Jameis Winston asked McCoy to be a different leader for Bucs
Today's Times already has a story on Gerald McCoy supporting Jameis Winston's role as a team leader, and that storyline continued Wednesday afternoon, as McCoy said that Winston had a private conversation with him about the kind of leader the Bucs need him to be.
"People ask, 'Well, Gerald, what type of leader are you?' Whatever type my team needs me to be," he said. "Me and Jameis had a private conversation about what he feels like this team needs me to be as a leader. I'm not going to say, but I think it will be obvious when it happens, because you guys are used to doing things a certain way."
Does this mean a more vocal McCoy? Winston was the man in the middle of the pregame huddle as the season progressed last year, and this could mean you see a more demonstrative, enthusiastic McCoy, compared to the lead-by-example, quiet voice he's been much of his career.
"That's going to change. The face of the franchise came to me and said 'Hey, listen. If we're going to win, we need you to do this. OK?'" McCoy said. "My quarterback said this is what he needs, so it's what I'm going to do. If he feels like that's what our team needs in order for us to win, who am I to tell him, 'No, I'm not going to do that.' I want to win, too.
"He's an intelligent guy, young or not. Very mature, very intelligent. He sits back and watches and analyzes, and he's seen something he feels like I can do to help this team be better. It's not hard to do. It's just a matter of me just doing it."
McCoy said he's happy to pass the baton of leadership to Winston, knowing that in this league, having a successful quarterback as a team leader usually speaks well of the team's overall success.
"I love Jameis, man," he said. "He's like my brother. I referred to him as the face of the franchise, because he is. When they show commercials of the Bucs, they're not showing Gerald. They're showing Jameis. That's for a reason, and I'm happy about that. If your quarterback is the face of your franchise, usually that tags to winning or going in a positive direction. I'm excited about it."