Tag:Gerald McCoy
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:19 pm
 

Morris 'wouldn't change anything' about Bucs job

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By Josh Katzowitz

As new Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano continues to add to his coaching staff, former coach Raheem Morris, fired last season, looks back and thinks, well, everything during his tenure was fine.

“I wouldn’t change anything about it,” Moriss told WDAE in Tampa, via sportsradiointerviews.com. “You put yourself in a position of power and you put yourself out there and you want to go out there and want to be great and we had the opportunity and almost pulled it off. I take no ill-will, no negative feelings toward those guys, toward the Bucs organization at all. … Now we’ve separated and I wish those guys nothing but the best.”

In reality, Morris, out of three years in charge in Tampa Bay, had one good season -- in 2010 when the team went 10-6 (otherwise, his record was an unimpressive 17-31). But last season, it was clear the team had plenty of problems, including a lack of discipline and players that seemed to quit toward the end of the year.

"Here's the thing: in order to be a great team in the NFL, coming off a 10-win season, you're not going to surprise anybody anymore," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said during Super Bowl week. "So you're going to get everyone's best. And you can't do the same things if you're going to be great in this league. I learned that from Warren Sapp. You've got to give them something new.

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"I just think our discipline level dropped a little bit. We kind of had the second-year slump coming off a 10-win season and kind of living off that.”

Though Morris said he would be content not to change anything from his three years with the Buccaneers, he also realizes he made some mistakes.*

*If it was me and I had the opportunity to change my Tampa Bay tenure, I would change the mistakes I had made. But hey, that’s me.

“When you get put in those positions, you make more than one mistake and I certainly can tell you I made some mistakes,” said Morris, now the defensive backs coach in Washington. “… With all that being said, those mistakes you have to make in order to go into battle. When you make these calls and go through these things, you believe in them. When you look back, and reflect, if they were mistakes, it’s something you can sit there and deal with, and I do.”

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Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:41 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 7:42 pm
 

Gerald McCoy: Bucs 'lacked discipline' in 2011

McCoy said the Bucs "lacked discipline" in 2011, but expects a bounceback next year. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Gerald McCoy's second season in the NFL wasn't a particularly great one. The defensive lineman, the third-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, played in just six games because of injury, recorded just one sack, and saw the Buccaneers defense fall apart down the stretch after he went down.

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But McCoy, who's moonlighting as a reporter for OCNN this week, sounded pumped about the prospect of new Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano coming to Florida.

"From what I found out, he's well-respected in the coaching circle," McCoy said Thursday. "I got to interview Bill Belichick earlier this week and he told me personally that he's learned a lot of stuff he knows from Coach Schiano. For a coach like Bill Belichick to give my new coach a stamp of approval? You can't ask for anything better than that.

"He's defensive-minded and I'm a defensive player, so that's what I'm looking for."

McCoy also acknowledged that last season's debacle was partially caused by a lack of discipline within the locker room, something that most folks believed happened, especially late in the year.

"Here's the thing: in order to be a great team in the NFL, coming off a 10-win season, you're not going to surprise anybody any more," McCoy said. "So you're going to get everyone's best. And you can't do the same things if you're going to be great in this league. I learned that from Warren Sapp. You've got to give them something new.

"I just think our discipline level dropped a little bit. We kind of had the second-year slump coming off a 10-win season and kind of living off that. But I think we had a wake-up call. We got a new coach, they changed a lot of things and I think we're going to be back."

So was Raheem Morris too friendly with his players? Or just too young to enforce discipline? McCoy didn't go that far, but he did say that the Bucs "lacked discipline" during the disastrous 2011 campaign.

"Yeah, we just lacked discipline in a lot of areas," McCoy said. "That's not to take anything away from [Morris]. I loved what he did. But it's a business and sometimes you have to make business moves and change some things up. I wish him all the best."

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Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:54 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 3:59 pm
 

Madonna seeks to inspire Gronkowski

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By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- If all of us can speculate about Rob Gronkowski’s ankle and whether he can play this Sunday, there’s no reason why Madonna shouldn’t weigh in on the subject as well.

