McCoy Demanded Defensive ChangesSeptember 24th, 2012
Against the Giants, the Bucs relied on all kinds of defensive line stunts and pass rush games, plus repeated
failed blitzes, to generate pressure on Eli Manning. And Tampa Bay was torched as a result.
Seemingly taking a direct order from Warren Sapp, Gerald McCoy said he played defensive coordinator before yesterday’s loss in Dallas and demanded that coaches rely on the defensive line to beat the opposing offensive line and attack the quarterback like rabid dogs.
“I represented the D-line and went up to coach and said, ‘Give us an opportunity to go straight at them instead of going sideways on all these stunts,” McCoy said. “I said, ‘If it don’t work, it don’t work and we’ll go back to whatever.’ We took advantage” against Dallas.
McCoy was dominant yesterday, with four tackles, two sacks and a brain-jarring, fumble-inducing hit of Tony Romo that should have been a Bucs touchdown if not for the heinous replacement officials fleecing the Bucs. Michael Bennett also had a ferocious two-sack day that showcased his relentless drive.
The Bucs’ run defense also was extraordinary.
Clearly, McCoy’s recommendations were on the mark. Perhaps he’d be willing to lend his expertise to Mike Sullivan?