasn’t sure why Evans left practice early. "I didn’t really catch what happened there," Koetter said. "Mike made a double move and he made a nice catch and he ran about 60 yards with the ball and it looked like he did get a little overheated. Again, first time they’ve had their helmets on and if you’ve ever put a helmet on in an 85 degree day, it’s a little bit different feeling. I’m not exactly sure what happened to Mike there at the end. They told me it wasn’t serious and I’m sure he’ll be good to go tomorrow."