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Bucs players believe no coaching change needed



Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said everything was business as usual Monday morning, nothing to suspect a coaching change was about to occur.

And McCoy, a team captain, says he'd be upset if coach Greg Schiano were fired, believing the team is on the right path.

"We've got the perfect formula to win championships here," McCoy said. "It takes time."

McCoy said Schiano has done a "bang-up job" since arriving, having to clean up a mess after the 2011 season, the last in Raheem Morris' tenure. McCoy, who ended that season on injured reserve, said he could sense players giving up towards the end.

"There was no give up" this year," McCoy said.

McCoy said Schiano was the most consistent thing in the building this year, never wavering despite all the "nonsense" going on outside. Linebacker Jonathan Casillas said the off-the-field distractions (MRSA, Josh Freeman saga) affected the team more than they let on, and that the team felt "lost" during an 0-8 start.

"We're a physically, mentally just beaten down," McCoy said.

McCoy said what hurt the Bucs is inconsistency, and how sometimes players would try to make plays instead of playing within the defensive schemes.

Other stuff from the final open lockeroom:

*McCoy, entering the final year of his contract, said he's unsure if the Bucs will reach out to him to work out a long-term contract. He said he's going to just spend time with his family this offseason, focus on that.

*WR Mike Williams, who had hamstring surgery, said he started to run last week, and is feeling good towards his recovery.

*WR Vincent Jackson, a team captain, declined to speak with the media.



[Last modified: Monday, December 30, 2013 11:43am]


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