Violent, controlled chaotic aggression, has been the buzz this off-season. With the Buccaneers set to open there first voluntary three day mini camp under new head coach Raheem Morris on Tuesday. This will be the first chance Morris has to instill his vision of what he hopes the team will become in 2009.
Look for the practices to be definitively different from years past, as Morris firmly believes to be a physically violent team you need to practice that way. There will be no more rest days for veteran players as Morris is looking to make the team miserable to the point they enjoy it. It is a new approach from previous years when aging veterans were given rest days through out training camp and practices to try and reduce the risk of injuries and fatigue.
“In order to get your team to be a violent team, you have to practice a little bit violent,” Morris said. “In order to get your team physical, you have to practice physical. It’ll be easy for some because some guys like that. It’ll be hard for others.
“The only way you finish strong in this league is if you make yourself miserable early. You learn to love to be miserable. It’s going to be a three-day thing. It’ll be a fundamental skills session in the morning and in the afternoon a little more teamwork. That’s the first two days. On the last day, we’ll get our work in and get them out of there. We’ve got to see what we have on our team and who we like.”
“The only way you finish strong in this league is if you make yourself miserable early. You learn to love to be miserable.”
In draft related news, NFLDraftbible.com is reporting the Buccaneers are scheduled to bring Tennessee State OL Cornelius Lewis in for a private workout.