Tampa Bay Buccaneers Have New Intensity, New Demands at First Mini-Camp

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IApril 17, 2012

Greg Schiano started with some demands and intensity.
Greg Schiano started with some demands and intensity.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

"It's a game of details and it starts here!"

That was the new One Buccaneer Place sheriff yelling out to his bank of inmates. It was obvious from minute one that this is a far cry from the Raheem Morris Country Club.

Tampa Tribune Bucs beat writer Roy Cummings tweeted this observation:

"The defense has started with a pursuit drill, the likes of which I have never seen here @ 1 Buc Place.

Did you get the "never" in that statement? Never is a big word.

Attendance at this three-day mini-camp that started today (Tuesday), was near-perfect. The only obvious guy missing was kick Connor Barth, the franchise-tagged player who has not yet signed his tender.

Attention to detail?

When the team lined up early, Schiano wanted their toes ON a certain line. "Toes on the edge," he screamed. That's detail. Seems like a trivial thing, but when teams go 0-10 to finish a season, heck, nothing is trivial.

Cornerback Ronde Barber worked some at the safety position, he had to, there weren't enough warm bodies back there.

All the injured guys were there—Gerald McCoy, Cody Grimm and the rest. All the new high-priced free agents were there. 

Mason Foster worked at middle linebacker, so did Quincy Black.

New intensity, new attitude. New sheriff.

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