Greg Schiano is in his first year as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and apparently he isn't messing around when it comes to the conditioning of his players. Talking to the Tampa Bay Times, Schiano said that several players failed his conditioning test on the opening day of camp on Thursday.
While he declined to name which players were unable to finish his test, Schiano explained that his test features players running 16 110-yard sprints with 45 seconds of rest in between.
"We have a minimum standard," Schiano said. "And if it's not met, then there are consequences."
Later Schiano explained the importance of being in shape at the beginning of camp, rather than getting into shape during camp.
"I think you play your way into football shape once you get to training camp," he said. "But you have to have a base level of cardiovascular conditioning to be able to play your way into football shape."
The Buccaneers also announced on Thursday that they signed WR Landon Cox and CB Marquese Wheaton.