TAMPA, Fla. -- After Sunday's 24-21 victory against Detroit, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got a day off Monday. But defensive tackle Gerald McCoy checked in with the media via conference call and shed some light on Tampa Bay's sudden surge.
After an 0-8 start, the Bucs have won three straight. McCoy was asked what kind of lesson can be taken from what's happened recently.
"Just keep on pushing, man," McCoy said. "Don't ever give up. Don't listen to the naysayers and stay away from the dream killers, people who tell you you can't do it or you don't have it or this team isn't this or this team isn't that. That's all from the outside looking in. Us on the inside of those four walls, we never stopped believing and we haven't stopped believing. We kept preparing the same every week and we just persevered."
McCoy also had praise for maligned coach Greg Schiano.
"It all starts with our head coach," McCoy said. "He came in every day, works his butt off and we kept on going and now we're getting some wins. Hopefully, we can keep it going."
McCoy also had some high praise for a patch-work defensive backfield that got the job done against Detroit. Safety Dashon Goldson (suspension) missed the game and cornerback Darrelle Revis missed more than half the game with a groin injury.
"Revis got paid to do what he did, but he can only do it if he's on the field," McCoy said. "If he's not on the field, then it's the next-man-up mentality and those guys know that. That's kind of who we are and how we are. They made that known with how hard they played yesterday. You never would have known we (didn't have) Darrelle Revis by how our secondary played. It kind of wasn't that much of a drop off, if a drop off at all. They all stepped up and made some big plays for us."