“Tampa Bay Buccaneers Track Team”

April 25th, 2015

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Earlier this week, Gerald McCoy told Joe and other local scribes about doubling down on his intense offseason workouts.

But he expanded on that to his hometown newspaper, The Oklahoman.

The face of the Buccaneers explained that Lovie Smith’s defensive philosophy drove him to kick things up a notch, as did a desire to succeed as a leader.

“Whether it’s the Chicago Bears or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it should’ve been the Chicago Bears track team or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers track team, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” McCoy said. “Because all we do is run, run, run. That’s what the Tampa 2’s about. You run, run, run and when you’re tired, you run some more.”

McCoy said he expects to see his work pay off this season.

“At the end of the game, when you’re in a two-minute drill, somebody has to step up. You can’t say, ‘Oh, I was tired.’ You don’t have a chance to be tired,” McCoy said. “We need somebody to make a play. At those times, people look to me to be that guy and that’s all I’m trying to be.

“If you’re in top physical shape, you don’t have to worry about that. Fatigue is not an issue. You can focus on what you have to get done. That’s what I’m trying to do, take away something so I can focus on something else. If fatigue is not an issue, that means I can put focus onto what pass-rush move I’m going to use, what offense I’m facing, helping the guy next to me.”

This intrigued Joe. It almost implies that McCoy wasn’t as prepared physically as he wanted to be last season. And how could he have been? Lovie came in as a new head coach with a fresh set of demands.

Joe hopes others have followed McCoy’s lead, and Joe expects McCoy might be spiritually uplifted by not being around the likes of disinterested Michael Johnson.

32 Responses to ““Tampa Bay Buccaneers Track Team””

  1. Kevin Says:

    Glad to hear McCoy is being a true leader.

    Can’t wait to see the defense flourish this season with Mike Glennon leading the team to a 7-0 start to the season!

  2. Pickgrin Says:

    The cutting of Michael Johnson = Spiritual Upliftment. LOL

  3. DraftJameis Says:


    Nobody cares about your Madden franchise.

  4. grafikdetail Says:

    with a new $100 Million dollar contract extention & being the face of franchise i’m confident he doesn’t have worries of being cut to motivate him

  5. Bucs Number One Fan Says:

    Put Jamies Winston behind center and get this team fired up!

  6. Jacko101 Says:

    Winston can’t run run run

  7. Ralph Phillips Says:

    This coming from the guy who had 82% of his sacks in the first half last year. He has not had a sack in the 3rd quarter in two years. He only had 1.5 sacks in the second half last year. A guy who has only finished 2 out of 5 seasons. Yeah, tell us more about how ““At the end of the game, when you’re in a two-minute drill, somebody has to step up.” because it sure is not you, Mr. Gerald McCoy.

    Someday, somebody is going to have to explain why he is worshiped so much.

  8. Dick2111 Says:

    The Tampa 2 defense has always been based on speed and quickness and endurance it’s looked like. In other words, players need to be in extraordinary physical condition to thrive in the Tampa 2. Ronde Barber is a prime example.

    Probably not unlike the demands of Chip Kelly’s offense up in Philly … it also puts a premium on physical conditioning.

    I’d venture to say that Gerald McCoy has been at or near the top of the best physically-conditioned Bucs since being drafted. But now he’s seen what it takes to be successful with the Tampa 2, and he’s kicking it up a notch. Fantastic! Hope all of his teammates do the same.

  9. port richey george Says:

    dante fowler jr. florida gator edge rusher that jon gruden has stated is the best defensive player in the draft can run run run…
    he has visited one buc to meet the coaches several weeks ago.
    he is projected as a top 5 pick. he will meet the bucs need of a good pass rusher. Winston is slow slow slow and can’t throw throw throw.

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    Yes but where is McCoy in the 4th quarter of every game?


  11. ndog Says:

    Port richey so the guy that had 8 sacks last season (3 in one game vs the great East Carolina) is going to do more than that in the NFL? Have you heard of drafting production? You see Jameis Winston actually produced but as a Gator fan you wouldn’t know what that looks like would you? See its people like that draft Mike Mamula over Warren Sapp.

