In a rare event, the Buccaneers most outspoken player was at a loss for words following Sunday’s, 27-17 defeat. Gerald McCoy, who always is good for a honest assessment, was having trouble putting into words what’s wrong with his 1-8 team.
“Usually, I know what to say, but at this point guys, I don’t know,” McCoy said. “I don’t know anymore. I knew we’re going to keep going, but I don’t have an answer for you, I really don’t. I’m sorry”
A lot has been wrong with the Buccaneers this season, but for Sunday, self-inflicted wounds would be a good place to start.
The Buccaneers were flagged 10 times for 79 yards. And once McCoy was able to find words, the three-technique didn’t excuse his team’s lack of discipline.
“We have to be more disciplined than that,” McCoy said. “Penalties can kill you. A lot of the points in the game we were at because of penalties.”
McCoy is now in his fifth season since being drafted in 2010. In two of the five years, his team has suffered a 10 and eight-game losing streaks (2011 & 2013). But in a shocking revelation, the former third-overall pick claims that the 2014 Buccaneers are the most disorderly team he’s been a part of.
“We’re an undisciplined team, a very undisciplined team,” he said. “Probably the worst I’ve ever been on as a unit.”
Of the 10 penalties, perhaps the most senseless was Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ unsportsmanlike penalty after his go-ahead touchdown. Without calling out any individuals, McCoy acknowledged that you can’t do that in this league.
“Yeah, that’s just undisciplined,” McCoy said. “You can’t do that. That’s just not smart. You can’t do that.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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That would be a coaching issue…wouldn’t it? We got some bad calls today, but doesn’t take away from the horrible penalties we get on weekly basis. Yea…that’s coachin…bad coachin!!!
McCoy faced double and triple team blocking all day but that is supposed to open up others to apply pressure. Not on this team, get used to it, now every team sees a way to avoid QB sacks.
This stufff is not a coaching issue. Comes down to the players and their own will. Hopefully the uncommitted players can get shipped out in the offseason. Also will be good to see the team with a real OC and a committed QB coach next year. Use the rest of this season to A) rally your fan base B) evaluate who can play in the schemes and C) evaluate pure talent and determination.
Ice Cream Boy’s Lose Agin. uniform suck
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