REAR ENTRIES: Beat The Heat

Published: May 31st, 2012
By Bucstats.com

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RENNIE CURRAN: Stephen Holder asked the exact question verbatim that I wanted to know when I first heard Rennie Curran was the starting weakside linebacker in OTAs: Who is Rennie Curran and what’s he doing with the Bucs’ first-team defense?

Curran, a 2010 third-round pick of the Titans, fell off the map in 2011 after he was released by Tennessee, spending the season on the sidelines with no team.

Sounds great! Curran is currently only in competition with rookies, so it’s not that strange that he’s starting right now, but Lavonte David is about to put and end to that shit in a hurry.

Given the fact that Curran was active for just nine games as a rookie and couldn’t find his way onto another roster in 2011, he has to be considered a long shot. But the Bucs must see something in him, otherwise they wouldn’t waste first-team snaps on a player without a very legitimate shot to make their final roster.

Curran will have a tough time making the team if Najee Goode is any good. Goode is more position-flexible and sounds like he has more upside than Curran. With Dekoda Watson and Adam Hayward still on the team, a few guys are going to get squeezed out and it seems like the player who didn’t have a team last year would be one of them.

HEAT MAY WORK AGAINST BUCS: Rick Stroud brings up the very valid point that teams that “embrace” the heat by killing themselves in it during practice may not be the best prepared to go into game day.

But a well-hydrated team that has practiced in cooler temperatures during the week may be better prepared to handle the heat for three hours than one that loses fluids practicing in it every day. That’s just what the science would seem to indicate.

There’s no question Schiano‘s team is going to be well-conditioned. The up-tempo practices almost guarantee it. Presumably, that could be an edge.

But Schiano has to be careful not to have players leave their best performance on the practice field before Sunday.

“That’s just what the science would seem to indicate”? Seriously? If you’re going to say something like that, should you point out the science? Like this study that looked at the effect of heat on football players’ cognitive abilities, which isn’t exactly what we’re talking about but it’s a start. Or this study on dehydration differences between one-a-day practices and two-a-day practices. I found those in about 30 seconds. Think what you could come up with in an hour using all the resources you have. Jesus, Rick, you’re a reporter. Do a little research.

Anyway, from my experience living most of my life in the south and spending a shitload of time outside, I can tell you that practicing in the heat does get you better conditioned, but there’s a tipping point. If you overdo it, you get dehydrated and cramped and you’re pretty much worthless the next day. In extreme cases, you get a Korey Stringer kind of thing. I think the advantage you gain by practicing ruthlessly in the heat is outweighed by the benefit of being fresh on game day. And if I was a real reporter, I’d look something up to back up that claim.