When Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano looks ahead to the start of the 2012 season, he envisions opponents wilting in searing summer heat.
The new coach is intent on capitalizing on a conditioning edge when Tampa Bay faces Carolina and Washington in September at Raymond James Stadium.
"That has to become our advantage,'' Schiano said Tuesday after the Bucs worked out in sultry conditions. "Having coached down at the University of Miami and then having coached in the north (at Rutgers), when you get teams out there in that stadium and it's really hot and you play at a high tempo and you push the envelope, I think it becomes an advantage.''
In three seasons under Raheem Morris, the Bucs went 8-16 at home.
The Bucs need to maximize their conditioning edge after practicing daily in heat and humidity, Schiano said.
"That's something that is important to me,'' he said. "That's got to be part of our advantage.''