The Buccaneers' have faced harsh criticism all season, especially their players. From free agent acquisitions to anyone with a blown assignment, almost every player has heard something negative said about their play and it sounds like head coach Lovie Smith isn't giving his players a pass anymore.
“I said that coach is just letting guys know that we’re going to do things one way around here: his way," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "He knows his way works and that’s what we’re going to do, bottom line. That’s the head coach. His way he believes works. How I was raised is whoever is in authority, whatever rules they set in place and whatever they have said is what you do. So that’s what I’m preaching and that’s what I’m trying to spread throughout the team."
Countless times this season, it seemed as if the players either do not understand the scheme on both sides of the ball or are trying to do their own thing. That will have to change soon as Smith is looking for more execution out of his players.
"This is our head coach and regardless of what we’ve been going through all season, he’s never wavered," McCoy added. "All he asks is that we follow simple rules and just execute the game plan the way he coaches it – simple as that. That’s really all his message was.”
Former players have chimed in and all seem to all say that the Bucs have not excuted the defensive gameplan like it should be executed. That's evident after seeing players out of position, not hitting their gaps, or in the wrong part of the field.
The season may be at a lost, but there is still time to put a better product on the field and build for better production next season. Time will tell if Smith's latest attempts can put his players on the right track.
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