Posted by Michael David Smith on July 27, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t in the kind of shape coach Greg Schiano wants.
After his first training camp practice as the Bucs’ head coach, Schiano said several players failed his conditioning test, a series of 16 sprints of 110 yards with 45 seconds of rest between them.
“We have a minimum standard,” Schiano told the Tampa Bay Times. “And if it’s not met, then there are consequences.”
“There will be a day when we show up here and on the first day and everybody passes,” Schiano said. “I wanted it to happen [Thursday]. We’ll get there. There’s no panic. We’ll get our guys into shape. But that makes training camp harder on those guys. There are additional things they have to do. There are conditioning things they have to do. And training camp’s hard enough.”
Schiano’s message to his players over the last six months has been all about raising the standards in Tampa Bay. The players who didn’t show up to camp in good enough shape apparently didn’t get that message.