“He Doesn’t Want Any Arrogant Guys”

May 25th, 2016


Last week, Ronde Barber called Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith the “nicest guy in the history of professional football.”

So Joe figured it would be a good idea to ask Gerald McCoy, a true Mr. Nice Guy, what he thinks of that statement and Smith.

“Coach Smith, man, he’s just a passionate coach,” McCoy said yesterday. “He is just about winning. That’s all he cares about, but he’s big on guys being great teammates.

“He doesn’t want any arrogant guys, he doesn’t want guys thinking they’re above the system, and he doesn’t care who the leader is. He says leaders will emerge, but he cares more about guys being great teammates and them supporting each other. ‘If you see a person doesn’t know, go help him. Don’t be afraid to communicate and realize that we are a family here, so regardless of what happens, we have to stick together.’ But as far as him as a person, he’s a great guy. Great guy. You know, he’s raised his voice probably one – I think the first time I’ve heard him raise his voice was today. But he’s just about winning and that’s really great to see.”

Yes, Smith is only about winning, whereas the last Bucs defensive playcaller, aka Coach My Scheme, was all about winning only if it included adhering to his system.

It’s a subtle difference that should represent a huge positive change.

16 Responses to ““He Doesn’t Want Any Arrogant Guys””

  1. cmurda Says:

    Finally, a defensive coach that is well, a coach.

  2. MadMax Says:

    Im telling you, we’re about to find out what we really have on D! I just hope Mike sticks around for a few years or 3. Ive got a feeling we’re going to love having him as our DC. But if he does leave, I think Mr. Hayes will be next in line.

    Sit back and relax gentlemen, we’ve got some nice things cooking here.

  3. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Outside of terrible 3rd down, red zone conversion rate.

    *Must Improve

    Based off 2015
    • 11 – Int’s ←Need 20+
    • 68 – Passes Defended ← Need 85+
    • 19 – Forced Fumbles
    • 38 – Sacks ← Need 43+
    • 706 – Tackles

    Brent Grimes
    Vernon Hargreaves
    –Should help w/more interceptions and passed defended.

    Defensive Line
    Robert Ayers
    Noah Spence
    –Should help w/ more quarterback pressures, errant throws, forced fumbles, sacks.

    But the one thing that really stands out bruh – is the safety positions.
    I’ve got Luv for – Bradley Mcdougal, but he regressed in 2015.
    So hopefully the change in scheme, and coaching flips the switch.
    But he and Conte have never really been that active in coverage.
    Can they get you at least 6 Int’s and 20 batted passed (between the two)?
    I don’t know – But we’ll find out soon enough.

  4. MadMax Says:

    Thanks for the stats Luv. As always you rule that roost here. What do you think about Ryan Smith? Hopefully he’s a diamond in the rough for us.

  5. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    LCB- Brent Grimes
    SCB- Vernon Hargreaves
    –Should help w/more interceptions and passed defended.

    My bad
    + The reincarnation of RCB – Alterraun Verner *circa 2013

  6. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    No worries brotha – He solid – I can see him begin a good special teams players his 1st year. With some snaps in Dime & Nickel. But we seriously need to bring some one w/experienced – and scheme diverse at safety to challenge these men.

    Donte Whitner (30)
    James Ihedigbo (32)
    Sergio Brown (28)
    Bacarri Rambo (25) <-better than signing a UDFA

  7. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Bacarri Rambo Highlights (Week 10) | Bills vs. Jets | NFL

    Give the kid a chance since Lowdermilk retired

  8. MadMax Says:

    Nice! Is Rambo available? If so, that would be a great signing.

  9. LUVMYBUCS Says:



  10. Uncle Donnie Says:

    I don’t remember Atlanta having dominating defenses with coach Smith was there coach my scheme did in Chicago just saying

  11. TVD Head ball coach Says:

    Not sure why anyone would dog Mcdougald. Nobody beat him over the top last year. Dez Bryant tried and Bradly intercepted. End of game.
    Once more pressure is exerted and the slant is no longer open, you will see the real emergence of Bradley Mcdougald!!!

  12. DB55 Says:

    Def need to upgrade the safety position and with a name like Bacardi Rambo how can you go wrong?

  13. tmaxcon Says:

    Uncle Donnie

    Chicago’s defense was hardly dominant. It had basically 2 good years and lucky for coach my scheme the packers, vikings sucked those two years and another tampa 2 failu (marineli) was working on a 0-16 record with the Lions… coach my scheme inherited a very good defense and hall of fame players that were there and successful long before Lovie got there. Lovie never built anything dominant or that had long term success.

  14. Buccaneers Says:

    How come safety help can’t come from our roster? If you are gonna project our starting corners to be Grimes and VHIII that leaves Verneer and Banks in the background. Both have the skill set to play the free safety position. I expect these players to put the team first and do what’s necessary to help us win.

  15. BigHogHaynes Says:


  16. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    I would send Minnesota a conditional 5th or 6th round pick for S/SS Antone Exum Jr.