Can McCoy Lead A Winner & Improve Teammates?June 6th, 2014
Great players, regardless of sport, typically inspire and raise the games of those around them.
Gerald McCoy hasn’t done that yet.
And reaching that level of leadership is a focus for McCoy. Last year, Bucs assistant coach Bryan Cox, the former All-Pro linebacker who now coaches defensive line for Atlanta, explained to Joe that this was McCoy’s greatest challenge.
“I saw a guy [in Gerald McCoy] 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. 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,” Cox said last June.
Remember, it was Lavonte David, in the closing minutes of the Bucs’ first win of the season against Miami last year, who went wild to his teammates and demanded they step it up and seal a win with pressure and sacks of Ryan Tannehill.
McCoy was quick to praise and explain David’s leadership on the Buccaneers Radio Network.
“Lavonte David came to me before that play, and he grabbed me,” McCoy said. “Because we had got the sack before on a blitz and he grabbed me and said, ‘now it’s your turn.’ He said, ‘You go get this one.’ Most people don’t know that. But he grabbed me and said, ‘You go get this one.’ I’m like, ‘OK. Alright. I’ll go get it.”
On SiriusXM NFL Radio recently, McCoy echoed Cox’s words from last June. McCoy said he’s hoping he’ll be “bringing people with me” into NFL success. And, no, McCoy wasn’t being cocky, just explaining that he’s had a couple of strong years and he needs to raise the games of his teammates.
That will be another X-factor of the Bucs’ season; McCoy’s quest to lead those around him and a good defense. Enjoy a cut from McCoy’s NFL Radio interview below.