By Tom Krasniqi
There are so many new faces at One Buc Place with more to come. With a new coaching staff combined with free agency, the Bucs should probably be wearing name tags around the facility.
“It’s like being a freshman in high school,” cracked Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.
Because there’s a new coaching staff in place, the Bucs get some extra days in the offseason workout program. That means more time to get acclimated to new faces and to new systems on offense and defense.
Lovie Smith is installing the Tampa 2 and that should benefit the best player on the Bucs defense— McCoy. Like Warren Sapp before him, McCoy is hoping to become the next great under-tackle. But #93 knows it won’t be an easy transition.
“I talked to Sapp the other day and he said— ‘It’s not going to be easy. You have a lot of work ahead of you,’ “ McCoy said on Tuesday as the Bucs continue OTAs.
In order to get up to speed with the Tampa 2, McCoy and the Bucs have been watching film of Lovie’s Bears as well as the great Bucs defenses of the late 90’s and early 2000s.
McCoy is many things to the Bucs— a great player and person as well as being a leader. He gathered the entire defense around on the first day of the offseason workout program and delivered a speech. The theme of the speech was that defense wins championships— recently proven by the Seattle Seahawks.
McCoy still has goals he wants to accomplish— winning Defensive Player of the Year, getting to the playoffs and eventually the Super Bowl.
2014 also presents an interesting year. Not only is McCoy working under a new coach and new system, he’s also in a contract year. The 2-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro isn’t worried about it and says he won’t hold out.
“When they say report to camp, Gerald McCoy will be there— regardless of what happens,” McCoy proclaimed.
He won’t have to hold out—not that he ever would— because the Bucs plan lock him up to a long term deal. Expect it to happen before training camp.
News & notes:
- The big mystery surrounding the Bucs is what new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford’s offense will look like. New QB Josh McCown didn’t reveal much on Tuesday and says the team wants to keep it that way until Week 1: “That would be the idea.”
- McCown says he learned a great deal from working with quarterbacks like Kurt Warner, Jon Kitna and Jay Cutler.
- The Bucs might be in the market for a QB in the upcoming draft but that’s OK with McCown: “My focus won’t shift.”
- Bucs DE Michael Johnson says he’s been studying tape of former Bucs great Simeon Rice in order to pick up some pass rush moves.
- Bucs RB Mike James (broken ankle) hasn’t been cleared yet for the upcoming minicamp, but he looks bigger. James says he weighs about 232 pounds. That’s up about 4 pounds from his playing weight of last season.
- Former Fresno State QB Derek Carr will visit the Bucs on Wednesday.
- The first minicamp is scheduled for next week.