“Pop Warner” Fundamentals Doomed McCoyNovember 8th, 2011
Raheem Morris implied that technique, or lack thereof, had a lot to do with Gerald McCoy’s latest torn bicep against the Saints. That comment came at Raheem’s Monday afternoon news conference.
But during The Raheem Morris Show on WDAE-AM 620 last night, the head coach was asked to elaborate and made it clear that McCoy’s season-ending injury was the result of sloppy fundamentals.
“It goes back to Pop Warner. All your Pop Warner coaches tell you, ‘Don’t arm tackle.’ And that’s exactly why,” Raheem said. “You gotta put your chest on people. You gotta have your eyes up. Sky your eyes and do the right thing all the time, or it’s going to happen in football. You’re going to get hurt.”
McCoy is a painful loss for the Bucs. Though the Bucs have won games — this season and last — with Frank Okam starting, McCoy was improved this year and a key piece of the puzzle.
And it’s even more painful to lose McCoy to a “Pop Warner” mistake when he’s earning Hall of Fame money.