Meeting beween Gerald McCoy and coaches led to defensive strategy change

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy met with coaches before the Buccaneers' game against the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday. Changes that stemmed from the meeting led to what Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo believes was one of the most physical games he's ever played.

Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy met with Tampa Bay coaches prior to Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys to try and adjust the team's defensive game plan. The coaches allowed McCoy and Bucs' defense to play a more straight-up game, not using as many stunts or shifts as they did against the New York Giants.

The strategy seemed to work as McCoy and defensive end Michael Bennett each sacked quarterback Tony Romo twice. Even though the Cowboys won the game, 16-10, Romo said it was one of the most physical games he's been a part of.

In an interview with Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, McCoy expressed his pleasure at how the defensive coaching staff operates in regards to the players:

"The reason I love them so much is they welcome us with open arms and everybody's door is open whenever we need them. We were allowed to go up there and make requests or talk to them about things. And me, being a captain and defensive lineman, I just went to Coach and made a few requests, sat down a talked about a few things. We discussed what we discussed, and he set up a game plan and it worked for us."

The Bucs hope to keep that intensity up in Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.