The Tampa Bay Buccaneers expect big things from Gerald McCoy during the 2013 NFL season, especially after everything he was able to accomplish last year. Not only does the organization expect him to build off his outstanding statistical season but they want him to become a more vocal defensive leader as well.
“I’m not really doing anything differently; just kind of taking on more of the role I’ve been given. I always had somewhat of a leadership role, otherwise your peers won’t vote you as a captain,” McCoy said, according to FoxNews.com
“But THE leader — that spot was left open when (Ronde Barber) left, so I’m just kind of filling in, not doing anything different. Just taking the leadership that I already had to a different level. That’s pretty much it.”
McCoy was selected to his first Pro Bowl last season after he posted a career-high 30 total tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two passes defended in 16 games.
Obviously, his play speaks for itself. However, he must do everything in his power to inspire the defensive line to step up their game and create opportunities for the rest of the players on defense. One way to do this is to consistently get to the quarterback. Even if the defensive linemen are unable to record a sack, something they truly struggled to do last season, at least they can apply pressure to force a bad throw.
Everyone will have to step up their game in order for Tampa Bay to reach the playoffs in 2013. However, the Buccaneers will look to McCoy to get things started once the season begins.