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September 12, 2011 @ 2:30 pm
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McCoy: Lions Gave Bucs Defense A Different Look Than Expected

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Buccaneers' defensive tackle Gerald McCoy candidly discussed the 27-20 opening day loss to the Lions. The second-year defensive tackle talked about Lions QB Matthew Stafford, a few wrinkles Tampa Bay wasn't expecting and how the 2011 season is far from over.

Looking more like a ghost town than a locker room, the player’s sanctuary at One Buc Place was fairly deserted one day after the Buccaneers’ 27-20 opening day loss to the Detroit Lions. Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, as usual, was willing to share his thoughts on what went wrong on Sunday with regards to the defense.

The second-year tackle talked after the game about how some different looks the Detroit offensive line showed the Bucs caught Tampa Bay off guard. On Monday he expanded on those thoughts.

“When you game plan for protections a certain way, and they are not there, you have a bunch of young guys up front, the communication is kind of off,” McCoy said. “Guys are still trying to rush like we planned, but you can’t do that. The defense has got to make game-day adjustments. We have to communicate better when we get into situations like that. We got what we were looking for [overall with regards to the game plan]. The one thing I can say is how those guards were sitting. As deep as they were sitting, I don’t think that was legal. I really don’t. We said something to the refs. They just let it go.

“But we said, 'Hey, we have to play with the conditions we are in and keep playing.' As far as up front when I say it was different, was how they were sitting. They didn’t slide protect like we planned. Everybody was sitting back. They game-planned our speed up front. But with us seeing that, it is a good learning experience. Now we can go work on that. I’m sure this week Coach [Keith] Millard will take us through some stuff in case it happens again.”

McCoy and his Buccaneers teammates hadn’t had a chance to look at the film and McCoy wasn’t ready to pin the blame on any one thing as Detroit racked up 431 yards of total offense, including 126 on the ground, and held the ball for 36:25.


“Honestly, I don’t know yet. I can’t speak on that until I see the film,” McCoy said. “Honestly, they just had guys that made [our] guys miss. And we missed tackles and there were times when we just didn’t get off blocks. A little bit of everything in there. So it just means we have to be better. Detroit is not bad at the run by any means, but now we are about to face a Minnesota team that has the $100-million man [Adrian Petersen]. We have got to be better.”

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford came into Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay as advertised. After leading the Lions to a 4-0 preseason, the Detroit signal caller picked up where he left off and kept the Bucs off balance for much of the game, completing 24-of-33 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns.

McCoy commented on the difficulty of facing a quarterback like Stafford, who takes three-step drops and gets rid of the ball quickly.

"[We] kind of do a “crush rush” where everybody bull rushes and gets your hands up,” McCoy said. “You just have to try and make the pocket close off. In my words I call it the 'Peyton Manning rush.' That’s what you have to do with anyone that gets the ball of quick. Just kind of get your hands up.

“He’s good. He put the ball where it needs to be. The scheme was great. He played to their game plan. He played well.”

The Buccaneers defense didn’t help itself Sunday with penalties, committing three neutral zone infractions, including two by McCoy. The former Sooner explained getting off the ball quickly is part of his game.

“It’s that itch,” McCoy said.” It’s not even the cadence. You just see little things. The quarterback’s foot moving. Linemen looking to the right and left. Guys kind of rocking. Then at the same time, my edge against any player, my quickness is going to be my edge. You are always going to see that from me because I’m a smaller defensive tackle. So when I take on a double team I'm not one of those guys that can let the double team hit me and hold it up. I have to hit it before it hits me. So when I see something coming where I know I need to get off. That’s kind of where that comes.”

McCoy isn’t listening to all the doomsday fanatics on the Internet message boards and calling the local sports radio talk shows about how the season is already lost after a 0-1 start to the 2011 season.

“Fifteen [games] left,” McCoy said. “This isn’t college anymore. In college you lose a game and you are like, ‘Oh no, the season is over.’ It’s the NFL and it’s a long, long season.

“You don’t want to come out opening day and let that happen. Clearly, we didn’t get the results we wanted. But nobody’s heads are down and we are just going to go back to the drawing board and try and be better this coming week.”