  12. MadMax Says:

    Bingo 87…..tired, as was the rest of the defense. Hopefully JW gives them more time to rest. And unless we go D with our 2nd or 3rd, this will be the second year in a row that D was ignored a top pick status.

    This is why I dont mind using some of next years picks to trade up. Get the QB, spend your 2nd pick with a trade up on SS/LT, and while keeping our 2nd and 3rd, go after DE and another G (Ali Marpet)…..the draft is deep at DE, but we do have a few. SS we dont, as well as LT.

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    “Get the QB, spend your 2nd pick with a trade up on LT”

    That’s the drum I’ve been banging.

  14. ndog Says:

    Just a little knowledge for you Fowler folks. Over the 24 games Fowler has started, he has averaged .5 sacks per game IN COLLEGE. Yeah that’s worth a #1 overall pick.

  15. MadMax Says:

    Id rather have Nate Orchard in the bottom half of the 2nd than Fowler.

  16. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Agreed mad max,I believe time will prove him to be the best rusher inn this class.

  17. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Ralph Phillips Says
    “This coming from the guy who had 82% of his sacks in the first half…”

    You are a complete idiot, you know that? First, he’s increased his workouts to make himself better in the second half, you twit.

    Second, the guys has 9+ sacks two years in a row.

    Why don’t you go troll somewhere else?

  18. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    And maybe there was a reason he was tired in the second half of games…like because of the offense keeping him in????

    God, between you and ’87…

  19. LargoSamIM Says:

    From what I see, there are two heavily. tremendously OVER-HYPED atheletes in Tampa Bay – Gerald McCoy AND Evan Longoria. I mean, both are GOOD players – but not more than that. But, if you think about it, what do you expect in Tampa ? I mean- with the quality of the other players – yes, they SEEM LIKE superstars ! but no way – just better than average – BOTH !!

  20. Buc1987 Says:

    Bonzai….I love you …man.

  21. foghead407 Says:

    Can gmc stay healthy this year? His knee looked like it wanted to snap in one of the last games then sat himthe rest. Idk makes me think hes gonna.start falling apart early in.his career. Maybe im wrong but seems he gets injured like every 3 weeks

  22. cmurda Says:

    H Steven Stamkos. How are you? Would love for you to show up. Sorry. Frustrated.

  23. jfat Says:

    Leave it to the JBF commenters to take a positive article as an opportunity to bitch and complain. If you can’t be happy about any part of this team or anything its players are doing to improve…find another team, miserable pricks.

  24. BuccaneEric Says:

    87, LT with second pick. I hear ya!!!!!

  25. Firethecannons Says:

    @largosam… McCoy is an absolute monster. The dude has to fight thrrough triple teams at times and is still applying pressure. To have someone like him on our dline is a blessing. I don’t even want to think what our dine would look like if he wasn’t on it…

  26. A Gator that loves the Bucs Says:

    I dream of a better world. One where all Bucs’ fans could get along and chickens could cross the world without people asking why.

  27. WS99 Says:

    I remember when I dropped 15lbs I was an even beast than before. Best wishes to McCoy I hope he plays up to his expectations.

  28. A Gator that loves the Bucs Says:

    I have been 6’0″ and between 165 and 175 since I was 17 and that was 32 yrs ago. Of course I have always been in a profession that you must be in shape or you can’t exist. I have friends that have weight issues but I know that it is mostly discipline. Kudos to people with slower metabolisms that keep it under control.

  29. WS99 Says:

    I meant when warren sapp lost 15lbs , lol.

  30. Bucball03 Says:

    Mario Alford please!!!!!

  31. MadMax Says:

    Hey jfat, you’re welcome to go find another team too where its loving fans are happy and only post positive thoughts every day. Go try the Packers and Patriots you nimwit! In the mean time, feel free to skip over the names of fans/posters like myself with healthy criticism and discussing problems with this team. A few go overboard yes, but not all of us.

    Are you a new fan w/o much knowledge? Havent been following the Bucs the past 4 years of our horrible seasons? If so, you’re excused.

  32. Ray Rice Says:

    Aunt Geraldine says: “At the end of the game, when you’re in a two-minute drill, somebody has to step up. You can’t say, ‘Oh, I was tired.’ You don’t have a chance to be tired.”

    So what’s your excuse for disappearing after the 1st quarter Whodini Geraldini?