Gerald McCoy Talks About His Return, SchianoJanuary 31st, 2012
Buzzing around Super Bowl media today, Joe ran into Gerald McCoy. Of course, Joe asked McCoy about new Bucs head coach Greg Schiano and more. For the second consecutive offseason, McCoy is successfully rehabbing a torn bicep in San Diego, and he said there’s a positive buzz among his teammates about the Schiano hire. Here’s some of Joe’s conversation with the 2010 first-round pick:
JoeBucsFan.com: Was the Greg Schiano hire a shock to you?
Gerald McCoy: Yeah it was. One thing, I did expect our owners to be unpredictable, and to do the opposite of what everybody expected. And they did, man. Nobody heard anything about Coach Schiano until he was ready to sign. And that’s what I love. He’s an old soul, a no-nonsense coach who completely flipped and changed around that Rutgers program. He’s defensive-minded so, you know, that’s what I’m about. So I love it. I’m excited to see what he does.
Joe: Have you spoken to him?
McCoy: I haven’t talked to him yet because when I went to Tampa, he wasn’t there. But I haven’t had a chance to talk to him yet.
Joe: Will you call him?
McCoy: I’m going to definitely, definitely call him. He’s my head coach, and I like to have a close-knit relationship with my coaches.
Joe: Do you have any inkling what Schiano will want you to do defensively? Heard anything through the grapevine?
McCoy: You know, I talked to the GM, Mark Dominik. And he just told me to do the same thing I’ve been doing. Just remain a leader and, you know, do what it is I do. Don’t change up nothing that I’m doing.
Joe: Have you heard anything about possible assistant coaches?
McCoy: No, I haven’t heard anything, just like I didn’t hear about [Schiano] until everyone else did.
Joe: Will you be ready and healthy for OTAs?
McCoy: Yeah. When everything starts back up, on April 23 when we report back, I’ll be there. I’ll be the first one in the building ready to roll.