Sunday, August 9, 2009
It is a right of passage to go through two-a-day drills to start football season. Two-a-days probably started on the same day the game was invented and continue to this day at all levels high school and above.
But are two-a-days really the best way to prepare a team for a long, physically demanding season. The answer could be debated forever without an answer, but I like what Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris has put in place this year. He is following every two-a-day session with a single practice the next day. I think this helps the players put out more effort, knowing they will get a small break the next day.
I'm sure there have been similar things done over the years by many coaches that I'm not aware of (Sam Wyche came to Tampa in the early 1990's and had a number of night practices to save the team for the regular season, but it didn't help much), but Morris is right, the Bucs will have to play on Sunday afternoon, so you better get used to it now.