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Gerald McCoy: Bucs 'lacked discipline' in 2011

Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:41 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 7:42 pm
McCoy said the Bucs "lacked discipline" in 2011, but expects a bounceback next year. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Gerald McCoy's second season in the NFL wasn't a particularly great one. The defensive lineman, the third-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, played in just six games because of injury, recorded just one sack, and saw the Buccaneers defense fall apart down the stretch after he went down.

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But McCoy, who's moonlighting as a reporter for OCNN this week, sounded pumped about the prospect of new Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano coming to Florida.

"From what I found out, he's well-respected in the coaching circle," McCoy said Thursday. "I got to interview Bill Belichick earlier this week and he told me personally that he's learned a lot of stuff he knows from Coach Schiano. For a coach like Bill Belichick to give my new coach a stamp of approval? You can't ask for anything better than that.

"He's defensive-minded and I'm a defensive player, so that's what I'm looking for."

McCoy also acknowledged that last season's debacle was partially caused by a lack of discipline within the locker room, something that most folks believed happened, especially late in the year.

"Here's the thing: in order to be a great team in the NFL, coming off a 10-win season, you're not going to surprise anybody any more," McCoy said. "So you're going to get everyone's best. And you can't do the same things if you're going to be great in this league. I learned that from Warren Sapp. You've got to give them something new.

"I just think our discipline level dropped a little bit. We kind of had the second-year slump coming off a 10-win season and kind of living off that. But I think we had a wake-up call. We got a new coach, they changed a lot of things and I think we're going to be back."

So was Raheem Morris too friendly with his players? Or just too young to enforce discipline? McCoy didn't go that far, but he did say that the Bucs "lacked discipline" during the disastrous 2011 campaign.

"Yeah, we just lacked discipline in a lot of areas," McCoy said. "That's not to take anything away from [Morris]. I loved what he did. But it's a business and sometimes you have to make business moves and change some things up. I wish him all the best."

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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:11 am

Gerald McCoy: Bucs 'lacked discipline' in 2011

Some guys never did much like football, ugly. That's not a sin, just a fact; it's a pretty brutal way to make a living. Meanwhile, they've got lives to live and families of which to take care, same as anyone. As  for guys policing themselves, it sounds like maybe your HS team was blessed with more than its share of leadership from within. Take pride in that, but I'm betting that no more than a handful of guys took that responsibility upon themselves. Put the rest of them in a locker room without those few, do they rise to the challenge? You can't know for sure. Human dynamics only get more problematic when the needs of the many are in unavoidable conflict with the needs of the individual. If I don't make the team, then it's NOT my team. Allegiances are fleeting things in an environment like that.

Teams do better when the tone is set and reinforced from above. Just as rowing eights do better when a coxswain is setting the pace. The more oars in the water, the greater the need for professional guidance.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:37 pm

Gerald McCoy: Bucs 'lacked discipline' in 2011

The lowest Salary is what? $500,000 or more? and you need a taskmaster to tell you to step up? What a shame? Have some PRIDE! When I was in HS we policed ourselves and held ours heads high. I guess you lose your love for the game when it becomes a J O B.

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