Gerald McCoy on Lovie Smith firing: 'I honestly have no idea what's going on'

The Buccaneers' decision to fire Lovie Smith late Wednesday night stunned Gerald McCoy, the franchise's star defensive tackle. Shortly after the news of Smith's dismissal broke, McCoy spoke with ESPN's Josina Anderson about the team's decision to cut ties with a coach who only just arrived in 2014.

McCoy didn't necessarily seem angry. He didn't rip the organization that drafted him with the third-overall pick of the 2010 draft. Instead, McCoy seemed confused, despondent and, again, stunned.

Here's exactly what he told Anderson, via her Facebook page ...

"I don't know what to think right now. I am at a lost for words. I was just out driving, out getting some gas, and my phone started blowing up. It's 10 o'clock at night. I don't know what is going on. I've always loved Lovie. He's always been great to me and my family. I've never had a bad thing to say about him. I'm just at a loss for words. I honestly feel bad for my coach. This is unexpected. I never expected this."

"I honestly have no idea what's going on, or why it's happening. Next year will be my seventh year and now my fourth coach. I was liking what was going on. Coach has always been great to me even before he was my coach. He was the coach of one of my mentors, Tommie Harris. I had an opportunity to meet him and he has always been a great guy. As a coach, I don't see a better guy to play for."

A couple key quotes ...

  • "I honestly have no idea what's going on, or why it's happening."

  • "I don't see a better guy to play for."

And, as McCoy pointed out, he's now onto his fourth coach since 2010.

McCoy's reaction shouldn't come as a surprise. When the Bears fired Smith after the 2012 season, many of the players seemed devastated by the news. Devin Hester even considered retiring. And, McCoy wasn't the only Buccaneers player feeling down, as some of his teammates voiced their displeasure on Twitter.

What a night.

Gerald McCoy was 'at a loss for words' after hearing about Lovie Smith's dismissal. (USATSI)
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Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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