Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, normally an outgoing guy and media favorite, channeled his inner-Marshawn Lynch on Thursday during his first press conference of voluntary minicamp.
The seventh-year pro chose not to elaborate on much, answering a few questions in less than three words, and others with a matter-of-fact tone, but a slight smile on his face.
“Well he’s different,” McCoy said, asked how new defensive line coach Jay Hayes is different from Joe Cullen. “He’s a different person … His name is Jay. It’s not Joe Cullen anymore so it’s going to be different. Everybody is going to be doing different stuff.”
McCoy was asked if he had a preference on who the Bucs should draft in the first and later rounds, answering “Nope” both times.
Whether it was the heat, the long practice, or something non-football related, it was clear that the Bucs’ three-time All Pro had little interest in speaking to the media on Thursday. Not even if it meant talking about his offseason training and noticeable weight loss.
“I had a different diet,” McCoy said bluntly.
And when asked for what purpose he said, “Lose weight, get stronger, less body fat – it helps.”
“Knees hurt,” he continued. “That’s what happens when you get old. (I’ve) taken a lot of reps.”
McCoy concluded the 90-second gathering with a message to Bucs fans.
“Stay tuned,” he said. “Football season is coming up and the Buccaneers are a part of it, so stay tuned.”
Bucs fans are eager to stay tuned. Maybe this is McCoy’s new hyper-focused personality. But if McCoy can end the long streak of Tampa Bay pass rushers who have failed to reach the double-digit sack plateau, few will care if he even speaks to the media again.
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If he had that mentality all the time maybe, just maybe he would put to double digits. Playing DT is definitely a mentality and you have to be mean, straight up. I’m talking about on the field but if it carries over in the locker room that’s ok too.
Don’t buy it
good, he talks too much and clowns too much.
focus and get after the quarterback, gerald.
It’s about TIME!! Maybe he’s concerned about getting some real competition from Sheldon Rankins?
Whatever it is, he needs to focus on eating up running backs and quarterbacks this season. He does that, and I don’t care if he ever speaks again.
How did he and the rest of the players look in practice? That’s what I want to read about.
Pink- Their in shorts in non contact drills, everyone looked fantastic happy now?
McCoy doesn’t want to talk about mini camp, keep moving nothing to see here please keep moving
He probably doesn’t like the new scheme and his role. Now he’s going to pout..
Zach, be careful; the last time Scott said something that McCoy said he had to apologize on this Site. What the heck do you expect Gerald to say? Most the guys they talked to are trying to make the team and will give more hype to their answer. Even Jameis was more low keyed and he did the longest interview by far. Leave Gerald alone.
Oh well, at least McCoy is showing up to learn and practice. Just look at Miami and Suh. Suh is a me-first athlete that his teammates hate that. McCoy was probably just having a bad day.
Could care less if he talks or not. I’d prefer not to hear him as he annoys me. Never seems serious, or aggressive. Just hope he can actually play full 16 games his year. That’s all I care about with McCoy.
He was just trying to channel his inner Sapp.
In my opinion Gerald McCoy is still one of the best tackles in the NFL. He gets too much criticism in my opinion. Most of the time he is double teamed and still puts out tremendous effort to support the middle. He never gets enough credit for his performance. You can’t be Mr. Personality all the time. None of us can. Lighten up and let his football performance speak for him. Stay strong Mr. McCoy. I for one really appreciate you.
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