Bucs DT Gerald McCoy - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The Buccaneers are desperate for a pass rush but help may be on the way, as defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who broke his hand in Week 2 against the Rams and sat out last Thursday night’s game against Atlanta, may be back on the field this week as the team travels to Pittsburgh searching for their first win of the season.
On Wednesday before practice, McCoy talked about his status for Sunday with the local media during the Bucs open locker room period.
“I’m day to day, I’m still questionable, but we’ll see,” McCoy said. “We’ll see how my hand feels. I’ll be limited in (practice) participation, but I’ll be out there.
“I’m just doing what I can do. Hopefully I’ll be out there Sunday. Anybody who knows me knows that when Sunday comes I turn into a wild man. Whether I have two hands, one hand, half a hand, or no hands, I’m going to give it all I got.
McCoy also talked about last Thursday night’s 56-14 loss to the Falcons.
“The Thursday night game, that was just a group of guys not being physical, not doing what we were coached to do that week, and just letting their team (Atlanta) take over,” McCoy said. “It was a lot of different stuff. The reason for Thursday against Atlanta – and you know what – I had someone close to me who I would only let tell me this because their close to me, said Thursday was pathetic, and I believe that. And it’s kind of bad that it comes from the outside. We have to feel that in the building that our last performance was pathetic. It’s very embarrassing, and that’s not us at all. Coach does not coach us to be that way, and I’ll say that it was embarrassing and we have to be better.”
McCoy was also asked about Lovie Smith’[s demeanor through the three-game losing streak and if he has noticed any changes in his head coach.
“Yeah, he’s tightened up a bit with some of the things we do,” McCoy said. “There are a couple more consequences for mistakes. We have to be professionals. We had a lot of mistakes in the Atlanta game that should’ve have happen, all around the board, offense, defense, and special teams. He’s kind of tightened up on that a bit, but he’s been surprisingly optimistic, that’s just who he is. He’s a very optimistic person. He has belief in his team, and what he has going hasn’t changed.”
McCoy was asked what can turn the Bucs struggles on defense around and the former first-rounder didn’t hesitate to answer.
“This defense is predicated off pass rush,” McCoy said. “It’s a rush and coverage combo. There are some holes in the Tampa 2, but those holes are covered up by the pass rush. The job is to make the quarterback throw the check down, so the rush has to get there. Whether it’s pressure or actually getting him (QB) on the ground, the rush has to get there.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
Eek. We’re playing a defense we can’t play. That doesn’t bode well…..
WE are like the Island of Misfit toys…
I’ll be surprised if McCoy plays. I don’t see how he can be that effective this soon. I’m disappointed that Johnson can’t go. I guess we’ll never know until after the season what type of ankle injury was it.
My gues is it was Sapp that told him it was a pathetic embarrassment and he was right. He could probably still suite up and outplay some of the guys on that D line. Lol.
If Sapp were to make a comeback fredster, I just hope he doesn’t score. I don’t need to see his butt bouncing TD dance again. Now THAT was pathetic.
This season is turning into a fail so epic that the media will lampoon the Bucs forever and ever (Amen?)
McCoy in a wheelchair is still better than Bowers.
In fact Bowers in a wheelchair might be better than Bowers…
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