Frustrated Gerald McCoy: 'I have to do more. I understand that.'
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy left the locker room following the Bucs' 32-18 loss to the New York Giants Sunday night after declining to speak to reporters for probably the first time in his Pro Bowl career.
McCoy, who has four tackles and no sacks in his last three games, two of them defeats, said Monday he is frustrated by his lack of production and knows he is expected to lead a second half turnaround for the 3-5 Buccaneers.
“When I woke up this morning, I was sitting in the bed thinking this frustration I have with myself feels like my first and second year,'' McCoy said. "I haven’t been this frustrated with myself in a while. But I am. There’s not a fan, coach or media member that can be as frustrated with me as I am with myself. I understand that me being a franchise player, I have to do more. I understand that. That’s where a lot of my frustration comes from. That’s where a lot of it came from yesterday. I know I have to be better and I just needed time to cool off.''
McCoy still is second on the team wwith 4.5 sacks. But he hasn't played well since injurying his shoulder in Week 2 at New Orleans and having to sit out one game. Still, much is expected of the Bucs' highest-paid player, who signed a 6-year, 95.2-million contract extension in 2014.
“Yes, I had an injury Week 2 and since I’ve been limited,'' McCoy said. "But hey, it doesn’t matter. Whatever I have to do rehab wise, on the field. In this locker room. At practice. I have to find a way to get it done and I’ve never been one to run from any challenge or not know how to fight through adversity. Just move forward and keep fighting it.
McCoy isn't the Bucs only star who is not living up to expectations on defense. Linebacker Lavonte David, who signed a five-year, $50.25-million contract extension before the start of the season, missed four tackles on Sunday and had a pass interference and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties Sunday.
“Any team throughout the league or sports period, if a team has their best players and if a team is going to make a turnaround or a change or be successful, the best players have to produce,'' McCoy said. "We’re just not doing that right now. It doesn’t change who we are or what we’ve done. It’s just this is a what have you done for me lately league. We understand that, so moving forward, we just have to be better. Don’t lose sight, we’re at the midpoint of the season. There’s eight more of these things to come. They talked about Carolina yesterday. They were what? Three, eight and one and since then they’ve won 12 straight.
“Hey, things can turn around. But as far as myself, there’s a lot more I can do and I promise you I’m putting everything I’ve got into it.''