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McCoy says a “track meet” is coming to the Tampa defense

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The Buccaneers have a new coach, a new G.M., and a new attitude.  With Lovie Smith back more than a decade after leaving for the Rams (where he served as defensive coordinator), a new-old attitude has returned to the Tampa defense.

“Everything is about changing the mentality of the Bucs, and bringing a different sense of urgency and a different mindset to the team,” defensive tackle Gerald McCoy told Thursday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN.  “They say it’s about to be a track meet, meaning we’re going to run on defense, that’s what we’re going to be about and, you know, I love it.  I’ve watched a lot of the old tapes with [Warren] Sapp and [Derrick] Brooks, those guys when they were in that team, and you know, if you look at them at practice it looks like a game, because you’ve got 11 hats to the ball, and it looks they’re just trained soldiers.  And Lovie was around the system, coach [Leslie] Frazier was around it, so the mix of those two is going to be a lot of fun.”

McCoy thinks the end result will be that he and linebacker Lavonte David will be playing like Sapp and Brooks once did.

“I think I’ll have a lot more freedom, honestly,” McCoy said.  “You get me and Lavonte David partnered up and we cover each other up, the same way Sapp and Brooks did that made their careers so great.  Of course, they did a lot of other things individually, you know, preparing the stuff, but just on the field as far as covering each other up I think that’s what me and Lavonte are going to have the opportunity to do.  They’re going to put us in the best positions to make plays for the team, the rest is going to be on our backs.”

McCoy and David already have shown they’re highly competent.  It’ll be intriguing to see what they can do in the defense that brought the Bucs their only NFL title.

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24 Responses to “McCoy says a “track meet” is coming to the Tampa defense”
  1. ziggystheansah says: Feb 6, 2014 8:55 PM

    That’s a funny joke. We all know Levy and Suh are a better Sapp/Brooks combo.

  2. wjmoffatt says: Feb 6, 2014 9:05 PM

    We (Bucs) have our Sapp (McCoy), Brooks (David), and Lynch (Barron). Have probably a better version of Barber in Revis, just have to find our booger McFarland and Rice (hopefully in the form of Jared Allen).

  3. skinsfantom says: Feb 6, 2014 9:08 PM

    whatever dude, whatever.

  4. canadianbucsfan says: Feb 6, 2014 9:09 PM

    I completely understand why my bucs don’t get a ton of media attention, Tampa is a small market for football and we have struggled thorugh out the recent years, but things are looking up with this much improved coaching staff, and Lavonte David is a BEAST. His stats are very comparable to Keuchly’s after 2 seasons in the NFL.

  5. realnflmaster says: Feb 6, 2014 9:12 PM

    Tampa 2 sucks, this isn’t 2002. Good luck giving up 28 points a game.

  6. beardinals says: Feb 6, 2014 9:20 PM

    Oh boy! That time of year. For the next 8 months, (insert team) is going to be the best ever.

  7. rcali says: Feb 6, 2014 9:24 PM

    I think I heard him say “Dream Team!”

  8. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Feb 6, 2014 9:50 PM

    LOL

  9. mrtampa says: Feb 6, 2014 10:03 PM

    These are two great guys to build this defense around, extra parts like revis and goldson…and finally getting coached up and WATCH OUT.

  10. darkneptune73 says: Feb 6, 2014 10:31 PM

    Embrace the Tampa 2, because you guys are gonna see lots of it.

  11. datdude84 says: Feb 6, 2014 10:43 PM

    Defense isn’t the issue on this team. Its been terrible coaching, ownership, managing, and terrible qb play that has led to them being one of the worst org in the league. Defense will be good but they still aren’t a threat to win anything with glennon as qb. They shoukd still be embarrassed for letting bennett walk. Types of moves like that sum up who tampa really is.

  12. meatcarroll says: Feb 6, 2014 11:53 PM

    Another wannabe team trying to emulate the Seahawks defense.

  13. asw1028 says: Feb 7, 2014 1:02 AM

    The Bucs defense could be an absolute steal in fantasy football drafts next season. The Bears were consistently a top scoring defense when Smith was their head coach and even though the Vikings didn’t win many games under Frazier (ahem, Christian Ponder) that defense was legit.

  14. elwaysagenius says: Feb 7, 2014 1:41 AM

    So Jeff Demps is going to play a pivotal role on defence next year?

  15. greg285 says: Feb 7, 2014 5:23 AM

    Add a pass rushing DE or two, with a new secondary coach, this should be a Top#3 defense in the NFL next season as defense still wins, if you have the players, right HC and scheme

  16. tjacks7 says: Feb 7, 2014 5:25 AM

    Unless they’re willing to give up the outdated cover 2 and quit sitting back and watching as QBs pick them apart as they “try not to lose” the game, it won’t matter. Defenses today are all about getting to the QB since Goodell has gotten rid of all the other ways to get an offense off the field.

  17. gtskyrider says: Feb 7, 2014 5:46 AM

    Don’t talk about…be bout it!!! Just Buc it…and play!!!

  18. docboss says: Feb 7, 2014 9:23 AM

    They need to move up and get Clowney.

  19. amusicunlimited says: Feb 7, 2014 11:29 AM

    oh no, do not get Clowney; That guy takes plays “off”, and does not give you 100% on each play. Probably will be another Randy Moss. We need a tough player who wants to get to the QB! = Jared Allen, or someone similar to Allen.

  20. amusicunlimited says: Feb 7, 2014 11:30 AM

    oh no, do not get Clowney; That guy takes plays “off”, and does not give you 100% on each play. Probably will be another Randy Moss. We need a tough player who wants to get to the QB! = Jared Allen, or someone similar to Allen. … and bring in competition for QB Glennon. = Vick, McCown (from Chicago), Cousins …

  21. suckit619 says: Feb 7, 2014 2:12 PM

    As a Bears fan, I like Lovie Smith a lot. Tampa’s defense will be very good. But his problem has always been offense. He can’t seem to ever hire the right OC to run his offenses and that has always been his downfall. I wish them luck, but they have a long way to go on offense. They need to get a QB immediately. Glennon is not a franchise QB

  22. amusicunlimited says: Feb 8, 2014 1:14 AM

    Wow, that is the EXACT same problem that Tony Dungy had while he was coach for the Bucs.

  23. 215shawty says: Feb 8, 2014 12:17 PM

    Go bucs

  24. 215shawty says: Feb 8, 2014 12:19 PM

    Am I the only one wanting C J Mosley

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