On Sunday just minutes after the game a visibly disappointed and even somewhat angry Lovie Smith stood at the podium and talked about Tampa Bay’s 24-17 loss to the Saints. At one point a reporter asked Smith about the TV broadcast showing him challenging his players, but Smith didn’t want to share any details.
But Smith wasn’t the only one captured showing his emotions during the loss. BayCave.com writer Gil Arcia tweeted a video on Monday of defensive line coach Joe Cullen and Bucs Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy having a heated moment during the game. In the short video clip Henry Melton and Clinton McDonald have to step in between the two during the exchange.
While these type of heated moments are quite common on many sidelines around the NFL and is nothing new to anyone who has been around football, you haven’t seen as much emotion from a Bucs sideline in a while and it shows the team and coaches expected better play that what took place on Sunday. And maybe it shows that the expectations and bar have finally been set higher than anytime since Jon Gruden roamed at the sidelines at Raymond James Stadium.
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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]
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It happens from time to time, but better if that passion is kept on the field. I had a similar moment during the game yesterday, but my trusted beagle Phred, just looked at me like I was crazy!
That’s no big deal. We don’t even know if Cullen was upset with mcCoy or if McCoy was defending McDaniel and Melton. I never saw McCoy heated; more upset than anything. Heck the DL was getting no pressure; somebody from the coaching staff should have got on them and he did.
McCoy’s playing with a bad shoulder and a crippled hand and a coach is yelling at him?
Give me a break.
The rest of the DL are backups. They probably played to their pay grade and current abilities.
This is the exchange right after Hightowers TD. McCoy either did not attack the right gap or guy which is what Cullen is screaming about…
Big whoop! Those old Parcells and Simms outbursts were always a treat.
The Bucs may not win another game this season. They are decimated on defense and the offense has some walking wounded as well. However, as I read several of the articles on PR and watch many of the videos, it is clear that this team has a will and emotion not seen here in several years. While they played flat this past Sunday, there is a want-to on this team that is being fanned into flame by Winston. The defense celebrates the offense as they come off the field, the offense encourages the defense. They motivate and hold each other accountable. That last one hasn’t happened since Sapp roamed the sidelines. They may have gone as far as they can this year, though I’m still hoping for 2 more wins, but as Gruden used to say, “the future is so bright you need shades to see it”. I’m glad McCoy is showing emotion on the sideline. He is still the leader of this team.
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