"When they say report to camp, Gerald McCoy will be there regardless of what happens," McCoy said per the Tampa Bay Times. McCoy also told the paper he can't wait to play in the Bucs' new version of the Cover-2 defense.
"It's definitely going to be different," McCoy said. "We're playing the old-school, traditional Tampa 2 defense, and all we've been watching is old Chicago tape when (new Bucs coach Lovie Smith) was there. When (the Bucs) were in their prime, from 1996 to 2002, we've been watching all that tape because that's when the Tampa 2 was really thriving and took over the league. I'm excited about it."
“In an ideal situation, you do a great job of drafting players and then you reward your players that have come up through the system and done it the right way," Smith said. "The first guy to contact me when I was sitting in my basement down there in Chicago was Gerald McCoy. [He said], ‘I can’t wait to get started.’ I followed him at the University of Oklahoma, his career that he had here, and for our defense, and there’s a reason why.
"He’s a guy that we definitely want around for a while, to say the least.”
New general manager Jason Licht thinks the
“We have a lot of core players on this team that I am very excited about — (defensive tackle)
The Bucs, who finished 4-12, ranked 17th in total yards allowed and 21st in points allowed in 2013. New head coach Lovie Smith is a respected defensive mind who should mold this unit into a force.
The NFL unveiled the roster for the 2014 Pro Bowl Friday, the first in league history with selections determined with regard to conerence. The defensive Pro Bowl selections, as chosen by fan vote as well as coaches and players, are broken down by position as follows, with the teams to be selected Jan. 22 via televised draft.
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||28||22.0||6||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||11||10.0||1||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||30||23.0||7||5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||50||35.0||15||9.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||0||0||1||12||1||0|
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