Jameis Winston has taken major steps forward in his rookie season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Apparently that comes as no surprise for some of his teammates.
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy praised Winston for his leadership abilities, saying he really doesn’t look or act like a rookie.
“He is as advertised — a great leader,” Bucs captain Gerald McCoy told NFL Media’s Albert Breer. “We tried to slow him down, let him just be a rookie, just be our quarterback. We tried. It didn’t work. He takes over. He can’t help it, it’s in his blood to lead — and to win. You see what he’s done over the last couple weeks. … He’s really starting to understand how to play this game. And being a leader, that’s in his blood. He can’t help it.”
That’s true. Back in June, McCoy was quoted as saying he gave advice to Winston to just be a rookie and not try to do too much. Winston wouldn’t settle for just being a rookie.
Winston entered Week 11 having led the Bucs to four wins in nine games and then broke out with a career-best touchdown passes mark on the road at Philadelphia. He is well on his way to justifying the No. 1 overall pick the Bucs used on him.
When you hear comments from a teammate like this, it makes you wonder what was going through Winston’s mind all those times he got in trouble. Here’s his long list of idiocy and worse from college:
McCoy’s tweet comes on the heels of 49ers offensive lineman Anthony Davis announcing Friday that he will take a year or two away from the game before considering returning to the league. Davis wants to give his brain and body a chance to heal after the beating he’s been taking.
If you look at Davis stepping away to the game on its own it could make some sense, though it still would be surprising. But when you view it in the context of all the Niners’ retirements this offseason, it makes you question what is happening.
In addition to Davis, youngster Chris Borland surprisingly retired, while veterans Patrick Willis and Justin Smith called it careers. Willis and Smith were aging players who had to hang it up eventually, though few saw Willis’ retirement coming. And nobody saw it coming with Borland.
Rather than being suspicious about what is happening with the Niners, maybe we should be pleased that so many players are retiring earlier rather than later since it means they are keeping their long-term health in mind.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost a tough game to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. If their season wasn’t already over (it was), it certainly is now. And according to two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, his teammates are way too content with that.
“I don’t think anybody is upset enough with losing,” McCoy told reporters after the game, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “Every time the game is over we sit here and say, “Oh, they made a play, we didn’t. When are we going to get tired of that?”
The Bucs fell to 1-7 on the season. They had plenty of chances against the Browns, including a 2nd-and-1 situation from the Cleveland 37-yard line with two minutes remaining in the game. Tampa Bay was somehow unable to pick up one yard and turned the ball over on downs.
“I’ve been dealing with this for five years, I’m tired of it,” McCoy said. “You’ve got to get tired of losing, man.”
Offensive tackle Demar Dotson said Bucs coach Lovie Smith made similar comments to the ones McCoy made.
“Lovie was saying, ‘Guys have got to get sick and tired of losing,'” Dotson said. “I think that’s what Gerald was feeding off of. Coach is right and Gerald is right. You’ve got to step up with some pride.”
Many expected Lovie Smith to turn the Bucs into a playoff contender. That’s not going to happen this year.
Gerald McCoy became the highest-paid defensive lineman in NFL history last month, and he showed on Sunday why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers paid him all that money.
McCoy and one of the other Bucs D-linemen ran a twist stunt up front that left center Nick McDonald to handle McCoy 1-on-1. McCoy had so much momentum and power going that he just put McDonald on his back and then turned the lights out on Brian Hoyer for the sack. It was awesome.
McCoy, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 draft, broke out with 50 tackles and nine sacks last season, had two sacks against the Browns to give him five for the year. He also has $51.5 million coming his way thanks to the 7-year, $98 million extension he signed a week ago.
If McDonald had no chance against him, Hoyer was dead meat.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is one of the best in the NFL in his craft. He also happens to be one of the league’s most respected sportsmen. McCoy is known for not only helping his own teammates off the ground after plays, but also opponents. Believe it or not, this is a problem for some people.
Earlier this week, former Bucs offensive lineman Ian Beckles — now a sports talk radio host on 620 WDAE — criticized McCoy for helping opponents up after the whistle blows. McCoy defended himself on Tuesday.
“If anyone has a problem with me helping people up off the field, that’s a personal problem,” the two-time Pro Bowler said, via Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune. “It’s something you have to deal with. If people really pay attention, then you would also notice that when someone on the opposing team gets hurt, most of time there’s one person who walks on the field and says a prayer, and that’s me.”
These aren’t exactly negative qualities. Beckles asked Bucs radio analyst and former NFL tight end Dave Moore if he had a problem with McCoy being friendly with opponents, and Moore said it had no impact on the way McCoy plays. McCoy, who has four children, echoed those sentiments.
“People have families and kids, wives,” he said. “And 10 years down the line … what about that guy who you’re so concerned about how hard he’s going and he can’t play with his kids because he’s out there killing himself? That’s what I’m concerned about.
“On July 15 I had twins. On July 16 I was up here in the rain running gassers and hitting the bags. If you know another person doing that, then you can talk to me about how nice I am.”
Greg Schiano may insist he still has control of his team, but the fact of the matter is there are players in his own locker room who don’t respect or like what he and his coaching staff stand for. If you need evidence of that, look no further than the comments defensive tackle Gerald McCoy made earlier this week.
During an interview with WDAE-AM 620 on Wednesday, McCoy told an interesting story about Tampa Bay’s coaching staff scolding him during the team’s loss to the Carolina Panthers last weekend. According to the former No. 3 overall pick, he irritated them by helping an opponent off the ground.
“I had my D-line coaches get on to me the other day,” McCoy said, as transcribed by JoeBucsFan.com. “Well, not get on to me, try to get on to me. There’s no way they’re going to get on to me for this. They got upset with me because I helped somebody up [in the game.] So what! I don’t care. Kiss my butt.
“Listen, if I want to help somebody, I’m going help somebody up. Because right on the next play I’m going to knock him down again. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter. That doesn’t change how hard I play. As long as in between the whistles I’m not helping anybody up, it doesn’t matter. So what if I help them off the ground?”
Schiano can insist the players on his 0-7 team still respect him if he wants, but I can probably name at least 25 coaches in the NFL whose players know better than to tell the coaching staff to kiss their butt on public airwaves.
“There’s nothing wrong with that,” McCoy continued. “Everybody’s not like that. If you don’t want to be like that, keep it to yourself. I don’t care. I don’t go tell them, ‘Hey, you’re not doing this. You’re not doing that.’ I don’t care. Everybody does what they do. If I help somebody up, get over it. Get over it.”
I’m with McCoy. There’s nothing wrong with helping an opponent up between plays. You can be a human being and still compete at the highest level. That being said, it doesn’t surprise me that the coach with these controversial kneel-down tactics does not want his players extending a helping hand. Schiano is a tough guy, which is why current and former players recently ripped him for wanting to be like Bill Belichick. It’s only a matter of time before he’s fired.
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.