If you happened to watch this season of Hard Knocks on HBO, which featured the Cincinnati Bengals, you likely saw members of the Bengals coaching staff informing players not to help the opposition up.
It’s a philosophy the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also apparently use, at least according to Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy who says he was yelled at by members of the Bucs’ coaching staff for assisting an opposing player in a recent game:
“I had my D-line coaches get on to me the other day,” McCoy said. “Well, not get on to me, try to get on to me. There’s no way they’re going to get on to me for this. They got upset with my because I helped somebody up [in the game.] So what! I don’t care. Kiss my butt. Listen, if I want to help somebody, I’m going help somebody up. Because right on the next play I’m going to knock him down again. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter.”
McCoy, who recently defended head coach Greg Schiano might be changing his tune against the Buccaneers’ ‘competitive ways’, which has featured the defensive line attempting to break up the famed victory formation.
H/T Shutdown Corner