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Buccaneer Gerald McCoy: Helping opponent to his feet angered coaches

November 01, 2013|By Sam Farmer
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach Greg Schiano shakes hands with Gerald McCoy before the Oct. 13 game against Philadelphia.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach Greg Schiano shakes hands with Gerald McCoy… (Will Vragovic / MCT )

The wheels officially have come off for Coach Greg Schiano and his 0-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The micro-managing Schiano clearly has lost the locker room, and former Buccaneers defensive end Michael Bennett, now with Seattle, told NFL Network playing for him is "like being in Cuba."

Now this: Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, in an interview with 620 WDAE-AM in Tampa, said assistants Bryan Cox and Randy Melvin got angry at him for helping an opponent to his feet.

"I had my D-line coaches get on to me the other day," McCoy said, via JoeBucsFan.com. "Well, not get on to me, try to get on to me. There’s no way they’re going to get on to me for this. They got upset with me because I helped somebody up [in the game.] So what! I don’t care. Kiss my butt. Listen, if I want to help somebody, I’m going help somebody up. Because right on the next play I’m going to knock him down again. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter.

"That doesn’t change how hard I play. As long as in between the whistles I’m not helping anybody up, it doesn’t matter. So what if I help them off the ground? ‘Good job; we’re out here competing. But as soon as they snap the ball, I’m going to kill you again.’

"There’s nothing wrong with that. Everybody’s not like that. If you don’t want to be like that, keep it to yourself. I don’t care. I don’t go tell them, ‘Hey, you’re not doing this. You’re not doing that.’ I don’t care. Everybody does what they do. If I help somebody up, get over it. Get over it."

Sounding more like Cuba by the day.

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