TAMPA — It takes a lot to get Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy mad, but an internet report did the trick on Friday.
The report, McCoy said, misinterpreted a comment he made about helping opponents up off the ground after plays. In response to a caller on his weekly radio show who said he doesn’t play mean enough, McCoy said a Bucs assistant coach “got upset the other day because I helped (an opponent) up (during a game).’’
On Friday, after several internet sites used McCoy’s comments to question the sportsmanship of the Bucs coaching staff, McCoy said those comments were taken out of context.
“Let’s clear this up,’’ McCoy said. “I never said anybody’s name; I never said I was yelled at and I never said I was bashed for it. So, where all that came from, I don’t know.
“If you don’t believe me there’s audio you can go listen to. So, the (headline) that I got yelled at is nonsense. I didn’t like it. I don’t like it and, yes, I’m very upset. Quote that. Go write that.
“Yes, I’m very angry about being misquoted and saying that my coaches yelled at me. None of my coaches are bad guys and they’ve never done anything negative towards me. So, that’s nonsense for someone to go write that I got yelled at.
“I never said that. They didn’t get on me. They felt one way and I felt a different way. That’s all it was. You don’t always feel the same way someone else feels. It’s personal preference. But we didn’t have an argument.’’
Bucs head coach Greg Schiano understands both sides of this particular sportsmanship issue. He leaves it to the individual player and assistant coach to handle such situations.
“I don’t dislike if a guy helps him up, nor am I a proponent of helping a guy up,’’ Schiano said. “I worked for coach (Joe) Paterno (at Penn State) for six years and what I learned is, you help a guy up, you look him in the eye and say, ‘I’m coming back to get you again.’
“That’s just my personal belief.’’
For a couple of Buccaneers, there’s another intriguing matchup to be analyzed before Sunday’s game at Seattle.
All week long, rookie RB Mike James and veteran OLB Dekoda Watson debated the outcome of Saturday night’s duel between No. 3 Florida State and No. 7 Miami in Tallahassee.
James, a sixth-round pick, can’t believe his unbeaten Hurricanes are 22-point underdogs.
“Hopefully, it’s going to shake out with Miami on top,’’ James said. “Florida State is good, much respect to them, but we’ve got to go up there and take care of business.’’
Watson, a seventh-round pick out of FSU in 2010, exudes a quiet confidence.
“A lot of people talk,’’ he said. “All I’m going to say is (Bucs DE) Da’Quan Bowers talked before the Clemson game. I haven’t heard anything from him since.’’
FSU beat Clemson 51-14 on Oct. 19.