Bucs' defensive tackle Gerald McCoy went off on Thursday during his press conference. Whether it was because of the negative feedback he has received for helping a Ravens' player up from the ground, the time off during the bye week, or the conversation he had with Warren Sapp, McCoy did not hold any words back on Thursday.
"We just [have to] be tougher," McCoy said. "I'm just going to say it, everybody. We [have to] be tougher, mentally and physically. A lot of times you look on tape where guys are just sitting on blocks. Why? A lot of times where guys are just holding up blocks. No, move them out of the way. Get open. If you're a corner, get off the block. Come help out. If you're supposed to drop at 10 yards, then drop at 10 yards. Don't drop at eight. It's just mentally and physically we have to get tougher. It's not coach Smith. It's us."
The Bucs' captain continued and said how he really felt when asked if that would be a speech to fire up the team.
"I've been hearing talking for five years, we've done enough talking. It's time to play. Simple as that," McCoy said emphatically. "I've given speeches, Lavonte [David] has given speeches, Vincent Jackson has given speeches, Josh McCown has given speeches -- it's enough talking. It's time to start playing. Simple as that. The talking is not going to get it anymore. I've been hearing talking and speeches for five years, it's time to start seeing action. Simple as that."
When asked if he was referring to his defense as being soft, McCoy made sure he got the message across loud and clear.
"If you look out there on tape and you see a bunch of guys sitting on blocks, are you not earning the title of being soft? Guys get so sensitive around the league but we have to be men. This is a man's league," he said. "We're professionals and guys have issues with criticism -- I've been getting criticized since I've been in the NFL and don't even feel it anymore. It is what it is. We have to accept what happened like I did last week. If you didn't have a good day at the office just say that."
During Wednesday's press conference, head coach Lovie Smith also looked to be a bit agitated with several questions pertaining to the team. The easiest way to deter or not hear those questions is with victories but at 1-5, there have been a lot of excuses as to why the team is where it's at.
And McCoy wants nothing to do with any of the excuses.
"I don't think we're doing enough of [fixing the problems]. We're making too many excuses," McCoy said. "There's always a reason why this is happening or this isn't happening, it has to stop. We just have to say 'OK I did this wrong, I didn't win that one. I have to win the next one. And I have to win the one after that.' [If] you're winning 70 percent of your battles, you have a shot to win. Simple as that."
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