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Gerald McCoy wants to write his own Super Bowl story

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) runs through drills during practice Thursday in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) runs through drills during practice Thursday in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO | Times]
Published Jul. 30, 2018|Updated Jul. 30, 2018

TAMPA — What stands out to defensive tackle Gerald McCoy about all the offseason additions to the Bucs' defensive line around him is the sheer amount of Super Bowl experience gained with Jason Pierre-Paul, Vinny Curry, Beau Allen and Mitch Unrein.

"We brought in four guys who have all played in the Super Bowl, and three of them have won it," McCoy said. "That's a lot of experience, guys who know what to do and how to do it, do it the right way."

New Bucs defensive line coach Brentson Buckner played in 15 playoff games in his career, losing in Super Bowls with the Steelers and Panthers. Curry and Allen won with the Eagles last season, Pierre-Paul won with the Giants in 2011 and Unrein lost with the Broncos in 2013.

McCoy, entering his ninth NFL season, still hasn't played in a playoff game. Still, he said he isn't envious of what his new teammates have been able to do.

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"If anything, it's motivation," McCoy said. "I want to be able to tell my story."

Curry had just one playoff game and no playoff wins in his first five years in the NFL, but helped the Eagles all the way to a championship. Philadelphia went 4-12 his rookie year, then won a division title the next season. He's seen what momentum can do to a locker room.

"My biggest thing is I'm telling everyone: Winning is contagious," Curry said Sunday. "… If you go out there and put your heart on the line and everybody is on the same page, that's really where you get (clicking). That's really where you get 'Damn, that team is fun to watch.'"

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he sees how the influx of talent has created competition that raises the level of the returning players, especially on both lines.

"I think all the guys we brought in … Vinny and Beau and then JPP, I've been impressed with all three of those guys, how they're sharing, especially with the younger guys," Koetter said. "I think it also creates good competition on both the o-line and the d-line. … You've got Donovan Smith vs. JPP, and then over there you've got Gerald McCoy vs. Caleb Benenoch. We've got great competition on both lines, and that's going to make everybody better."

McCoy said he watches documentaries of Super Bowl teams every offseason, listening to players talk about what got them to the sport's pinnacle.

"It motivates me," he said. "It's like, 'Man, I want to experience that. That sounds great.' I'll ask Beau, ask Vinny, ask JPP. 'How was it playing with (Justin) Tuck? How was the Super Bowl?' I love it. I'm still a fan. I love hearing these stories. I'm not envious at all. 'Since you've done it, I need you help me be able to do it. I need you to bring it, so now I can have a story to tell.' That's how I look at it."

Contact Greg Auman at gauman@tampabay.com and (813) 310-2690. Follow @gregauman.


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