The Bucs returned to the practice field Wednesday morning at One Buc Place, three days after a dismal 41-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
The mood was positive. The energy high. All this following a calculated decision by one of the NFL's tough, disciplined coaches.
After watching easily the most lackluster effort by his team this season, Bucs Head Coach Greg Schiano made a decision Sunday night. Skip the Monday routine. Get his team in the frame of mind to compete again. How do you do that?
"I felt that it was time that everyone just kind of get away from each other and come back here ready to put on a great effort this week in our preparation.", Schiano said. "You know, a lot of teams, 'Victory Monday', they disappear until Wednesday."
The decision to rest was effective. The gesture, noticed.
"Coach issued us a challenge to take a few days off and then come back and be on it.", Defensive Tackle Gerald McCoy said. "I think we did that."
The Bucs will practice again Thursday and Friday before hosting the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. At 6-8, the Bucs are out of the playoff hunt but the prospect of an 8-8 record is enticing. Especially the way 2011 ended, ten consecutive losses and a 4-12 record.
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