So, when she was asked by a Boston TV reporter at her press conference Thursday if she thought Gronkowski would play this Sunday, she said she hoped he would (“So do I,” the reporter responded). The reporter also asked how she would respond if she suffered a high ankle sprain before her halftime performance.

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“A lot of people would say I’m a masochist,” said Madonna, who's trying to work through a hamstring injury ((seriously). “I would just tape my ankle and say prayers. Take an anti-inflammatory and get my butt out there.”

Here’s hoping Gronkowski draws inspiration from those words.

In other news, a very nervous Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, representing the OCNN, asked Madonna what advice she would give to a young football player who planned on a long career. The answer was uninteresting, but on his follow-up, McCoy asked if he could have a kiss after the press conference.

Madonna sweetly smiled and shook her head. A stunning rebuke on what had been, up until that point, a jovial occasion.


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Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Haynesworth spouting same rhetoric as before

HaynesworthPosted by Josh Katzowitz

With Albert Haynesworth’s first practice complete with his new Buccaneers teammates, he told reporters, including the St. Pete Times, "I’m excited. This is where I should have been like, three, years ago. I think all good things come to somebody who waits."

Forget for a minute that Haynesworth said basically the same thing at the beginning of September when he had just arrived in New England: "To me, it's a career-saving place for me to come. I had no idea it would be like this, but it's unbelievable, and I wish I took two years ago and came here."

The real question is why the Buccaneers -- and, according to PFT, ONLY the Buccaneers -- would put a waiver claim on a guy who’s seemingly still talented but tends also not to give a crap about anything that’s happening around him on the football field.  It’s because, as general manager Mark Dominik told NFL.com, the team was desperate after losing Gerald McCoy for the season with another torn biceps injury.

"If that doesn't happen, this doesn't happen, we don't claim Haynesworth," Dominik said. "The reality, we lost Gerald for the season, we're 4-4 and still in the thick of it, we've lost our last two and we're one game off the wild card. We don't think we're out of it.”

So, the Buccaneers decided to pick up a guy who, as my colleague Ryan Wilson puts it, has “previously shown great skill at lying motionless on the field, and his play in New England rendered him virtually invisible."

Dominik has done his homework on Haynesworth, watching multiple times all 134 of the plays involving Haynesworth this season.

"I saw disruption," Dominik said. "I saw strength, a finisher, a guy with the ability to put a lot of pressure on an offense. He's still able to be a penetrating force. He can hit it and go. I didn't see as much dogging it, but I did see the last play, where he played a 1-gap technique, and I can see why it got them frustrated. He opened up the run lane, and (Brandon) Jacobs walked in the end zone. That said, I didn't see a guy that didn't care. He battled and competed. I think he's worthy of an opportunity."

Apparently, he’s off to a good start. Coach Raheem Morris told reporters that Haynesworth picked up the defensive system quickly. He’s not sure if Haynesworth will play this Sunday, but Morris said Haynesworth could go about 35 plays if need be.

But there’s no doubt Dominik will be watching Haynesworth closely. Because, as we all know, Haynesworth’s previous two places of employment probably wouldn’t give much of a recommendation.

He did have one other interesting comment when speaking to reporters today. He said he didn’t sign with Tampa Bay in 2009 because there was too much water and too much son and he worried he couldn’t focus solely on football after he bought a big boat.
 
It’s a good thing he’s gotten past all those focus issues, eh?



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Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:27 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 5:49 pm
 

Buccaneers claim Albert Haynesworth off waivers

Posted by Will Brinson

On Tuesday, the Patriots made the somewhat surprising decision to release defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. And on Wednesday, Haynesworth was claimed by the Buccaneers off of waivers.

To make room for Haynesworth, the Bucs released the recently-signed John McCargo.

This is shocking because, as we noted recently, there weren't many teams that were a fit for Big Al's style of not trying hard. But it does make sense because the Bucs recently lost defensive tackle Gerald McCoy for the season due to a torn biceps muscle.

