Earlier this week, Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said, via the Tampa Tribune, that he wants to play with more anger over the rest of the season.
His regular level of anger was enough to land him a $15,750 fine from the league for a hit in last Sunday’s victory over the Falcons. McCoy struck Falcons backup quarterback Dominique Davis in the knees, which earned him a penalty for roughing the passer and earned Davis a trip back to the bench because of a knee bruise.
The Falcons looked at free agent quarterbacks earlier this week, but Davis’ injury turned out not be serious enough for him to miss Thursday night’s loss to the Saints.
The penalty was a black mark on a day that otherwise saw McCoy earn nothing but gold stars. He had three sacks and four quarterback hits to help lead the Buccaneers to a 41-28 victory.