TAMPA — Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has always been generous with his time, staying after practice to work with younger players. That should be a real added benefit for first-round pick Vita Vea.
"That's my M.O.'' McCoy said this week during Bucs offseason practices at One Buc Place. "You're only as strong as your weakest link. If you have no weak links, how strong can you be? That's my philosophy. Any young guy that comes in, I have mandatory extra. It's not allowed to do extra now (during OTAs), but when we can, it's mandatory.
"I don't give you an option. 'I'm getting better and so are you. You're already behind the 8-ball because we're vets and we've been doing this. Now you're coming in and learning a new brand of football, how the NFL game goes.'
"I didn't have that," McCoy said. "I didn't get that. I always told myself, if I had the opportunity once I get to that point, I'm not going to be that guy where I do what I do and then walk off. No. Let me teach you something. I want everyone to be successful.
"It wasn't just my dream to be the NFL. Everybody who comes in this building, it's their dream to play in the NFL. So I want you to be successful as possible. You only get it for a short period.''
Monken takes charge
Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken will have a bigger imprint on the offense this season. He's already writing all the practice scripts, installing the offense and calling plays during organized team activities. That will continue into training camp and the preseason.
Monken's duties free up Koetter to focus on the entire team. Monken also is working more closely with quarterback Jameis Winston, who's getting used to how Monken calls plays.
"I have a lot more interaction,'' Monken said. "I've been in there almost every day with those guys. Dirk wanted me to be in there some with those guys just to give them a different perspective. They've been around him for three years, so where ever I fit in there with a different perspective or have something else to say, I try to piece my way in there without stepping on (quarterbacks coach) Mike (Bajakian).''
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