Spence, McCoy Meeting High Expectations

October 6th, 2013

Bucs pass rush coach and former NFL star Bryan Cox is always a good listen. Here’s part of his latest weigh-in on the Bucs’ defense, via Bucccaneers.com video.

Cox names rookie nose tackle Akeem Spence as a surprise defensive performer who has done a good job. Cox also explains that Gerald McCoy has taken the next step in his leadership of the team.

Remember, it was Cox who told Joe months ago that McCoy’s greatest challenge was making those around him better.

“I saw a guy that was mature, ready to take the next step, very into it in the meetings, very intelligent. And so you’d just like to think and hope that this year he can build and bring some guys with him,” Cox said of McCoy in June. “Because true great players bring, you know, other players’ level of play to a different level. That’s what we’d like to expect from him this season.”

Joe’s glad to hear McCoy is growing from his Pro Bowl season, versus relaxing after reaching NFL glory.

It’s good news on Spence, as well. Four games isn’t much of a sample, but Spence clearly has more potential than Roy Miller and was well worth trading up for in the fourth round.

25 Responses to “Spence, McCoy Meeting High Expectations”

  1. MadMax Says:

    Spence is a beasting 4th rounder, just like Mike Williams! I was glad when we picked him….just like I was glad when we traded our 1st for Revis, then we got Banks, and then Glennon. Its coming together. We just need Coach and company to change their ways or they need replacing!

  2. Tampabaybuctfan Says:

    Stongest guy on the field….really developing is Spence. I’m happy with tackle play….DE is another story.

  3. zam Says:

    can GMC play quarterback? may be “best chance to win”

  4. Couch Fan Says:

    I like Spence a lot. Bright future. And don’t give up on the rook yet Zam. I dont recall very many who were crowned hall of famers after there 1st start.

  5. Bobby Says:


    Stongest guy on the field….really developing is Spence. I’m happy with tackle play….DE is another story.


    I don’t know, I think Clayborne is playing well. We just need the other side to step up.

  6. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    Yes, Spence has been a bright spot.

  7. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    now when need some Ends, If the pop-star somehow survives this year. Look for him to claim that it is the deepest draft he can remember for d-ends and he will draft 2 of them very high.

  8. TampaTony Says:

    Say what you want about Schiano but the guy has a hell of an eye for talent especially defense. Its incredible what he has done with this defense in such a short time. It went from horrid and getting dominated by the jaguars to being able to shut down Drew Bees. Noboby is running the ball on this team.

    Hopefully he can recover from the Josh Freeman BS and get a chance to finish what he started. He took the bullet for Freeman when it is on Freeman. A qb late for the game and team bus?!? That’s insane to me. People aren’t seeing it for what it is. Schiano has his flaws and I hope he adapts when it comes to handling players and not treating them like college kids or he won’t last. But if he can keep the team until it comes together I think they will be fine.

  9. bucrightoff Says:

    If only the offense wasn’t such a disgrace the whole league would be talking about this beastly defense.

  10. bucrightoff Says:

    Also there’s some stupidity out there that the Raiders are gonna sign Freeman and make him starter. If they somehow make that catastrophic mistake we should lob em a call to get Terrelle Pryor. Pryor is much better than Freeman right now and has more upside.

  11. Young buc Says:

    People still riding freeman let it go

  12. MadMax Says:

    Free who?

  13. oviedobucsfan Says:

    If only they could get Dquan “MIA” Bowers to show up!!!

  14. Tampabaybuctfan Says:

    @ Tampa Tony

    I am also hopeful that players like Gorrer Johnson & Banks will develop along with Means & Gholston.
    I think he does have an eye for defensive talent…lets hope his choice of Glennon is right also.

  15. NY Buc Says:

    Nice to read a positive spin article. Some will blame Schiano and his coaching staff for Freeman’s regression as a Buc, but Schiano’s group has two of Rah’s draft picks (GMC and Mason Foster) playing the best football of their relatively short careers. Also seeing guys like Martin, David, Barron, Spence and others contribute almost immediately makes me feel comfortable saying Dom + Schiano > Dom + Morris in terms of drafting talent that helps the Bucs now (even if it hasn’t turned into alot of W’s for the team as of yet). I know the past few weeks have been horrible for Bucs fans, but hopefully cooler heads prevail and the coaches and team find a way to turn this thing around.

  16. MadMax..original Says:

    Good grief, now someone is trying to copy my name too….alright. Play it that way Punk!

    ….I’ll be under a new name. And the people that matter will know me.

    Anymore posts from someone as “MadMax” is an imposter…..sad its coming to this 🙁

    Joe, you need to get a forum going where people have user names and passwords.

  17. bucrightoff Says:

    So apparently the Raiders have told Freeman he can walk right in and start. Bucs have gotta offer a 4th to the Raiders for Pryor, he’s better than Freeman right now and has much more upside. With our weapons and his legs the Bus offense would become instantaneously better.

  18. Tampabaybuctfan Says:

    @ NY Buc

    I also welcome not only a positive article but articles that prompt discussions on how to move forward. The Glazers have decided that Schiano is our coach for now….so I’m rooting for him to succeed….not fail….so go the Bucs.
    I am encouraged that we are starting to develop some speed with our offense…..Owusu, Underwood, Page & Demps.
    We look like we are in slow motion sometimes.

  19. White Tiger Says:

    You can try to ignore the obvious, but it keeps coming – great that our defensive guys are showing up – too bad our coach isn’t.

  20. Tampabaybuctfan Says:

    @ White Tiger

    You’re posts are getting old…..we know Schiano/Sully are “under seige”….the article is about Spence & McCoy, not coaching.

  21. Bucnnole Says:

    Watching Pats vs Bengals and watching Chris Jones, who we let walk earlier this year and Wallace Gilberry who we let walk last year, both playing awesome and both with a sack in the first half. Further proof that whoever evaluates talent (DOMINICK!!!!) needs to fired. FIRE DOMINICK!!!!

  22. You go Joe Says:

    LOL @ Bucnnole

    Brother chill out, they haven’t even established anything consistent to go to the dregree of your stupid hatred. 1 sack, when our D line and LBs have been making sacks.

    Oh I forgot we have to be blinded by hatred, Olgetree caught two passes in one game ????? fire Dom!!!!!!!!

  23. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    According to some, Dominik doesn’t know what he’s doing…so your article can’t possibly be correct, Joe. You must’ve misinterpreted Cox’s statements because the “fire everyone” crowd disagrees.

  24. MadMax..original Says:

    @TampabaybuCTfan….get a life idiot! Stop copying other names here.


  25. MadMax..original Says:

    @Tampabaybuctfan…my bad buddy, I thought someone was trying to copy your original name like they did to me…..now that Ive read your posts, you’re you.

    Guess you had to drop that “t” in there like I had to change up mine a little.