The Bucs cranked up the speakers at practice Wednesday to prepare for what’s to come at Arrowhead Stadium, one of the loudest atmospheres in the NFL.
It’s also one of the proudest.
“We told the guys today, Arrowhead is one of the coolest venues to play at,” head coach Dirk Koetter said about the 44-year old stadium in Kansas City. “For us down here, we don’t get to play fall football very often. But it’s going to be a great fall day. That crowd is loud. Grass field. Fifty degrees. Shoot, what more could you ask for.”
Good communication, for one. The stadium that seats over 76,400 loyal fans broke the NFL’s crowd noise record in 2013 when it reached 142.2 decibels, according to the Chiefs official website. The previous record, 137.6, was set in Century Link Field in Seattle, during Marshawn Lynch’s famous “Beat Mode” run against the Saints in the 2010 Wild Card playoff game.
Of course, static during the play isn’t so much the issue. Where crowd noise can affect the opponent is pre-snap, typically as the quarterback is calling out signals. The Bucs may need to brush up on their hand motions and silent counts before Sunday, though offensive coordinator Todd Monken said players are used to going on the road and playing in loud stadiums.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
“It’s challenging – but every road game is challenging,” Monken said. “It changes your routine. A lot of these guys played big time college football, so they’ve been through it. Again, it’s about communication. It’s about staying on the same page and stacking plays together of doing the right stuff.”
Players, echoing Koetter, are looking forward to taking on the Chiefs and playing in the iconic stadium. But mostly just taking on the Chiefs.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I wish it could be a night game and they would wear all red and it just be packed in there,” said Jameis Winston, adding that having multiple new guys fill in for injured players has improved communication in itself. “They’ve got a great fan base. It’s going to be a great game.
“But at the end of the day, we’re not playing against the noise,” Winston said. “We’re playing against the Chiefs.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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