Raheem Flashes Frustration With McCoyOctober 18th, 2010
The growing pains of the Bucs’ young defensive line have been felt by Bucs fans and coaches. But few thought the pain would be as agonizing as it’s been the past three games, with the Steelers, Bengals and Saints having their way with the D-line and running at will.
On today’s Raheem Morris Show, on WDAE-AM 620, the Bucs’ head coach, who has been markedly protective of his young players and enthusiastic about his youthful roster, showed a hint of frustration with the learning curve of his defense.
Callers pressed Morris to talk about the struggles of the run defense on multiple occasions and, after some prodding by host TJ Rives, Morris gave a candid take that included singling out Gerald McCoy.
“The other reason, which we always talk about time around here is we’re being a little too much yield signs, you know. And what I mean by that is we’re in our gaps, we’re in the right spot, and now we’re looking to see who’s supposed to be in that gap, rather than shedding the block and making the tackle. We got to go out and be better shed tacklers up front, at linebacker and in the secondary.
“Right now, I’ve got a bunch of young guys, and they are really concerned about being wrong. And I got to tell those guys, you know, ’Don’t be afraid to achieve and go out there be your best self.’ You know, Gerald McCoy, he can take some of the reigns of him[self] a little bit. ‘Yeah I know what to do.’ That’s great. Now go out there and shed this guard and make this tackle in somebody else’s gap. Because you can do that, too. It’s not illegal.”
Morris hardly threw McCoy under the bus, but the frustration was evident. McCoy has eight tackles and no sacks in five games.
Joe gets that D-line is probably thinking way too much to be successful consistently. But if that’s really a major problem, than it should be fixable very quickly.
If the Bucs have drafted good players, their raw football instincts should take over in a hurry.