Taking your best pass rusher and overall player off your defense, when going up against the best quarterback you have faced so far in a season, certainly is a recipe for disaster.
And while Gerald McCoy most likely would not have changed the outcome of Thursday’s 56-14 loss at Atlanta, you do have to wonder how much of an effect it had with No. 93 in the lineup.
McCoy was asked that question on Friday afternoon during open locker room.
“Yeah I mean, who knows?” McCoy said. “Who knows what would have happened if I played? I believe I could’ve helped, but I guarantee you fans, I’m doing everything in my power to get back.”
Watching from the sideline brought back some bad memories for McCoy.
“It took me back to a bad place; I was there my first two years (injured), sitting back watching my boys need me,” McCoy said. “It didn’t feel good. I’m doing everything I can to get back, and I’m just going to keep working and see what happens this coming week.”
While on the sideline in the Georgia Dome watching the Bucs get blown out, McCoy was just as shocked as the fans to see his teammates fall behind so quickly.
“Yes, you blink your eyes, and we were down 21-0, it was like what?” McCoy said. “They scored in every phase of the game, defense and special teams included. They were just on fire, and you can’t take anything from them. They were very well prepared, and they played how we should have played. That’s the way you come back after a loss. That’s how you’re supposed to play after a loss, and we didn’t do that, so all credit goes to Atlanta. They just did us wrong, and it is what it is.”
One thing McCoy has offered, and has been noted by his coaches and teammates has been his leadership. McCoy hopes that can help the team right the ship.
“You can try, everybody is different,” Mccoy said. “That’s me, that is how I prepare. I have to prepare that way in order to play at the level I do. I try and bring guys with me, and more guys will start showing up. One thing I’ve always tried to do in my career is look at people who have been successful, and take little things from them. I’ve had minor success in my career, in the past couple years so hopefully guys will start to see that, and think maybe we should do something he’s doing. I’m definitely offering it to them, and anyone who wants to come with is welcome.”
With the Bucs now on a five-game losing streak dating back to December of last year, McCoy says Tampa Bay needs to regroup and get back to basics starting at the top.
“Every piece has to be broken down, starting with me, to Lavonte and on down,” McCoy said. “Starting with myself, I have to get healthy. You can’t lead this team from the sidelines, so I have to get healthy. Lavonte has to continue doing what he’s doing and keep improving, and it has to trickle down. I’m sure coach already mentioned he has to change some things he’s doing. It has to start with him, and come down to us. Piece by piece, it needs to be broken down so we can find what we need to fix.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya’ll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
Just an observation: Does it rub anyone else the wrong way when you see Akeem Spence jawing laughing and grinning in the middle of a serious beat-down. If you had just turned on the game, you’d have thought the score was reversed. Gotta wonder where the kids head is at. Some of us are talking about the missing “attitude”. This kid needs a kick in the rear. How about it Hardy? He’s not one of your LB’s, but could you possibly reach across the isle this week?
Bucs making progress on McCoy deal!
Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora · 3h
Growing sense around the league Suh could hit the market. McCoy and Bucs making progress: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/writer/jason-la-canfora/24718590/while-mccoy-bucs-making-progress-suh-likely-headed-to-free-agency
Extend McCoy, sign Suh.
Can he play QB for us?
I am watching the Steelers dominate Charlotte and it appears to me even if McCoy were playing our next game we will continue to be the bumbling Bucs. We would have been a lot better at this point if we had made better draft decisions this year. I pointed out those deficiencies at the time, and we will continue to pay for it until we do better drafts.
If Licht and the staff had only listened to Owlykat the mighty Bucs would be 3-0 with Tim Tebo(w) at QB and “Chase” Daniels at guard. Or would it be better with Tebo(w) at guard? Right about the drafting errors; but let’s hold off on this class for a year or two before judging. It’s the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 drafts and questionable FA signings that have limited the talent level. Plus, we get to see Bennett, Blount and Talib shine with little in return.
Still no tee shirt Mark.
Scubog is absolutely right…again. This team hasn’t had any depth for years…one sign of poor drafting year after year. If that continues for the next four years, then I’ll blame the coach and GM. Couple that with the loss of ANY first team player and the Bucs are in big trouble. The fact remains though, the Bucs MUST draft a potential franchise QB in the next draft…one who can make up for many of the shortcomings on this team!
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