Gerald McCoy: Bucs players need more accountability

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Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy watched last Sunday’s AFC Championship Game and noticed one big difference between his team and the two teams vying for a Super Bowl berth.

McCoy said the Jaguars and Patriots “never have to worry about whether a guy was going to do their job or where they were going to be,” which wasn’t the case for the Bucs during the 2017 season. McCoy said the accountability he saw in those teams is something that he wants for the Bucs and that it is incumbent on himself and other leaders on the team to make sure there’s more of it next season.

“Whether it was preparation. How guys prepared. How guys played,” McCoy said on WDAE, via the Tampa Bay Times. “We just shot ourselves in the foot a lot with penalties and mental errors. And then there were times where we just got beat as a team. The team was just better than us. That comes from experience. Guys have to band together. We’ve got to come together as a team and unit and get on the same page. We weren’t always on the same page. I think myself and Lavonte [David], we take a lot of blame for that. Not doing enough in the room or at practice. If this thing is going to change, we need to take this thing over and make sure it changes.”

The Buccaneers opted not to shake up the coaching staff or personnel department after a 5-11 season, but it seems McCoy believes there are some big changes to make inside the locker room if things are going to get better in 2018.

13 responses to “Gerald McCoy: Bucs players need more accountability

  1. .
    “We weren’t always on the same page. I think myself and Lavonte [David], we take a lot of blame for that. Not doing enough in the room or at practice. If this thing is going to change, we need to take this thing over and make sure it changes.”

    McCoy diagnosed the problem. He took personal responsibility for his own part of the problem. He offered solutions to the problem. We must never allow people like him in elected office.
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  2. Remember on Hard Knocks when the cameras made it look like the Bucs dominated the Jaguars at their joint practice? It is pretty amazing how things turned out this season.

  3. All show and no go.

    James is the Problem.

    Leadership starts at the QB position. He plays to the cameras too much.

    That Eat a W thing was over the top. I think he lost a lot of respect from his teammates.

  4. I think Gerald McCoy is overrated and part of the problem. He’s too busy goofing off to lead. He just likes to say stuff in interviews to make it sound like he’s a leader

  5. Just to catch people up the above commenters think McCoy is too old to try and improve, overrated, a fake, a goof, and a bully/tough-guy.

  6. All great NFL teams have common factors: a Quality HC and a highly gifted QB…

    Lesser teams remain lesser teams until they have both of these in place… The Bucs have neither and until they do they will continue to build a team that remains mediocre no matter how talented players are in other positions…

    Yes, defense can win championship ONLY WHEN the offense isn’t a turnover machine…
    So the Bucs aren’t built to string together winning streaks!

  7. In just the past 10 years the Bucs have been cellar dwellers in their division 7-10 times…

    In 10 years they’ve had 1 5 game win streak and 1 4 game win streak…. more often than not the Bucs win 2 and lose the next game or 3…

  8. This is the same story we hear from McCoy every year. Hes’s going to step up and lead… Sure would like to see him actually do it!

  9. Pro Bowl player every year nuff said. He has the respect of his fellow players throughout the league that has to count for something. Everyone leads differently some are more vocal than others. we as fans do not know what goes on inside the locker room either so we can’t know for sure how the leadership is being put forth. I am inclined to agree that we need more vocal leadership and maybe hold more players accountable no doubt about that but that’s not saying that Gerald McCoy is not being a leader.

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