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May 26, 2011 @ 10:31 am
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Driven McCoy Organizes Bucs D-Line Workouts

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A driven and focused Gerald McCoy has organized some workouts for the Bucs DL. McCoy talks about that, how he wants to be a team captain, how he has been a quick mentor for Adrian Clayborn, and much more.
A year ago at this time the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were watching a franchise quarterback emerging in Josh Freeman. Right now the Bucs could be benefitting from the same experience with a dominant defensive lineman, although they can’t watch it person due to the NFL lockout. Nevertheless, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has taken his work ethic to a new level and is taking his NFL career seriously. 


McCoy is grinding away through workouts to get ready for a breakout 2011 season, and also is leading the way with his teammates. Just like Freeman has organized some practices for wide receivers and tight ends, McCoy has gotten a group of Bucs defensive linemen together to workout this week in San Diego, including rookie first-round pick defensive end Adrian Clayborn.  

“It has been great being out here in San Diego. I actually organized a workout for all the D-linemen to come out here,” said McCoy. “We’ve been out here working out this past week. It’s going great.

“I got a few of the other guys. A lot of guys are working where they work out at. Some guys couldn’t make it. It is good to have Clayborn out here with me. Even though we are the same age, I can show him the ropes a little bit. I’ve been through it a year so I know it with the fans, the media, the coaches, and the expectations of a first-round pick. I had him do some drills in front of me. I felt anything he could learn from when I came here I want him to know. That way he won’t have to go through what I went through. Even though he still will a little bit, I wanted to help him out as much as I could.”

McCoy said six of the Bucs defensive linemen made it out to San Diego. Some other teammates were unable to make it and are working out elsewhere in the country. Clayborn, the 20th overall pick in last month's draft, has impressed McCoy in their early work together.



“He is a hard worker. He definitely is. I can definitely see why he was the [Bucs'] first pick,” said McCoy. “He definitely is a hard-worker that has been trying to keep up with me every step of the way.”

After selecting Clayborn and defensive end Da’Quan Bowers with their first two picks this year, the Buccaneers have used two first-round picks and two second-round picks on defensive linemen in the past two drafts. McCoy was the third-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and Tampa Bay picked defensive tackle Brian Price with their first selection in the second round of that draft. Adding in 2009 third-round pick defensive tackle Roy Miller, and the Bucs are trying to build a dominant defensive line like the one that led them to a Super Bowl championship season in 2002. McCoy knows the expectations are high given that particular group’s success.

“I can’t be [Warren] Sapp. Clayborn can’t be Simeon Rice. Roy can’t be [Anthony] McFarland. Bowers can’t be [Greg] Spires. But we can be McCoy, Clayborn, Bowers, Price, and Miller. That’s all we can be,” McCoy said. “That’s all we are going to be. We are going to play it our way within the scheme, but we are going to play our game. We can’t be everybody else. We can’t be those legends. We are going to be like us. We plan to fix the whole defense this year.”

Last year, the Bucs struggled to stop the run at times and ranked 28th in run defense in the NFL. They also were last in the NFC in quarterback sacks with just 26. Tampa Bay is hopeful that new defensive line coaches Grady Stretz and Keith Millard will mold the Bucs' young defensive line into a dominant unit. As the three technique defensive tackle, McCoy is charged with being the leader to cause disruption for the offense.

In his rookie campaign, McCoy started 13 games before ending the season on injured reserve with a torn bicep. After a slow start, McCoy came on strong in the second half of the season. He recorded three sacks in two games against Baltimore and San Francisco. Against the 49ers, he had two half sacks, so one could say he two multi-sack games back-to-back. For the season, McCoy recorded 43 tackles with six tackles for a loss, three sacks, 17 quarterback pressures, five passes batted down, and one forced fumble. McCoy says he is nearly 100 percent healthy from the bicep injury. 

“I’m all right. I’m not quite there, but I’m getting there. I’m getting there real fast,” said McCoy. “I work out five times a week. I’m constantly rehabbing. I do pilates two times a week and I get massages two times a week. I stay pretty busy. It is strictly business. I’ve been out here in San Diego for what’s going on four months. It is hard work, man. This lockout thing is a little strange for everybody, but all I can do is be ready.”

After playing his rookie season around 300 pounds, McCoy is working to redefine his body for the 2011 season. He plans on trimming down to maximize his speed and explosiveness.

