McCoy Draws A Line In The SandOctober 31st, 2013
Yesterday evening on WDAE-AM 620, Gerald McCoy was his usual entertaining and insightful self during his Buccaneers Radio Network show (following the JoeBucsFan hour) — until McCoy got on a rant about how he will not tolerate his sportsmanship style being questioned.
It seems McCoy had firm in-your-face time with Bucs’ assistants Bryan Cox and Randy Melvin about the subject.
“I had my D-line coaches get on to me the other day,” McCoy explained. “Well, not get on to me, try to get on to me. There’s no way they’re going to get on to me for this. They got upset with me because I helped somebody up [in the game.] So what! I don’t care. Kiss my butt. Listen, if I want to help somebody, I’m going help somebody up. Because right on the next play I’m going to knock him down again. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter.
“That doesn’t change how hard I play. As long as in between the whistles I’m not helping anybody up, it doesn’t matter. So what if I help them off the ground? ‘Good job; we’re out here competing. But as soon as they snap the ball, I’m going to kill you again.’
“There’s nothing wrong with that. Everybody’s not like that. If you don’t want to be like that, keep it to yourself. I don’t care. I don’t go tell them, ‘Hey, you’re not doing this. You’re not doing that.’ I don’t care. Everybody does what they do. If I help somebody up, get over it. Get over it.”
McCoy shared these feelings shortly after he was criticized by a fan caller who told McCoy several times that he doesn’t have enough “dawg” in him.
Last year’s Pro Bowl honor and strong play this season from Gerald McCoy are not enough for many McCoy observers. They want a defensive tackle who eats nails and spits fire.
“People think I play relentless and I’m really talented; they just think I’m not evil. That’s ok,” McCoy said.
“I don’t take that personally at all. That’s been said by more than just him. N0.99 tells me that on a regular basis. Sapp tells me that all the time. My wife has told me that. So I don’t take it personal. I don’t know.”
“I don’t have to be angry to play. When I get angry, that’s when I make mistakes. And that’s when I can’t be at my best. But I don’t think [the fan caller] is talking about playing. It’s hard to explain.”
Joe finds all this talk about McCoy not being nasty enough to be just plain silly. All kinds of personalities have been great football players. The late Lee Roy Selmon and Warren Sapp likely couldn’t have been more different.
But it is interesting that New Schiano Order coaches were on him for helping guys up recently. Surely, this isn’t the first time they’ve seen McCoy offer a helping hand over the past 25 games. It sounds like tensions are running high. Perhaps that will help the Bucs win a game.