To quote the immortal Allen Iverson “Practice… were talking practice.”, was his rant on how unimportant practice was to him.
Iverson played in only one NBA championship series, and has ZERO championships.
While Basketball differs from football in many ways, we all know in the NFL the way you practice is the way you play.
Last week JoeBucsFan.com’s Ira Kaufman let go on his podcast that before the Monday Night Game where Jon Gruden was entered into the Ring of Honor, a celebration night was held. Kaufman, who is a favorite of Gruden’s, asked the former Super Bowl champion if he saw the Bucs practice and what he thought of it.
Coach Dirk Koetter complained all preseason and training camp that the Bucs were not practicing up to par. Turns out many should have heeded the warnings, and not the built up expectations of the media based on last years results.
Of course when there is a bad practice, there is usually a distraction not that far behind it. What was last years big distraction? Its not too HARD to KNOCK down the door of a division champion… each year a few surprise teams are doing it. but you practice good, and during the camp/preseason days, more than a few reports were coming out about bucs hamming it up to the cameras.
Next year, that won’t happen. It can’t happen, because in the NFL, ‘How you practice, is how you play’.