Inside Vipers minicamp: Day 5
PLANT CITY, Fla. -- Most professional teams have long histories to honor and deeply-rooted identities to preserve. The Tampa Bay Vipers, however, are starting with a blank slate. At Monday's morning meeting, coach Marc Trestman reminded all the players and coaches why this situation is unusual and exciting.
"We're fresh. We're brand-new. We can decide who we want to be every single day and I think we're doing that."
After Trestman finished his opening remarks, it was time for the defensive coordinator to take over. Decked out his traditional black polo and dark sunglasses, Jerry Glanville stepped to the front and gave the players a detailed, thorough, and entertaining explanation of the defensive techniques he's taught through his storied career.
Following the morning meetings, the players headed out to their usual lunch spot -- the concessions area around Plant City Stadium -- where they fed themselves and, in one case, attempted to feed each other.
In the afternoon, the team held its second official practice before heading back to the hotel. We captured some images, along with some help from RB D.J. May.
After practice, the team headed back to its hotel, but that didn't mean the players were done putting in their work for the day. QB Aaron Murray told us that even when his teammates are done hitting the field, they're hitting the playbook. "At the hotel ... guys are studying their playbooks together ... starting to learn the terminology," he said. "It's incredible to see the camaraderie."
Tomorrow, the team will be hosting a special guest, XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck. Come back here for a full recap of his visit.