Day 11 of Bucs training camp was more of the same with the second and third units getting a lot of work and you know what that means—they'll be playing the most on Friday night.
Certainly you've got questions bouncing around in your head. How long will the starters play? Will they show us anything? Will they play a full quarter?
The answer is that right now only coach Greg Schiano has those answers and he gave some hints at his post-practice press conference on Buccaneers.com.
"There are certain things we won't show. I wanna run our stuff. We are who we are. I wanna make sure we keep it simple enough though, that we can evaluate our guys. Right now, I want to evaluate their physical ability to play against other people in a competitive arena."
So said the Bucs' fearless leader.
Playing time for the starters and subs? "We'll have a plan for every player. We're stickin' to the plan," Schiano said. He wants to avoid the "just one more series" mentality that can break out on a preseason sideline.
There's been all sorts of speculation. Is this a "run and shoot" team or a "shoot and run" football team? If things go the way we've been told, there should be more runs than passes. You'll see LeGarrette Blount, Doug Martin, Mossis Madu and Michael Smith. You may see a lot of Madu, less of Blount and Martin.
Will we see an improved Josh Freeman? We need to. So much of the success of this football team depends on him. He has plenty of weapons, no excuses. Guys like Vincent Jackson, Dallas Clark, Mike Williams, Preston Parker and Tiquan Underwood have caught most of the balls thrown their way in camp. Blount, Martin and Madu have shown nice hands as well.
How long should the starting offense go?
Is this offensive line as good as we are led to believe?
The biggest missing piece is Donald Penn. They're taking their time. "We want to make sure that when we bring him back he's good to go," Schiano said.
Other than Penn, the offense is healthy.
We'll address that tomorrow.