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  • avatar


    They call Alabama the Crimson Tide... they call him Deacon Blues!!! Has a Steely Dan ring to it. I read his comment and I agree with him Dixie Boy. I hate to waste your time, but you are what I call a fair weather fan. You second guess the coaches and try to bully anyone who doesn't agree with your narrow view of things. We play the Vikings Sunday and it will not be a cake walk either. AP is a load and the Vikes defense ain't half bad. I want to win, but if we lose I'll still be a fan on Monday. I am not Vince Lombardi and I know the team is better off with the management team they are paying a lot of money rather than me. You need to realize it too and I ain't just whistling DIXIE BOY!!!!
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    Something has got to give!! We have a lot of talent on the D-line; there should be some batted balls & sacks!! Not seeing it! Stop all of the excuses!
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    When McCoy's work ethic in a game matches the level of his mouth, I'll be more interested. He just needs to shut up!
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    And when your brain catches up to the level of your words then maybe somebody can respect what you type. What do you know about his work ethic? Not a damn thing. Part of his job as a player is to talk to the media, that is what he is doing.
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    There sure are a lot of Hatfields kin on this site.
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    C'mon Bucs put on your big boy pants this week! Go Bucs!
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    I get that McCoy is a nice guy, but he took it too far by feeling so much empathy that he didn't want to sack Stafford for fear he'd hurt his shoulder. I just hope that he is not as worried about McNabb's health! P.S. For those wondering, this is tongue in cheek.
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    Game Two Wish list (besides the obvious win): 1) Come out early, play hard, with emotion like it means something. 2) Make tackles 3) Compete physically (the "word" physicallity doesn't exist). 4) Make no Mental penalties (encroachment, false starts, etc.) . I don't mind an occasional physical statement penalty. I like the way McCoy talks, except that I want him to DO SOMETHING about it. Leaders aren't just talkers, they are doers. It is a requirement.
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    How do you not see any fight in this team? And I'm so tired of the McCoy hating. The guy is jovial. Didn't we learn last week from Lee Roy Selmon? A man so gentle and kind is in the Hall of Fame for sacking QBs violently.
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    Horse- To say Suh has limited moves and he won't be any good in a few yrs now qualifies you as a "Hater" and not being football minded, sorry but you just lost your football credability!
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    jongruden, I have no hate in me and that's all I can say. I guess we'll know in four years won't we about Suh? McCoy has the potential to be better. Right now he is fighting the mental part of the game. I am hoping he will get past it.
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    How you came up with "hater" is beyond me. Where does anything I said sums up to be "hate"? Maybe in your life, but not mine. My kids and grandkids are not allowed to use a few words around me and one of them is the word "hate". Yeah I could have said it nicer, but there was zero hate in those words about Suh that I did say. By the way , what's this "creditability" stuff? I'm not on Soundoff because I am looking to be creditable. I am not looking for recognition; if you are on the Soundoff for that reason, I suggest you get off of it. I am just voicing my opinion. I think we are still allow to do that in this country.
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    You guys are too harsh on McCoy and he's doing fine. As far as the Suh comparisons, he had little impact on the game too, if any, just like last years game. McCoy aside, I'm tired of all the Suh talk. With the exception of a couple splash games last season and his name in the media because of fines, he's proven nothing. Back to McCoy, you are not watching the tape very carefully, he's doing a nice job. Listen to what he's saying, they didn't see from the Lions what they game planned for...ask yourself whom does the game planning? Coaches. Mccoy is right, young guys don't know how to adjust, that comes with experience and coaching. We have the youngest team in the league - relax, it's one game. He seems like a guy giving a candid answer to a pointed question. What's so wrong with a little honesty?
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    1Bucfanjeff- Did you say Suh did nothing except a couple of splash plays last yr are you an idiot or something the guy had 10 sacks as a rookie hello Mcfly anyone home?
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    I don't dislike the guy at all. I was very excited when we drafted him, but I am getting tired of the excuses. The neutral zone infractions are for rookies. And his production is a joke. I am willing to give him some time to show us, but he has at least got to show he has the calibre of being a starter in the NFL. He has yet to even do that let alone trying to compare him to Suh. It is pretty clear at this point that might be too much to ask. MY hope was that Price was going to be the Beast on the inside and McCoy would develop a little slower, it looks like both of those ideas are in the tank, so realistically: I would not be surprised to see Bucs pull the Trigger on one of these guys next year after the season when the Draft is coming up. They have to make both Lines stronger.
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    LOL one bad/mediocre game and all the naysayers are back out of the cupboard. Raheem sux, McCoy sux, some posters questioning if Mike Williams is good?!? - the heavens are gonna tumble. Relax people and lets see what happens over the next 3 or 4 games. Support your team and give them a chance to pick it up. If we get to 0-5 then you can start your whining...
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    McCoy, has 93 excuses. Man up now dude and hit somebody! You are sounding soft. McCoy, don't forget Detroit had 12 men on offense all day and the refs would not stop those big lineman from calling us names. It's not fair!
