A lot has been made of Donald Penn‘s weight, mainly because Donald Penn’s weight is a lot. But a tweet today should assure all of us that Penn’s weight should be very low on the list of concerns heading into the 2013 season.
I’m so scared of our conditioning test but guess what I just did it n passed it now I ain’t worried bout nothing camp here I come
— Donald Penn (@DPENN70) July 16, 2013
One can only imagine the difficulty of head coach Greg Schiano’s conditioning test. Schiano is known as a conditioning stickler and expects a lot out of his players. Many believe Schiano may have worked his team too hard which was a reason for the drop off late last year.
But it’s great to see that the biggest Buccaneer passed the test. Penn’s success gives a few clues as to how the Schiano regime has trained Buccaneers players.
Penn has been known for coming into camp a little out of sorts physically. But this year he came in, and before any mandatory workouts knocked out likely one of the hardest conditioning tests in the NFL.
Schiano wants his guys to be physically and mentally more prepared than their opponents each week. I’m sure last year’s expectations came as a bit of a shock to the Raheem holdovers. But this year the team should know what they are in for, they should be ready and able to withstand what Schiano expects of them.
This is a huge question mark for the head coach. If his players can meet his requirements, and indeed become a cut above the rest of the league when it comes to conditioning, his team will have a leg up on their opponents each week. But if the suspicion that the players broke down ends up being true again this year, Schiano will have to reconsider the work regimen, or he’ll be headed back to the college ranks before he knows it.