Falling from 9-7 to 5-11 last season left many people scratching their heads wondering what went wrong in Tampa Bay. But more importantly, how does it not happen again in 2018?
In January at the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said he, and other leaders, needed to start holding players accountable. Basically police from within. On Tuesday, following his press conference where he was introduced as the Bucs $16.4 million dollar man, Mike Evans said he also must hold players on his side of the ball more accountable.
“Absolutely, and I think I can do better in that aspect,” Evans said. “Our defense has been solid for us since I have been here. They have been solid and the offense has been lacking. We have great players ,we just are not clicking sometimes. We had a great season two years ago. We are looking to have one like that(in 2018), including more wins and hopefully making the playoffs. I think I need to hold guys more accountable, as well as our other leaders in the offseason. I think that is where it starts.”
Evans also said despite getting rewarded with his new mega deal, it won’t change his approach to the game or how he goes about things.
“I am a captain and I am a leader and will continue to be a leader,” Evans said. “I am getting older and more mature, getting better knowledge of the game. I am a veteran and I am one of the best players on the team so I think it is my duty whether I have a big contract or not.”