Youth No Longer An ExcuseJuly 30th, 2012
One of the cool things Joe thought about the Bucs hiring outspoken, former intimidating linebacker Bryan Cox as a defensive assistant is that Cox wouldn’t think for a second about getting in someone’s face who needed to get their rear ends chewed, no matter their draft status, paycheck or years in the league.
So far that same mentality that Joe welcomed from Cox is already coming out, so documents Alan Dell of the Bradenton Herald.
Speaking to Dell, Cox blurted that the other 31 years in the NFL are not going to ball up in a fetal position because the Bucs are young.
Cox has never been shy about speaking his mind, a blessing for a young Bucs squad that is surrounded by doubters.
“Anytime you have a lot of young guys, people will try to build on that as an excuse, and we don’t want to be looking for built-in excuses,” he says. “Who cares how young they are. They are not going to cancel the season or feel sorry for us because of our youth. Fortunately, we have a lot of guys who can do a lot of different things, and we can move (them) around. All of them, including the veterans, are unselfish and willing to do whatever it takes to turn this thing around.”
Too many players at too many positions on the defensive side of the ball simply waltzed through last season, ending in a grotesque 10-game losing streak. It seemed to Joe there were ample times players needed a swift kick in the rear end instead of being coddled.
Consider Cox willing to kick tail if that’s what it takes to motivate a Bucs defender.