TAMPA, Florida -- Mother Nature wasn't the one turning up the heat on day two of Buccaneers training camp. Instead, it was first year head coach Greg Schiano's verbal blasting that made the players sweat.
Schiano shouted loud enough that most of the couple of hundred fans at One Buccaneer Place could hear how he was not happy with the loafing.
"He told us before practice to make sure to stand up and guys were falling down, not by their choice, obviously, but just told to make an emphasis on it," said offensive tackle Jeremy Youngblood.
Schiano was quick to point out that even though it's only day two of camp, every second is a valuable one when your trying to turn things around.
"This is our time to lay the foundation of who we are and what we are going to be, so we gotta take advantage of it," said Schiano.
With Arrelious Benn out with a strained knee, the Bucs no longer have the advantage of a healthy wide receiving group. They got another scare on day two when Mike Williams had to be carted off due to cramping.
As for a defense that finished last season at the bottom of the league in sacks and against the rush, the new coaching staff is re-emphasizing how important it is to get into the opponent's backfield.
"There were teams that ran for 150 to 180 yards a game on us last year. Our main objective is to stop the run so we can rush the passer 20 to 30 times a game," said defensive end Michael Bennett
It shouldn't be difficult to gauge how far the defense has come, since the coaching staff is doing their best to simulate real game like speed and atmosphere.
Schiano reiterated his philosophy -- that he wants things to be able to slow down on Sundays instead of speed up. So when they put on the pads for the first time tomorrow, they are going to keep going with this quick pace at practice even if Mother Nature turns up the heat.