The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will spend the rest of the week leading up to their next preseason game in Foxboro practicing with the New England Patriots. The Buccaneers and Patriots will face off in the exhibition game Friday, so weather permitting, there will be two more joint practices.
Normally, I’d love the idea of having the Bucs’ players work with Belichick and New England so they can get a fresh look at how a first-rate organization is run. However, with a regular season game on the schedule with the Patriots, I’d rather see the Buccaneers spending their time own their own, rather than getting familiar with the Patriots.
Even though I’m sure Schiano and the coaching staff will play it close to the vest in regards to game plans and such, the more information Belichick and his staff acquire, the more dangerous they are when you play them. (Insert spygate joke here)
Tom Brady is getting a look at the Buccaneer defense. He’s identifying weaknesses, he’s picking out players to attack, and he’s gathering valuable information that you best believe he’ll deploy when the Buccaneers and Patriots meet in Week 3.
And while one can argue the Buccaneers can gain the same information about the Pats, there’s simply no way second year coach Greg Schiano and QB Josh Freeman will be able to extract as much from the few joint practices as three-time Super Bowl winners Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
The benefits of learning from the organization that might do it best in the league will certainly help when it comes to playing the other 30 teams in the league, but I’m afraid it might come at the expense of the one against these same Patriots.