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Bucs Gerald McCoy speaks at Pro Bowl-does not “mince words”

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Wednesday was the first day of “practice” (or whatever resembles practice) for the 2018 Pro Bowl upcoming Sunday in Orlando, and Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was making news, and making fun video, too.

First the news, McCoy spoke candidly and bluntly, about the Buccaneers 2017 disappointing season that finished at 5-11, in a radio interview with WDAE- 620 a.m. in Tampa.

Among things that McCoy addressed was the Tampa Bay defense self inflicting and failing on attention to detail:

“Whether it was preparation. How guys prepared. How guys played,” McCoy said. “We just shot ourselves in the foot a lot with penalties and mental errors. And then there were times where we just got beat as a team. The team was just better than us”

On the subject of leadership, McCoy again took responsibility, “I think myself and Lavonte (David), we take a lot of blame for that. Not doing enough in the room or at practice. If this thing is going to change, we need to take this thing over and make sure it changes.”

The entire interview can be heard on through this link:

Clearly, McCoy is being a leader and deflecting blame of other players short comings and also failures by the Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith and his coaching staff to correct problems, as they continued. The Buccaneer defense was last in the NFL on 3rd down and near the bottom in several other categories last season.

Onto, the rest of Wednesday, where the now six time Pro Bowler was named one of the captains for the NFC squad for the match-up at Camping World Stadium.

McCoy then showed some of his lighter side in this exclusive video released Wednesday night from Buccaneers.com, where he was also wearing a mic during the Wednesday workout:

In addition to clowning with his NFC teammates, you do see something interesting: McCoy being handed the ball, as a running back in a slow speed drill.

That is something the Buccaneers have toyed with in practice before, and even lined him up previously, in coach Dirk Koetter’s offense, as a goal line formation full back during a game.

However, he’s never actually been handed the ball in a game.

Could we see that Sunday night in the All-Star game setting? Maybe.

One thing is for sure, you won’t find a nicer, fun loving player, and more accountable guy than Gerald McCoy.

He demonstrated all of that, again, Wednesday.

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