“We Have All The Pieces In Place”

August 22nd, 2016

McCoyright2Gerald McCoy recently talked about winning and coaching changes.

Of course, Joe was listening as McCoy hopped on PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio with ProFootballTalk.com guru Mike Florio.

McCoy says the Bucs are a well-stocked cupboard and primed to stop losing.

“We have all the pieces in place, I believe.” McCoy said.

He want on to say every NFL team has a weakness, but “the good teams and great teams” have a way of making up for deficiencies by playing as a unit.

Asked about how this year is a different animal than the past five consecutive NFC South basement finishes, McCoy said it’s about teamwork.

“They’re making us play as a unit,” McCoy said of Dirk Koetter and defensive coordinator Mike Smith.

McCoy noted Smith’s way takes players to another level.

“He loves the game so much. He makes you want to learn the defense and want to play harder, and really go out there and win,” McCoy said.

Of course, those stuck in the past can try to read between lines and compare this kind of talk to the Lovie Smith era. Joe’s too tired for that today.

Joe does know, thought, that the Bucs are light on excuses this season, except for it being Year 1 of a new regime, which was the case in three of the past seven seasons.

14 Responses to ““We Have All The Pieces In Place””

  1. D-Rome Says:

    If GMC believes all the pieces are in place then it should show Friday night. Friday night is supposed to be the so-called “dress rehearsal” for the regular season.

  2. Buccfan37 Says:

    I’m buying all that GMC.

  3. BucfanBF Says:

    I agree D-Rome, I want to see this team play with urgency and together. Want to see our kicker stop missing his kicks.
    Want to see the D-Line get some pressure /sacks. Want to see our 2nd tier wide outs catch the ball.
    This is as close to a regular season game we see during the preseason. It is a home game so let’s bring it all together guys!!
    You have a fan base ravenous and we want to see improvement.
    Go Bucs!!

  4. Defense Rules Says:

    I agree with GMC … the Bucs have the pieces in place to have a winning year. The biggest potential weaknesses that I see right now from a personnel standpoint are (1) safety and (2) WR. (Ya, that assumes Roberto will get it together before the real season starts). Our coaching staff is as good as anyone’s this year. But as a team, the Bucs are still young and inexperienced in many positions, and there’s still lots of learning to be done (evidence Kwon’s hit out of bounds on Bortles on Sat night). Still think the Bucs will surprise a lot of folks though and have a winning season for a change.

  5. The Buc Realist Says:

    I want to see how they hold up to a good running team as well!!! They are a little susceptible to big running team due to their smaller size!!! I find it very interesting that all the tires that they have been kicking on free agent DT have all been Huge DT that strengths are to run stuff!!!

  6. LakeLandBuc Says:

    All 32 teams in the NFL are saying the exact same thing. Doing it on the field and saying it is two different things.

  7. Bucsfanman Says:

    On a side note, without GMC in the lineup Saturday, that d-line looked ordinary.

  8. 813bucboi Says:

    @Lakeland…I agree…GO BUCS!!!!

  9. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Another last place finish is not tolerable. I know most Buccs fans are OK with finishing behind the Panthers….NOT ME. I don’t care what the prognostications say, we must take them down, especially if we want to get back to winning championships. Our mindset has to me, the only way to make the playoffs is to win the division this season (or any season).

    Can’t rely on the Wild Card to get us in when the NFC has gotten stronger. Division or bust. Goal (at minimum) is to go 4-2 in the division ( a win plus vs. every team)…. .500 or better on the road, and at least 5-3 at home (more like 6-2 in order to win our division at the least). Nothing is easy, I realize, but have to get the mentality that Jameis preached this offseason, and come out physical, focused, hungry, and ready to dominate every snap possible.

    No more feeling sorry for ourselves, no more excuses for penalties, lack of effort, and people not doing their jobs as a collective unit. A new era begins soon, and with that, a Championship mindset!

    Go Buccs!!!!

  10. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Browns are said to have developed a deep passing threat with RG3’s improvement. Will the Bucs pick it off?

  11. LargoBuc Says:

    The Bucs need to stomp RG3. He is not good. The o line is not good except for Joe Thomas. Their best playmaker is a TE names Gary Barnidge. Seriously, this defense needs to pitch a shutout, beat a bad team coming into our house. As for the offense, Jameis needs to be ready, none of this starting slow garbage. Get the run going. Seriously, they got Danny Shelton at NT and two scrubs at MLB. I will be seriously concerned if we don’t beat up on the Browns in our house.

  12. destinjohnny Says:


  13. Brent bull/buc Says:

    I think 7-9. That would be decent with our schedule. I hope preseason games are a mirage cause we looked weak or mediocre so far. Only bright side is our backups have held their own.

  14. jo_mama Says:

    I am so sick of his mouth.

    I am sick of this team.

    The redskins game last year is still a sore spot for me.

    winning 24 nothing and then losing is pathetic