A year after posting the worst record in the entire National Football League, the Buccaneers now find themselves struggling again halfway through the 2015 campaign, sitting on a 3-5 record
Tampa Bay were always going to be a team in rebuilding phase this season, but fans, coaches and players alike are all still unhappy with the way the team has played so far.
Head coach Lovie Smith has now come out and identified some reasons for the Bucs' struggles: the poor play of defensive stars Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David.
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Defensive tackle McCoy and linebacker David have failed to have the kind of impact that the team expects from them this season. Smith knows the two are underperforming, but it seems he isn't sure why.
“Lavonte is a great player. Same thing with Gerald,” Smith started off as saying, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
“I think you have to be careful when you just look at the stat sheet. But forgetting about the stat sheet, our play from both of those guys we would say it’s not good enough.”
Not Good Enough
It seems that David doesn't agree. The linebacker said he wasn’t frustrated by his performance and that he’s “just doing what I’m supposed to do.”
McCoy, on the other, said that he knows he needs to do more as a “franchise player” on defense and that “the best players have to produce” for a team to be successful.
It's not just McCoy and David who Lovie should be calling out, however. Wide receiver Mike Evans dropped an incredible five passes against the Giants on Sunday, something that hasn't been done by an NFL wideout for over a decade.