Buccaneers want Gerald McCoy to leave opposing players on the ground

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers somehow manage to further blacken their tarnished image.

Being a "Buccaneer Man" apparently means being an asshole to opposing players. On his weekly radio show on 620 WDAE, Gerald McCoy said that his coaches want him to stop helping up opposing players(via JoeBucsFan and the Pewter Plank). JoeBucsFan transcribed the relevant part of the radio show.

"I had my D-line coaches get on to me the other day," McCoy explained. "Well, not get on to me, try to get on to me. There's no way they're going to get on to me for this. They got upset with my because I helped somebody up [in the game.] So what! I don't care. Kiss my butt. Listen, if I want to help somebody, I'm going help somebody up. Because right on the next play I'm going to knock him down again. It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter."

This makes my blood boil. Football is a physical, nasty game and you need to be able to play aggressive between the whistles, but there's no reason to be an asshole after the whistle. The fact that coaches would demand McCoy leave opposing players on the ground is a disgrace, and does nothing to help the team win. I can sort of get the point of rushing the kneeldown, though that hasn't helped win games so far. At least there you're trying to affect the game on the field. This, though? This is ridiculous.

Yet again, the Bucs find a way to appear classless. Gerald McCoy is one of the best players on the team, is playing at a Pro Bowl level, has been selfless in letting himself be taken out of the play to benefit everyone else and he has consistently stood by his coaches -- at least publicly. But apparently that isn't good enough -- he has to also be a dick to opposing players, for no good reason.

Everything about this season is just depressing.

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