Together in details
Hosting joint practices as the Bucs will with the Browns, featuring new QB Robert Griffin III (above), in the next two days presents some logistical challenges. But coach Dirk Koetter said he has had good communications with Cleveland coach Hue Jackson in setting up ground rules.
"I'm actually going over to the hotel, they're getting in tonight," Koetter said Monday afternoon. "I'm going over to meet with them again and we'll just try to smooth out any of the last-minute details."
The coaches already have tweaked some details, agreeing to shorten each practice by 10 plays to adjust to the wear and tear of preseason. Koetter said last week's joint practices with the Jaguars were ideal.
"We really worked well together. Cooperation," said Koetter, pointing to two-on-two pass-rush drills where Jacksonville coaches asked for specific looks from the Bucs to prepare them for a future opponent.
Coin toss crew
The Bucs haven't voted on official team captains for the upcoming season, as Koetter said they'll wait until final cuts are made before players cast their ballots. On Saturday, the Bucs sent five players to midfield — DT Clinton McDonald, LB Kwon Alexander, S Keith Tandy, WR Vincent Jackson and TE Luke Stocker. The Jaguars won the toss and deferred to the second half.
The Bucs added a large tent on the far end of the practice field, adding a covered area where the team can go through walkthrough drills without being in direct sun. The added space will help logistically as the teams put a combined 180 players through practice in a space that normally handles 53 players plus a 10-man practice squad.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
Wednesday, 9:45-11:50 a.m., practice with Browns
FridayBrowns, 8, Ch. 10
Sept. 1Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 8