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Is Gerald McCoy the Leader on Defense?

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TAMPA FL - AUGUST 21:  Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy #93 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lines up against the Kansas City Chiefs during a preseason game at Raymond James Stadium on August 21 2010 in Tampa Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
TAMPA FL - AUGUST 21: Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy #93 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lines up against the Kansas City Chiefs during a preseason game at Raymond James Stadium on August 21 2010 in Tampa Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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There's a clear leader on offense: Josh Freeman. He's the one who has to lead this team to wins in the future. But the defense could use a real leader as well, someone who will lead the defense both on and off the field. The Bucs have drafted many team captains on defense the past three seasons, including Roy Miller, Gerald McCoy, Mason Foster, Da'Quan Bowers, Ahmad Black, Anthony Gaitor and Adrian Clayborn. Looking at that list you'd think there's no lack of leadership on defense, but we've heard little of players working out so far. 

As it turns out, Gerald McCoy could be turning into that player. He's the one who organized the defensive lineman workouts, but it turns out that those workouts are more than just that. Da'Quan Bowers revealed that Gerald McCoy hasn't just been calling defensive linemen, but other defensive players as well. Freeman and the skill position players held their passing camp some two weeks ago. Now it's time for the defensive players to do the same - and they're being led by the second-year defensive tackle. 

These player-led workouts are all of limited value, sadly, but the work the players put in now could be the difference between a winning and a losing season come football season - whenever that may be.