Bucs Going “Old School, Traditional Tampa-2”April 15th, 2014
Don’t think the Bucs are going to run the Glory Days, Tampa-2 defense as their core defense?
Well, Lovie Smith hasn’t changed much, says Gerald McCoy. It’s been all Tampa-2 study all the time at One Buc Palace this past week.
McCoy mentioned to reporters today that the team was getting used to a “new scheme.” So Joe asked McCoy what’s new for him. McCoy said what’s new is really old, as in film study that includes orange uniforms.
“We are playing the old school, traditional Tampa-2 defense. All we’ve been watching is old Chicago tape when Lovie was there and  to however long they played it [in Tampa]. But when [the Bucs] were in their prime, you know, ’96 to 2002ish, 2003is, we’ve been watching all their tape. Because that’s when the Tampa-2 was really thriving and really took over the league. That’s how I know we’re really running the old traditional Tampa-2. So I’m excited about it.”
McCoy also explained that he’s now an “undertackle” and not a “3-technique,” and he will be treated as the No. 1 pass rusher on the field. Essentially, burying quarterbacks will very much be all about No. 93 in 2014.