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By Tom Krasniqi
One of the few bright spots in an otherwise disappointing season for the 3-9 Buccaneers has been the play of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. The fourth year man out of Oklahoma is getting it done on the field and talks a good game off it.
McCoy leads the team in sacks with 6 but like the rest of the team, he’s coming off a bad game in Carolina. McCoy did not register any stats against the Panthers and he’s not happy about it.
“We got to play better,” McCoy said after Wednesday’s practice.
The Bucs were building some momentum before their 27-6 loss at Carolina last Sunday. With four games left in the season, McCoy wants to finish strong and he’s hoping the entire team follows suit.
“Last four weeks—we got to turn it up,” McCoy opined. “We’re not going to the playoffs…that’s a fact. So what? Are we going to lay down or are we going to finish up strong? We have four more weeks to leave our mark on 2013. What are we going to with it? It’s up to us.”
It’s that type of passion that you have to love about McCoy. He is an engaging personality who doesn’t pull any punches off the field. But don’t let his nice guy demeanor fool you. On the field, he’s a fierce competitor who will give everything he has--even though the Bucs are out of playoff contention.
“I truly believe with everything in my heart we can win these last four games,” McCoy stated. “We can go 4-0 in our last four games…..we just have to go do it.”
McCoy is a guy who doesn’t lack in confidence. But before you can win four straight, they need to win one. The 4-8 Bills come to town on Sunday and McCoy will not check out anytime soon.
“Never,” McCoy said defiantly. “I had two season-ending surgeries. I’m never going to check out. I’m going to play as much as I can because I’ve seen two seasons taken from me. It’s happened so I’m never going to quit.”
As far as the Wednesday injury report for the Bucs, WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring), RG Davin Joseph (knee) and LG Carl Nicks (foot) did not practice. CB Darrelle Revis (chest/shoulder) and DT Akeem Spence (wrist) practiced fully. Head coach Greg Schiano stated that Jackson and Joseph were getting rest days.
The Bills are relatively healthy heading into this week’s game. DT Kyle Williams (Achilles) did not practice on Wednesday. He was the only player listed on Buffalo’s injury report.
News & Notes:
BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers began their first practice of the week beginning to install the game plan for their match up on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Here is what the Bucs had to say following practice.
Buffalo Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone
Buffalo Bills QB E.J. Manuel
TAMPA, FL (Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications Release) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed linebacker Danny Lansanah from the New York Jets’ practice squad.
Lansanah (6-1, 255) entered the league as a college free agent with Green Bay in 2008. He played in five games with the Packers as a rookie, recording two special teams tackles. He has been with the Jets for the first 13 weeks of this season. Lansanah will wear No. 51 for the Buccaneers.
A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Lansanah played collegiately at the University of Connecticut, starting 34-of-45 games, totaling 323 tackles, with 35 for loss, and 10 interceptions. He was named first-team All-Big East following his senior season.
The team also announced today that linebacker Jonathan Casillas has been placed on Injured Reserve. This season, Casillas has played in all 12 games, starting four, totaling 25 tackles, two passes defensed and a forced fumble. He leads the Buccaneers with nine special teams tackles.
Bucs head coach Greg Schiano joined Steve Duemig on Tuesday to talk about the current state of the Bucs. Even though the team is 3-9, Schiano believes there are brighter days ahead.
"I think it's pointing up Steve, I feel strongly that way," Schiano replied when asked by the Big Dog if the tip of the plane is pointing to the sky or to the ground.
Schiano points to numerous injuries and younger players being forced to play bigger roles as to reasons for the team's struggling play. Linebacker Jonathan Casillas was the latest casualty as he went down with a knee injury during Sunday's loss at Carolina. Casillas is likely done for the season. If he goes on injured reserved, he would be the 14th Bucs player on IR. Cornerback Darrelle Revis also went down with a chest injury just one week after sraining his groin.
Schiano also took responsibility for Sunday's 27-6 loss at Carolina.
"I didn't feel like I had a great game Sunday as a head coach," Schiano told the Big Dog.
With four games left, Schiano is hoping for a strong finish in order to save his job. The Bucs host the Bills on Sunday. Our coverage begins at 9am with the Floor & Decor Countdown to Kickoff.
by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
The Buccaneers opened their locker room following their film session Monday where they reviewed Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Click below to listen to head coach Greg Schiano's press conference!
Locker room sound thanks to 620 WDAE Bucs beat reporter Tom Krasniqi
Linebacker Dekoda Watson
Defensive end Adrian Clayborn
Defensive tackle Akeem Spence