Michael Jordan, Sapp, Ronde Inspiring McCoy

August 10th, 2013

Gerald McCoy seemingly is doing everything he can to return to the Pro Bowl — every year.

Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio today, McCoy talked about how hoops legend Michael Jordan is inspiring him. Jordan, per McCoy, came to Bulls training camp each year and pretended he knew nothing of the team’s famous triangle offense. Jordan took fresh notes in preseason meetings to force himself through the steps of re-learning the offense. McCoy says he’s doing the same things now to better understand the Bucs’ defense and to re-learn pass rush moves.

The words of Warren Sapp and Ronde Barber are also pounding a drum inside McCoy’s head. Sapp taught McCoy that there’s no greatness without consistency, as in year after year after year. Regarding Barber, it’s about the ultimate accountability.

“Ronde, when he retired, said he left this defense in my hands,” McCoy said. “I don’t want to disappoint him and, you know, make him wrong by leaving it in my hands. But not only that, not disappoint my teammates because they’re depending on me. They’re following me. So if I’m slouching, then they’ll slouch. So if I bring it, then I’m expecting them to bring it. And I’m bringing it, I think we’ve got a pretty good shot at getting after the quarterback.”

Not only can McCoy walk the walk, he can talk the talk. (Listen to McCoy on SiriusXM NFL Radio here.)

8 Responses to “Michael Jordan, Sapp, Ronde Inspiring McCoy”

  1. Buc1987 Says:

    Now just pass on what he learned onto the rest of the whole team.

  2. bucforce Says:

    Rick Stroud ‏@NFLSTROUD 7h

    Bucs DT Gerald McCoy left practice early with a calf strain.

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    ^^that sucks the dude is working so hard.

  4. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    Probably should give Geraldini93 a game off. Although I’d like to see someone else at the three technique besides Bowers.

  5. Buc Fan #238 Says:

    Ronde: “Gerald, this defense is yours.”

    McCoy: “You mean the last place pass defense in the NFL?”

    Ronde: “Err…. look buddy, I’m a future Hall of Famer. Just take the torch already.”

    McCoy: “Why are you giving me a torch when the ship is burning?”

    Ronde: “Fight fire with fire?”

    McCoy: “Sure bud. Thanks for giving up all of those TD’s the last few years… it really put us in a bind.”

    Ronde: “No problem. Enjoy the last place defensive secondary, yet again.”

    McCoy: “Ronde… everyone on the nation knew that you were really the head coach when Rah was here… who are you kidding?”

  6. MadMax Says:

    FK U #238…its still preseason and you’re all down on us….why call yourself a “fan”?

  7. the_buc_realist Says:

    lol @Buc Fan #238

    of course the secondary was last place, that is because the Bucs have had a last place pass rush over the last 4 years, and that is Fact!

  8. Pete 422 Says:

    That’s a great approach to training camp.