Friday afternoon wasn’t anything new for Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.
The three-time All-Pro will enter his seventh season next fall playing under his fourth head coach. Getting a shot leading the Buccaneers back to prominence this time will be last year’s offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
Going through the dismissal and hiring process isn’t enjoyable, McCoy said Friday afternoon during Koetter’s introductory press conference at One Buc Place, but it helps that the franchise stayed in-house this time around.
“No, it’s never easy because everybody does things different,” McCoy said. “This one’s easier than most because I’ve got to be around Coach Koetter for the entire season. I kind of know the type of guy he is, so this one will be a little bit easier than most.”
McCoy was one of a small handful of Bucs players in attendance Friday, including tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile. While many went to Twitter and other social media outlets to express their shock and disappointment when Tampa Bay decided to axe Lovie Smith after two seasons, McCoy said players are supportive of Koetter’s promotion.
“I think just from the chatter I’ve heard from my teammates that everybody’s excited and they feel like we got the right guy. If we were going to replace Coach Smith we picked the right person. He won’t have to worry about what’s going on internally. He definitely will have support from us.”
During Koetter’s time at the podium Friday, the first-time NFL head coach was asked if he considers himself a player’s coach. Koetter, while describing himself as a “football coach,” said that’s a question better answered by the guys in the locker room and McCoy did just that.
“I heard the question, ‘Is he a player’s coach?’ He said ask the players, I’ll answer: Yes he is. Great person overall, more than just being a great coach. So I’m excited for the future and it’s going to be fun.
“You don’t ever have to wonder or question with Coach Koetter; he says exactly how he’s feeling whether you like it or not,” McCoy added. “That’s what’s necessary. This is the National Football League. We’re grown men, we’re professionals, you’ve got to have tough skin. If he tells you something you don’t like, I don’t think he’s telling you because he doesn’t like you, he’s telling you because it’s necessary to help us win. That’s going to be huge for us.”
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Surprised there’s not more players present, but it was short notice. Gerald mcCoy is most definitely a team player and a leader.
Any players who posted on any social media site saying they were shocked to see Lovie fired need to take a long look in the mirror.
Disappointed I understand, but shocked I don’t.
When did 8-24 become acceptable for job security in any sport.
Theose players expressing shock need to wake up fast and realize the NFL stands for Not For Long is you are 8-24.
8-24 is not acceptable football so if you were shocked by his firing, you either need to find a new career or start working a lot harder and getting and edge to your game because you are one of the reasons this team keeps floundering.
Amen brother! Well said!! Especially if you’re one of the many offenders of the record setting penalty’s over the last two years.
drdneast; how did you feel when Dirk talk about his “gut feel”?
Many times over the years I’ve hear players comment about just wanting the truth from their coaches. Too often it seems, they too have to hear coach speak and BS. At least Coach Koetter gets it. Refreshing.
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