McCoy meeting with Schiano and plea for fewer stunts worked
Prior to the Bucs game at Seattle three weeks ago, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy met with coach Greg Schiano and made a simple request: give us more chances to come straight off the ball and rush the passer.
The Bucs defense under Bill Sheridan is well known for it's array of defensive line stunts and blitzes. Since that meeting, McCoy has four sacks, including three in Sunday's 41-28 win over Atlanta.
"Since Seattle until yesterday, I think it's showing with me getting one-on-one and how much pressure I'm getting on the quarterback and the opportunties they're giving me,'' McCoy said.
On Sunday, McCoy killed the Falcons first series with back-to-back sacks of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.
"Coach tells us, if you've got any issues, especially the leaders, if you've got anything you think can help, then come tell me,'' McCoy said. "That's why I love coach. His door is open any time. I send him a text or call him and say, "Hey coach, we need to meet.' He says, "Come see me.' He's never opposed to it. He's open-minded and he's not always, "No, it's my way.' He's open to any ideas we have because this is his second year as an NFL head coach and he said he's learned more from players than any coach he's ever been around because we're the ones that are out there. His door being open. I just went up there, sat down and we discussed it.''