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    Dixie Boy if you have the right to call people a schmuck, I do too. And That's what I'm calling you....Vince Lombardi reincarnated!!!! GO BUCS !!!!!
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    jrwilson85 -Oh you hurt me so badly .LOL. Try looking at Deacon Blues comment. I did not call you a schmuck. It was your pea brain that thinks I fly the Rebel Flag. Look at the team I love. The High priced players.The Flag buy my Screen Name. And you would even suggest that!!! The 85 Must mean you can't add your age. 13. Your not worth anymore of my time.
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    McCoy stop makin excuses and start producing. I'm am just tired as a Bucs fan of watching other teams' draft picks do better than ours. We get what we think is a good player, then he gets hyped and we all believe it. Then they just never live up to the billing. Cant we get just a couple right. I mean Freeman yeah, williams, yeah we think so. McCoy, the jury is still out to me until i see absolute dominance. Get it together and stop makin excuses. We werent saying we were young last year when we were winning. why start now.... Beat Minnesota, and play every game like its the playoffs. If we did that last year we wouldve made the playoffs.
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    Are dline would of got more pressure during the game if we would of been able to sustain a drive ie. We didnt come out and run vanilla plays. Every time we start a game its blount run ( 1 of 5 carries by the way) if it gets 4 yards run again -2 then freeman checkdown. Every game. Now Im pretty sure if I know this the d cordinators do to. Open it up olson come out in shotgun, or a heavy I form set. Something more then the same old. The d line actually was getting pressure the first 3 drives but then got worn out by being on the field so long. I blame this loss on gameplan more then anything.
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    I might sound crazy when I say this but I think this loss to the Lions was a good sign for this season. Even though we were dominated that game we only loss by a TD so just imagine what will happen when our offense starts playing good and gives the defense more rest and the bucs do starting playing there best. I still have high hopes for this season and the Bucs lucked out with the Saints and Falcons losing. So if there was any week in the season to lose and get it out of our system this was the week. There is still 15 more games and the season is still very much alive.
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    I'm so friggin' disappointed it is unreal. I dont mid losing but to go out with zero fight is sad and embarrassing. Sorry Raheem you are not the man for the job, go back to being an assistant coach. You where obviously another Glazer cost cutting measure. The team has zero fire in its belly. We seem lethargic and scared and full of excuses like McCoy crying about a different look. Whatever.
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    Anybody who goes by the screen name Dixie Boy in this day and age shouldn't be calling anyone else schmuck!!!!
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    jrwilson85, that his Mothers first name. I made the same mistake in the past. Dixieboy, i am right with you. Go Bucs!
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    Go back to school jrwilson85. The WAR ended many years ago!! I don't need anyone to call me names because my opinion differs from theirs. And neither does any other poster here!! We may get upset over things we disagree with and vent, BUT we have that freedom . WE pay our money to this site, buy Bucs gear and so on. So if another poster has a different view NOBODY has the RIGHT to call them any names.
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    Deacon Blues amen, I couldn't have said it better myself. And what happened to all the talk about Sapp not becoming dominant until his 3rd year. Give them time
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    johnnyclark66, I like Gerald and I don't care for Sapp whose ego is as big as he is, but I have to give the man his due because he got better and better in each game he played. Sapp adapted, adjusted, and improvised (same what all Marines learn).
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    I didn't see the game but I followed it on ESPN.com. I don't understand the animosity towards Gerald McCoy. It may take him a while to learn all he has to learn. I was worried about the Lions going into the game. They have been drafting high for the last 5 years it seems, of course a lot of the Matt Millen picks are no longer in the league. Kind of like the Gruden/Allen picks here in Tampa. The Lions have been making solid moves in the draft during the Mayhew/Schwartz regime. Martin Mayhew is a class act and a smart man as is Jim Schwartz and they have a little bit (1 yr.) of a head start on Dominik/ Morris team in terms of player development. They should have a good team. Mayhew was raised in Daytona and played at FSU, was drafted in the 10th round by the Redskins, Played CB for the Redskins for 7 seasons and 1 season with YOUR Tampa Bay Bucs. After retiring he went back and graduated from Georgetown Law school, so we weren't exactly going up against the "Sisters' of the Poor" yesterday. The Lions are hungry, their city is in a major crisis financially and they have that "nothing to lose mentality". Kind of like a rat backed into a corner by a Pitbull. I look at it this way, I am a very average person as are most of the experts on this board, so why not take a chill pill and see how things develop. I'm glad we got Dominik and Morris running the team instead of some of these Walter Mitty types who invision themselves as Vince Lombardi reincarnated. Stafford played a very heady game and Calvin Johnson may be the best receiver in the league. With their quick throw philosphy it negated our D-line speed. Ask Daquan Bowers, because that's how USF beat Clemson last Janurary in the bowl game. So Detroit took a page out of Skip Holtz's playbook. With all the negatives we got the ball back with a chance to tie with 1 min 35 secs left. We weren't successful in our try, but we drove down to the 41 yard line when time ran out. If we had hit a big play then we might not be hearing all this nastiness. GO BUCS !!!!!!
