Any rumors of a rift between Gerald McCoy and Jameis Winston have been grossly
exaggerated made up. That’s been clear for months, and every time one of the two speaks about the other. No jealousy. No struggle over the leadership. Today, McCoy called Winston the face of the franchise, said he loved him, and noted that Winston asked him to behave a little differently in the huddle.
“Me and Jameis had a private conversation about what he feels like this team needs me to be, as a leader. And I’m not gonna say, but I think it’ll be obvious when it happens, because you guys are used to seeing me do things a certain way. That’s gonna change, because the face of the franchise came to me and said ‘Hey listen, if we’re gonna win, we need you to do this.’
“My quarterback said this is what he needs, that’s what I’m gonna do. Because if he feels like that’s what our team needs in order for us to win, who am I to say ‘Nah, I’m not gonna do that.’?”
“Internally you guys won’t see it, but on game day you may see it, you may even see it in training camp. But interally you won’t see it. It’s not a very big thing. He told me privately so I won’t speak about it, you know, that’s all it is. When it happens, it’ll be obvious, like ‘Oh, that’s what he was talking about.’”
Well, that all sounds good. Unified leadership and all. I generally tend to think that leadership styles and vocal, performative stuff is all a bit overrated (it works for some, not for others), but it’s not go