Gerald McCoy's caught a lot of flak this year, some of it deserved and some of it not deserved, but it seems that he actually thinks a lot of is justified. He told the media today that he was frustrated with himself and his inability to help the team win more games. He acknowledged that he was playing hurt, as he's been limited in practice with a shoulder injury since week two, but also noted that was no excuse given that he's still out there.
"When I woke up this morning, I was sitting in the bed thinking this frustration I have with myself feels like my first and second year,'' McCoy told the Tampa Bay Times. "I haven't been this frustrated with myself in a while. But I am. There's not a fan, coach or media member that can be as frustrated with me as I am with myself. I understand that me being a franchise player, I have to do more. I understand that. That's where a lot of my frustration comes from. That's where a lot of it came from yesterday. I know I have to be better and I just needed time to cool off.''
McCoy was frustrated yesterday, as he was visibly upset about the Bucs' inability to stop the Falcons from taking the game to overtime last week -- although his pressure on the final play of the game finally sealed the deal in overtime. I don't think McCoy's play has been quite as bad as these frustrations suggest, but he isn't quite living up to his previous standards either. It's to good to see him aware of that and wanting to improve -- but none of that really matters. What really matters is what happens on the field. And that's where he's going to have to show up.