Buccaneers' Gerald McCoy: 'We're just not as good as we should be'

Monday October 13th, 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said the team is "not as good as we should be at this point" after its 48-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The blowout defeat came three weeks after the Buccaneers lost to the Atlanta Falcons 56-14 and leaves Tampa Bay at 1-5 and in last place in the NFC South. The Buccaneers' 38-point halftime deficit was the largest in NFL history for a home team.

"We're just not as good as we should be at this point," McCoy said. "That's the facts. We're just not as good as we should be. We didn't play well today, and we're not good enough. There is no secret formula why it happened. It's just we're not where we should be."

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Head coach Lovie Smith pointed to the roster not being talented enough at certain positions as a main reason for the team's struggles, and McCoy echoed Smith's belief.

"What happened today was a lot of guys just doing their jobs," he said. "In the NFL, there has to be more than that. Doing your job is good in little league and high school. As the talent level goes up and the competition goes up, you have to do more than that."

Other lowlights of Tama Bay's loss were a stretch of 12 straight offensive plays that went for zero or negative yards and a 28-0 first quarter deficit, the largest in team history.

The Buccaneers have now allowed 165 points in their last four games, which is tied for the worst stretch in team history.

McCoy, a two-time Pro Bowler, has 17 tackles in five games this season. He missed the Falcons game due to a broken hand but returned the following week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The team's start is especially disappointing after a productive offseason that saw it make several significant signings, including defensive end Michael Johnson, offensive tackle Anthony Collins, cornerback Alterraun Verner and quarterback Josh McCown, and hire Smith as head coach.

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The Buccaneers have a bye this week before playing the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8.

Ben Estes



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