“I was playing heavier than I wanted last year. I’m going to be under 300 this year,” said McCoy. “Just with kind of the scheme we play in I felt like early in the season like my game was slowed down. Once I started to realize what they wanted me to do and actually get the hang of it, I realized I was too heavy for that, so I’ve been slimming down and doing lots of speed, power, and turning explosiveness into power. I’m just working on my game overall.



“I’ve been watching film constantly. I got some film before the lockout to take with me. That’s all I’ve been doing. This offseason everybody has been like, 'Why don’t you take a break?' I tell them I don’t have time for breaks.”

By organizing the defensive line workouts, McCoy is trying to lead the Bucs defensive line to develop its camaraderie during the lockout. That is an example of how driven he is to be a team captain. After being a two-time captain at Oklahoma, and the first sophomore captain in the program’s history, McCoy can’t wait to have the captain symbol sown on his jersey for Tampa Bay.

“When I got drafted, Mr. Dominik and Coach Morris showed me their vision. The key to a Tampa 2 defense is having a dominant under tackle,” McCoy said. “They had to find some guy to be a dominant under tackle, and need him to be that, and not to be average for the defense to be great. They put all the confidence in me by picking me. They told me they want me to be the leader of the defense because that is what I’m supposed to be.

“They had that with [Derrick] Brooks or how [Barrett] Ruud is now, but they needed a guy up front to be the leader of the defensive line. That’s what they drafted me to be. They drafted Clayborn to come in and help to be another leader in the defensive line room. That’s why you get picked in the first round. I’m looking forward to taking on that role ASAP. Whether it is this year or next year, I’m looking forward for years to come. I want it. It is something crazy inside of me. It drives me. I love the game. I love my team. I love my teammates. So yeah, I’m definitely looking forward to it. I’m working for it. I promise you that. I’m definitely working for it.”

