Go ahead and cue up Allen Iverson and his practice rant. Practice? C'mon man, we talkin about practice. Practice. We're talking about practice. We're talking about practice. We're not talking about the game. We're talking about practice. Alright, you get his point, I believe he was talking about practice. Which brings me to OTA's for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. These are our offseason practices, when we install the playbook, attempt to develop chemistry both between veterans and rookies. When we get our first glimpse at the potential team we have and what type of offense and defense will be run in the upcoming season.
We've had players sit our both this year and in the past due to injury, family reasons, contract disputes, or the ever popular "I'm not under contract, so I'm not showing up." The prime example is Kellen Winslow, who, despite missing a few OTA's last year because he was moving (eye roll), put up a spectacular year in 2009 despite the overall lack of production by the offense.
This leads me to our great debate question. Do you consider OTA's a vital piece of the offseason, a chance to grow as a team, develop chemistry and install plays? Or do you see it as a meaningless waste of a summer. After all, they didn't have OTA's back in the 70's 80's and 90's. Hit up the poll and sound off in the comments section.