“I Didn’t Think At All”October 27th, 2010
After the Bucs were slapped around by the Saints, Gerald McCoy revealed he was so focused on being in position that he was playing more like a programmed robot than a defensive football player.
And Raheem Morris was on his case to shed blocks and make tackles.
Come Sunday against the Rams, McCoy said he finally played instinctive football.
“This week I didn’t think at all. Once we got to play. I knew what I had to do and let it go,” McCoy said on WDAE-AM 620 Tuesday night. “On the film, it’s clear to see how much differently I was playing [from previous weeks]. I was getting off the ball. I was getting off blocks. I was in the backfield. …It was my best game as a Buc. It was something I should have been doing from the jump, but like I said there was some confusion on my part. But I’ll continue to build on this and just get better each week.”
McCoy went on to chat about some of his weekly challenges, including dealing with savvy moves from experienced offensive linemen.
“There are some seasoned vets. There’s the vets who are just considered vets because they’ve been playing more than a year or two. But not all vets make the vet moves. There are some things that happen out there on the field where you’re like, ‘My gosh. I didn’t know that was possible. I never thought that offensive linemen did that,'” McCoy said.
“Like one thing that never happened to me in college that has happened to me here is as soon as the ball is snapped, offensive linemen whose arms are long enough, they just immediately put their hands in your face. On your face mask. It’s kind of like when you watch baskeball and Kobe Bryant is shooting, and when he goes to shoot they put the hand in his face instead of trying to block his shot. And they cover his face so he can’t see the goal. It’s kind of like that. They immediately hit you in your face and then it kind of throws you off a little bit. That’s never happened to me. That’s kind of a vet move that offensive linemen have used.”
As for the huge pile of trash talk that comes McCoy’s way during games, the Bucs’ defensive tackle says he never responds to it.
McCoy also said he was planning to attend a charity Halloween event last night dressed as Darth Vader. “It’s the only costume that fit me,” McCoy said.