Gerald McCoy Should Stop While He's Ahead

Bucs' money man Gerald McCoy has been very vocal as of late. He has called his teammates soft and has said they don't show enough emotion when they lose. After Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons he continued voicing his displeasure.

Bucs' money man Gerald McCoy has been very vocal as of late. He has called his teammates soft and has said they don't show enough emotion when they lose. After Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons he continued voicing his displeasure.

On top of saying that his team is the most undisciplined he has ever been a part of, he thinks there is not enough pride among the players.

"I think we are playing hard. Playing with pride? I don't know," McCoy said. "There are a lot of guys banged up who kept going. I don't know if that's what you mean by [playing with pride], but I really don't have an answer for that."

The 2013 All-Pro also doesn't have answers for his play on the field either. After showing how disruptive he can be in Weeks 1 and 2, he hasn't shown much of the same disruption since. The defensive tackle attributed his lack of production against Atlanta to being double teamed, but in the first two weeks he faced double teams in both games and was disruptive in the backfield.

Things have been noticeably different since the game against Baltimore when McCoy was seen stumbling across the offensive line after being pushed by guard Mashal Yanda on the Ravens first touchdown. Then on their second touchdown, McCoy struggled once again one-on-one with Yanda, this time being stood up at the line after trying to use his arms to break free. That's the same technique he has been using more of lately and it has not worked.

There is a problem when your new $100-million player is quick to call out his teammates when his one to two-tackle performance doesn't warrant his salary. McCoy is just as much to blame for Tampa Bay's 1-8 record as is the team collectively. There is no reason he should get a pass. Sacks are great, but there has to be more out of him than that.

Until then, McCoy should just play football and stop being a quote machine.

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