Check back tomorrow as Pewter Report will have more from McCoy on how this offseason has changed his life and made him a more focused worker on and off the field.
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    It's good to hear stories like this. McCoy is taking on the leadership role and it's also a good sign Clayborn accepted the invitation to work out.
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    players 5 to 20 million guarenteedwho the heck is stupid enough tofeel sorry
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    So who was working out in San Diego besides McCoy and Clayborn? Was Price there, or is his rehab still hampering him? How about Bowers?
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    Georgehicks: The game you referenced between the University of Tampa (my alma mater) and Tennessee was my wife and my first date. We have now been married 42 years. Those were great games when the renegades (that's what the players called themselves) from the old Tampa U beat the likes of Ol Miss and Miami.
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    Players all over the league are doing what they can to be ready for the start of the season. It's to bad the owners are doing everything they can to make sure this season will be a disaster.New coaches who can't install their systems, rookies losing the benifit of OTA's, players who were injured on the job not getting the proper rehab from the teams who they were injured on. Without the proper preperation, I 'd say we're going to see a lousy brand of football this year if we see it at all. I lay the blame at the owners feet for this, and wish when football comes back, that fans everywhere would boycott going to any games the first few weeks of the season. Wouldn't it be great if ESPN broadcast that not one home game was sold out league wide for the first time in history as fans let the owners know how they felt about the lock out. Owners want more money, we the fans are the only ones with the power to make sure they make less by not showing up at stadiums around the country.
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    I think these guys (Freeman and now McCoy) are stepping up and setting a new standard of excellence for this team. Sapp always said that the defense liked to be on the field, expected to come out on top. Our old Bucs always expected to win. I think that this new Bucs attitude becomes infectious, and soon, all 53 guys are believing and playing like it. It takes not just talent (we're getting there), but dedication and maybe a bit of healthy pride. I love this team. I hope McCoy can help turn this D-line into a beast.
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    Watch Allen Bradford this season. Talk about a pleasant surprise!!!
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    i CAN SEE IF tAMPA BAY AND THE REST OF THE LEAGUE CAN GET BACK TO WORK LET SAY MIDDLE OF JUNE. TAMPA SHOULD SHOW A LOT OF PROGRESS NOW IT SEEMS THAT IS NEW KLEADERSHIP COMING FORTH, AND THEY PRESENCE WILL BE FELT. I MAY LIVE IN TEXAS BUT MY HEART HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN TAMPA EVERSINCE I WAS A YOUNG MAN GROWING UP. EVERSINCE I LEFT FOR THE ARMY IN 1964, I'VE ALWAYS HAVE MY MEMORIES OF TAMPA AND AROUND THE BAY AREA. WHEN I GRADUATE FROM HB PLANT IN 1964, I BELIEVE THAT THE POPULATION WAS AT AROUND 135,000 IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTRY. AS A YOUNG MAN LIVING DOWN NEAR BAYSHORE ON SOUTH ORLEANS I REMEMBER TAKING WALKS DOWN ON BAYSHORE TWO BLOCKS FROM MY HOUSE. REMEMBER THE 1ST COLLEGE GAME AT THE OLD TAMPA STADIUM WITH SMAL COLLEGE UNIVERSITY OF tAMPA VS tENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS WHEN TENN BEAT TAMPA 35 TO 0, AND WHEN THE OLS STADIUM HAD A COLLEGE DOUBLE HEADER GAME ONE WAS fLA VS AIRFORCE, AND THE NIGHT GAME WAS CHATOONGA VS TAMPA UNIVERSITY. SO YOU CAN SEE I GO BACK A FEW YEARS. I REMEMBER WHEN THEN FOLKS WANTED TAMPA TO HAVE A NFL TEAM THEIR OWN. GO BUCS
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    Wow! Georgehicks you make me sound like a kid, because I graduated from Chamberlain High School in 2000!
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    When you look around the team now, the thing that I am really excited about is that so many of these guys, if they weren't Buccaneers, I would still like them. So many times in the past we have had guys who i only liked cause they were Bucs, and you had to make excuses for them. This crew, they seem to do all the little things. Freeman I would love on any team. Ronde I would like on any team. Bowers and McCoy I liked before they were drafted. I love Williams, and I love Benn. Who wouldn't like what Blount was able to do last year. It is just a really easy team to like.
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    artpac, i agree. Go Bucs!
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    Seems to me McCoy is learning how to be a leader from Freeman. Its great our guys are feeding off each other... this team is going to be in good hands for years to come!
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    Giddy. It's the only word I can ever think of to describe how I feel about the state of this team. I really hope most of you understand just how special a team this is going to be. Everyone won't appreciate it until it's been done and proven over and over again, but I will know that I believed from the get go back in '09. Soon you'll have to take a number to get on the bandwagon, and I'll reminisce on the days when it was just me and few other dedicated fans. Go Bucs!!
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    Great job McCoy, I have no doubt that a player who has the talent and the desire will be a success in the NFL. Your stats aren't bad for a rookie who missed like 5 games as well. If you get 60-70 tackles and 6-8 sacks your a beast at DT and I believe that you can accomplish that. "GO BUCS"
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    Very happy to see that McCoy is working out hard and I love his attitude. His attitude and his personalty has always been tops. When he was on the NFL Network a couple months ago, I commented on "Soundoff" that his body looked smaller because his shirt looked very large on him. Now I understand why. I am not sure and it is just my opinion why a 6' 4" DT is concerned about playing under 300. Was he really ever at that weight with us? I sure hope his arms are bigger now than a couple months ago because he will need that strength to push around and through the OL. Go Bucs! Owners and Players, lets get a deal done.
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    Glad to hear McCoy is committed to bringing up everyones game. What is the deal with Brian Price? Any word on how that pelvis injury is coming along? Ripping a muscle off the pelvis is rough, I worry if he will ever come back. Can he even run yet? It may be hidden luck to have no offseason so all our guys can heal, we were torn up last year, and a little more time to heal helps everyone, I think it will be key for Bowers.
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    Anyone know where in San Diego they are working out. I am a big Bucs fan that lives in San Diego and would love to go show my support and appreciation for these guys out there working hard to get better. The injury issues scare me a bit but if they can stay healthy, this will be a dominate line for years to come. Go Bucs!!!
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    "This offseason everybody has been like, 'Why don’t you take a break?' I tell them I don’t have time for breaks.” - That is exactly the attitude and effort that helped Freeman emerge in his second season. Looking for McCoy to have a breakout season. Love it.
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    So excited for the 2011 Bucs! Our D-line is gonna be so sick!
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    Very impressed with what I'm reading about McCoy. Hopefully this labor dispute is fixed soon so he can really get back to work. Looking for big things from him this year.
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    Wow. How can you not love this guys effort and attitude? Go get 'em GMC!
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