This isn't even the first time Tampa Bay's been interested in Haynesworth -- they flirted with the defensive tackle in free agency before Haynesworth decided to sign with the Redskins. (Presumably the whole "more guaranteed money with less guaranteed effort" thing was too valuable to pass up.)

Bucs GM Mark Dominik says he watched "all 134 of Haynesworth's plays with NE twice before putting in a claim" and that he planned on having Haynesworth in for practice as early as Thursday.

"I have had a chance to talk to him already and he was – as you would hope – excited and fired up," Dominik said, via Buccaneers.com. "He asked how soon we could get him a flight because he wants to be in tonight and go to practice tomorrow.  That was very encouraging."

Now Haynesworth joins a defensive line rotation that features young players like Brian Price, and will hope to shore up the Tampa rush defense.

There's upside to be had here, because a big close to the season for Haynesworth could net him another contract with a team. But given that he couldn't even get things going in New England, football's version of the Betty Ford Clinic, it's hard to imagine him playing hard for Tampa now.

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Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:19 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Report: Gerald McCoy lost for season again

G. McCoy apparently has torn his biceps muscle (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For the second straight season, Gerald McCoy, the Buccaneers first-round pick in 2010, apparently has been lost for the year after tearing his biceps muscle.

That’s what players told reporters, including the St. Petersburg Times, and the loss for Tampa Bay -- which played the past two games without McCoy, struggling with a bum ankle -- is a tough one for the Buccaneers defense.

“It’s unfortunate,” cornerback Ronde Barber said. “You hate to see that happen, especially with a young player. We’re a different team without him.”

McCoy was a No. 3 pick in 2010, but, assuming he goes on IR, will have played only 19 games in the first two seasons of his career.

“Hey, stuff like that happens, man,” defensive tackle Brian Price said. “I feel bad for him because he had the same injury last year, just on the other arm. My heart goes out to him because I know how hard it is being on IR. I just hope he gets better.

“We can’t count our losses and be sorry for ourselves. We just have to keep pushing.”

This might be a good good chance for Da’Quan Bowers to get more playing time, but at this point, he’s considered undersized to play much on running downs.

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Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:58 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Gerald McCoy is buddies with Goodell

Smith and GoodellPosted by Josh Katzowitz

After NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith spoke with the incoming rookie class at the NFLPA symposium in Bradenton, Fla., earlier this week, the two decided to catch a little Buccaneers player-led workout action.

And somebody was REALLY happy to see Goodell.

That would be rookie DT Gerald McCoy, who hugged Goodell at the NFL draft and then bear-hugged him again during the practice.

"I don't know how my teammates feel about me right now," McCoy joked to the St. Petersburg Times. "I was his friend before the lockout. I'm not going to not be his friend because of the lockout. … But he was with Smith, so that's a good sign. I'm optimistic about that. When I saw him, I gave him a hug and everybody was like, 'Really?' I don't care. They'll get over it."

Maybe they won’t get over it as quick as McCoy would like, especially after the report by CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman about the stalled negotiations from today -- after all, McCoy was fraternizing with the so-called enemy.

Other than McCoy, it seemed like players kept their distance from Goodell while Smith spent some time with Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman and a few others.

But Buccaneers C Jeff Faine had one hope for Goodell -- that he saw something special while at practice.

"Hopefully what this shows to the owners is there's more to football than money," Faine said. "We're out here on our own dime, out here getting better and hopefully putting on a good product out there for our fans."

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Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Hot Routes 4.13.11: Now with even more sabotage



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • CBSSports.com’s own Mike Freeman, who’s been breaking news like crazy lately, writes that the NFL is trying to sabotage the NFLPA’s draft week events. 
  • Will already told you about the arrest of Titans WR Kenny Britt. Now, Britt has been charged with three counts (including eluding an officer, a felony), and his court date is set for April 19.
  • Although Peyton Manning has been awfully quiet about the birth of his twins, the Indy Star did some digging and found out they actually exist. So, an official Mazel Tov to the Manning family.
  • 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh asked an interesting question of QB Alex Smith: does he have baby deer skin or skin like an armadillo? He thinks the latter. I’m not sure I even knew armadillos have skin. I thought they had scales.

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