The Bucs best performance of the preseason came when they went with an up tempo, no-huddle offense against the Cleveland Browns. QB Jameis Winston completed 16 of 25 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns to build a 27-3 first-half lead and cruise to a to a 30-13 victory.
But communication could be a problem Sunday at the Georgia Dome and coach Dirk Koetter warned that may limit the number of opportunities in the no huddle offense.
"Definitely harder, I mean it's definitely harder on the road," Koetter said. "That's always one of the things that comes into consideration when we're playing on the road is how much no huddle will we do?"
The Bucs worked a lot in the off-season on hand signals and silent snap counts, but there is little they can do to simulate the noise on opening day on the road.
"We have them crank up the music and everything when our offense has the ball," Koetter said. "We always do that. We try to work in noise. But preseason noise, practice music, that's not the same as 70,000. All right? That's just not the same. There's different parts of the game when the crowd is louder than others and we know what times of the game those are. For sure, their crowd will come out fired up. We work hard on our verbal and visible cues. We work hard on that throughout the year. And believe it or not, that's one of the best things you can get out of phase two, you can get all that stuff you can work, even though you're working against air. No huddle is something we do. We just have to pick our spots."