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    I watched McCoy all day yesterday and am still disappointed. He needs to stop talking and make tackles. Until he shows up on the field, don't talk about being a leader of the defense.
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    TRANSLATION: We got out-coached!!
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    I'm chalking Sunday's performance of the D-line to inexperience. Detroit also clearly had better game plans. No one will remember performances like this once McCoy and the others like Clayborn and Bowers have their breakthrough. Also, I have no problem with McCoy's responses. He seems genuine to me.
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    If you don't like the answers than quit asking the questions!! Hopefully next Time Mcoy will give generic cliche' ridden answers you schmucks want to hear and understand. Most of you don't like him because he's not Suh. But then you all would have cried because we went 2-14 instead of 3-13. Be a realist you play the game to win the Super Bowl. We were not going to win last year and we won't win it this year. Enjoy football and we'll continue to get better and add the pieces necessary to be a perennial participant in the tournament with a legitimate chance. Quit whining!!!
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    You don't like our posts don't read them SCHMUCK!!
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    I like McCoy. I get that there is a learning curve. I just don't quite understand why if he is so talented, that he doesn't have a great play once in a while?
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    Completely with you on this one man. At least give us a reason to believe all the hype surrounding you. 3 sacks aint cuttin' it. Yes those were all in a couple games but still.
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    We're not going to win the Super Bowl this year? NOOOOOO...tell me it's not true. He killed Kenny!
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    What kind of words is that most of us don't like him because he's not Suh". It's not about Suh; as far as I am concerned. He should be better than Suh because Suh is limited and we saw that in the Bucs game. Suh will last only a few years and then he will be very average because he will not be able to continue to be strong and also hefty. I still don't know why McCoy lost weight and he even admits now "that he is a small DT". What's that all about? I want the him to be him; I just want him to be good at him. He is far more athletic than Suh and should be able to adjust. The problem with Gerald and many high drafted players that don't pan out is that it is is all mental in the NFL because the talent is about the same.
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    I was refering to Deacon Blues statements.
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    Yeah - one piece at a time..... keep drinking that kool aid, they aren't going to add squat.
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    So, against New England they didn't game plan. Now, against Detroit they didn't game plan right? That sounds like a coaching problem.
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    No its just that game planning is hard, so they do it one week and then take a week off. Luckily the Vikings is an on week.
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    Mr. McCoy. Welcome to the NFL, where Offenses and Defenses tweak their looks from week to week. Until you and the D can learn to adjust, every team will continue to change it up until you can beat it!
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    Well, they better learn how to beat what Detroit did to the Defense/McCoy, because the Vikings will be doing the same thing next week.
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    The Vikings have an overall better Defense than Detroit and their Offense is fair too.
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    And once we review the film I'll run my mouth more and give you more excuses. The Refs were against the Bucs and let the Lions cheat????? So does that mean the next excuse we hear will be the Refs were letting the Lions Defense hold the entire Bucs offensive line so they could not open holes for our backs ???
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    My suggestion to the DT's is to review some other films too? Warren Sapp, David Logan, Dave Pear, and many others. That's as nice as I can be.
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    Just keep on getting better Gerald. I, for one, am not shocked that a young team is making mistakes. It's the only way to learn. I think we could have played a whole lot better and I believe we will but I'm not gonna be shocked when we lose games. I don't think Pittsburg planned on getting blown out by the Ravens and I'm sure Atlanta didn't plan on getting dominated by Chicago but those things happen. Doesn't make them a bad team and it doesn't make us a bad team. I expect us to get better each game and if that happens we will arrive at where we want to be. Let the fair weather fans whine all they want. Just keep working on your game.
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    I won't be shocked when we lose games either! I just don't want to be shocked that we win some.
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    Agreed. Love the attitude McCoy but we need you to talk less and act more. It was sad when the biggest hit put on Stafford on Sunday was the one he inflicted on himself tweaking his leg while hitting Megatron for that fade route TD. Even with a quick release, Stafford isnt that mobile and should have been harassed all day long. Instead we gave him all the time in the world to pick us apart. What happened to those exotic blitz packages and pyshco packages? I don't recall seeing anything but vanilla 4-3 most of the gamge.
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    Don't worry McCoy, your babysitter Millard will teach you a Kung Fu move to get past them the next time grasshopper.
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    He makes some horrible comments...this brings me back to "Uh Mr. Brady, can we line up?"
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    Loser type comments... they lined up wrong, they were cheating, we even talked to the refs about it... waa, waa, waambulance! Poor baby.
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    in other words we got schooled
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