Monday, September 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs defensive line had good days against Titans, but not good enough if it aims to be great

NASHVILLE — The Bucs' new and improved defensive line has Pro Bowl players, Super Bowl winners and some high draft picks. But right now, they're more famous individually than collectively.

For two practices, that's also how they played against the Tennessee Titans.

Jason Pierre-Paul slapped around Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan in one-on-one drills. Gerald McCoy split a double-team block during a team period.  Beau Allen stuffed a run. Vinny Curry flushed the quarterback out of the pocket.

But for all of its dominance, the Bucs defensive line still has a lot of jelling to do, according to McCoy.

"For our standards, we didn't win because our standards do not even give people an ounce of thinking they have a chance against us,'' McCoy said of the Bucs' work against the Titans. "And when we don't do that, we don't feel like we've won. That's the standard we've set in our room up front.

"It's not that we didn't practice well. Let me make it clear, it wasn't like we did not practice well or we didn't play well or win a lot of reps. But it wasn't clear enough in our eyes. And when you're working to be the best, when you're working to be No. 1, it should be clear.

"When LeBron James steps on the basketball court, you never wonder if he's the best player in the world. You want to make it clear, and that's what we're working toward. We didn't make it as clear as we would've liked to.''

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