Despite record, McCoy churns on to excellence

by Gary Shelton on December 3, 2014 · 0 comments

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You play, that’s all.

You take a deep breath, and you line up, and you run into another offensive lineman. You go after the quarterback. You attack the running back. You try to get not he other side of the offensive lineman. Time and time again. And again.

It doesn’t matter what the scoreboard says. It doesn’t matter what the record says. It doesn’t matter what the stat sheet says. You point yourself at the offense, and you unleash the violence. You fight, and you scrap, and you grind.

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McCoy among NFL's best/JEFFREY S. KING

Next play, you do it again.

This is the world of the Bucs' Gerald McCoy, an excellent defensive lineman stuck in a miserable season. Every week, every series, every play, he finds a reason to compete.

After all, anything else is surrender.

“It’s a tough one,’’ McCoy says of the Bucs’ season. He stands in a hallway at One Bucs Place, spinning a water bottle, addressing the team’s 2-10 record. “Last year was tough, too. But this one is really, really tough. I don’t know why. I can’t say it’s been my most frustrating season, because I've had seasons where I wasn’t playing. At least this year, I”m playing.

“You keep playing, man. In the NFL, whether you’re winning or not, it’s a roller coaster with your emotions. Take Green Bay and New England. The season didn’t start like everyone expected, but they kept playing through adversity. Now they’re among the top teams in the league. You have to keep playing. You have to find a reason to come to work every day.’’

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