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#pounditSunday, December 4, 2022

Gerald McCoy: Patriots Moved Too Fast

The New England Patriots schooled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-14 in the second week of the preseason Thursday night. The game doesn’t mean much, but it was a good learning experience for the young Tampa Bay squad. They were outscored 28-0 in the first half and got shredded by New England’s first-team offense. Former third overall pick Gerald McCoy joked about the beat down after the game, saying the big problem was the tempo of the Pats’ offense.

“Man, I’m telling you man, they came out, they’d turn around huddle, snap, oh, ‘There’s the Mike, Go!’ I was like, ‘Dang! Um, Mr. Brady, can we line up?'” McCoy joked. “[Brady] didn’t care. He was like, ‘You’re not going to line up.’ When we turned around one time I checked back around and my hand was going to the grass and they were like, ‘Hut!’ And I said, ‘Noooooooooooo!’”

McCoy can afford to joke because it’s only the preseason. Moreover, he says the game was a good learning experience for the Bucs and it will help prepare them for the future. Maybe that is the case, but I’d much rather be on the winning end of a beat down, even if it is the preseason.

Tampa Bay has a good team and I believe in Josh Freeman, but they’re due for a regression this year against a tougher schedule.


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