Youth No Longer An Excuse

July 30th, 2012

New Bucs front seven coach Bryan Cox won’t put up with excuses for poor play.

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.

10 Responses to “Youth No Longer An Excuse”

  1. TheRealVince Says:

    That’s right, no excuses. Get it done or get out of town!!

  2. Luther Says:

    I said years ago that if I were walking a dark alley, I want 2 guys by my side: Gregg Lloyd and Brian Cox

  3. thomas two point two Says:

    Finally, someone with balls to be honest with the sheep:

    How many times from the prior regime, the org and the sheep did we hear this youngest team in the NFL b.s.?

    Stop with that weak-ass excuse for sucking.

    The fact that the GM and former coach would use this excuse publicly shows how amateur and incompetent they were.

    I bet Schiano never mentions youth as an excuse for him to lose.

  4. MTM Says:

    Great to hear Cox talk about accountability for a change.

  5. Snook Says:

    Love this hire. Hope it works out.

  6. raphael Says:

    love the Bryan Cox and Hardy Nickerson types…mean and nasty !

  7. raphael Says:

    Hello Mr Cox, I would like to introduce you to Quincy Black ….

  8. Eric Says:

    But I thought Chuck Noll 2.0 was our coach?

    Didn’t he know more than Monte?

    Way better than Gru?

    Players all loved and played their hearts out for him?

    Amazingly amnestic.

  9. Piratic Says:

    “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.”

    Joe, your typos are showing again.

  10. Joe Says:


    Joe, your typos are showing again.

    That passage you pasted has no typos.