Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy addressed the fans’ disappointment of Tampa Bay losing its 2014 season opener at home to Carolina, 20-14, on Sunday. McCoy had eight solo tackles, two tackles for loss and a fourth quarter sack in his 2014 debut.
“Nobody is sitting here crying about the Patriots,” McCoy said. “They lost, too. And so did the Green Bay Packers. And so did the New Orleans Saints. Teams have to lose on Week 1. You can’t have two winners in every game. We lost Week 1. We apologize and we’ll fix it.
“You always want to go undefeated at home. Much credit goes to our fans. They didn’t give up on us and stayed loud throughout the whole game. One thing I will ask of our fans – and fans don’t crucify me for this – just hang in there. I know our fans have been patient. They just want to see a winner. We understand that. Just hang in there. We can’t do it without them. We need our fans to keep showing up and keep supporting us. It’s okay to be upset when we lose because we were upset, too. We’re not faulting them. But keep hanging in there with us.”
McCoy said he appreciated the help that the team’s 53,000 fans in attendance provided on Sunday, especially in the fourth quarter as Tampa Bay rallied back with two touchdowns to pull within three points at 17-14.
“I give our fans all the credit,” McCoy said. “They stayed with us and rooted us on all the way through. I just ask that they keep sticking with us. We’re not going to stop fighting, so we don’t need them to stop fighting. They need our fans.”
The Buccaneers get a chance to make amends for last week’s loss with another home game, this time against St. Louis, which lost at home to Minnesota, 34-6, on Sunday. When asked if the Rams game was a must-win in Week 2, McCoy scoffed at the notion.
“Every week is a must-win,” McCoy said. “We’re trying to get into the playoffs. You have to win to get in the playoffs. We get paid to win games. Every game is a must-win for us. It’s a crazy big game because it’s the next one. It’s Week 1 people. I understand we only won four games last year. I understand that our fans are tired of us losing. But if the fans are tired of us losing, think about how we feel.
“We’re the ones out their grinding in the offseason and training camp and then to come out in Week 1 and not win? It sucks. I guarantee you that the fans don’t feel as bad as we do. We ask that our fans stick in there with us and I guarantee you that we’re going to keep fighting. It’s Week 1. I guarantee you we’ll have 15 more [games]. The team we just lost to started off terrible last year and then won 10 straight. It happens. It’s a long season.”
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
Amen. A little perspective is refreshing to hear.
McCoy is a glutton for punishment. Hard to look anyone in the eye and ask for continued support at this point.
I myself was surprised when I saw how many people were still in the stands at the end of the game. I’ll be there in person this week for Brooks’ induction into the ring of honor. Nobody’s giving up McCoy, but for the rest of the season the defense has to play as well as the 1st string defense did this preseason if we’re going to win any games.
Mccoy needs to stop telling fans what to do, and instead hold his teammates accountable.
That was a horrible product, bedamned what the score was.
Mr one sack can stop telling me what to do and alpha male his butt over to mccown and slap him.
Furthermore, “nobody is complaining about the pats, saints or pack, because they normally win more than four games a season. They would be hard pressed to have that many losses even.
I like GMC a lot…fantastic player for us. But 1) it wasn’t the fans who gave up in parts of that game last weekend (look to your left and right GMC) and 2) while it may seem frustrating to Gerald to lose a game, try supporting this team since 76…I have seen a lot more disappointment than last weekend, and I still watch every minute of every game cheering the team on…haven’t quit on the Bucs yet and don’t intend to….nobody has more resilience than Bucs fans.
Who’s bailing on the team after a close week 1 loss to the division champion? Yes, McCown looked terrible and I still have no idea what offense we’re running – but it’s a totally new scheme on the offense and defense – give it a couple of weeks before you panic.
We all are tired of the losses. Tired of rebuilding, tired of watching failing free agent acquisitions. Pissed off about failed draft picks. I love the Bucs but I am pissed off. The offense looked like a crap GMC needs to keep his mouth shut and Just shake the hell out of our QB. Our QB is another Dilfer. Our Defense kept us in the game but our QB lost it. WIN WIN WIN WE NEED TO WIN!!! GO BUCS!!!! BLOODY THE RAMS MOUTH AND KICK THEM IN THE NUTS!!
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