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McCoy: Bucs needed better execution late



TAMPA -- Gerald McCoy got his team-leading eighth sack Sunday against the 49ers, but a day after the Bucs' 33-14 loss, he was focused on other close misses -- too late on some plays, too early on another.

McCoy and the defensive line couldn't bring down Colin Kaepernick on two key third-down conversions in the fourth quarter, and he also lamented an offsides penalty that negated an interception -- and potentially a touchdown return -- by linebacker Lavonte David.

"At the end of the game, we've got to execute," McCoy said Monday. "I think we didn't execute well. In the end it was a collective effort, just the calls we were put in and then really just the players just executing. It's a very fine line in the NFL when you're playing guys who are equally as talented or more talented. The margin of error is zero, so you've got to be almost perfect."

McCoy has found proud success this season in being able to create pressure on opponents to set up big plays for David, so it was difficult to look back on a costly penalty that negated his interception in a game in which the Bucs defense uncharacteristically had no takeaways.

"One thing I pride myself on is protecting that guy, and when he makes a play that big, it (stinks)," McCoy said. "That's what we were talking about when we came in the locker room. I can't allow that to happen. (Former Bucs DT Warren) Sapp told me 'The great ones don't allow quarterbacks to think they can get you offsides.' I think he said he went seven years without an offsides penalty. Granted, he's a Hall of Famer, but it makes sense."

McCoy has eight sacks this season and said he'd like to finish the year with 10, with games remaining at St. Louis and New Orleans to reach the mark.

"That is a personal goal of mine, I will tell you that," McCoy said. "It's going to be tough to get.''

[Last modified: Monday, December 16, 2013 8:05pm]


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