Spence, McCoy Meeting High ExpectationsOctober 6th, 2013
Bucs pass rush coach and former NFL star Bryan Cox is always a good listen. Here’s part of his latest weigh-in on the Bucs’ defense, via Bucccaneers.com video.
Cox names rookie nose tackle Akeem Spence as a surprise defensive performer who has done a good job. Cox also explains that Gerald McCoy has taken the next step in his leadership of the team.
Remember, it was Cox who told Joe months ago that McCoy’s greatest challenge was making those around him better.
“I saw a guy that was mature, ready to take the next step, very into it in the meetings, very intelligent. And so you’d just like to think and hope that this year he can build and bring some guys with him,” Cox said of McCoy in June. “Because true great players bring, you know, other players’ level of play to a different level. That’s what we’d like to expect from him this season.”
Joe’s glad to hear McCoy is growing from his Pro Bowl season, versus relaxing after reaching NFL glory.
It’s good news on Spence, as well. Four games isn’t much of a sample, but Spence clearly has more potential than Roy Miller and was well worth trading up for in the fourth round.