The Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought in new coach Greg Schiano to lead the team to glory. The former Rutgers man was looking to bring in discipline, a positive attitude and more.
But, did you expect him be teaching how to tackle?
Former top draft pick Gerald McCoy, who has battled injuries for much of his short career, explained on Friday that he did not know how to properly tackle before the coach arrived. Now, he does.
"We do a tackling circuit before every practice, and I've never done anything like that before," McCoy said. "I realize now that, before, I was just playing football. Now, I'm really learning how to tackle and I think it's going to help me a lot."
Are you telling me the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 draft didn't know how to tackle?
"You have to brush up on your fundamentals; there's no question about that, because you have to have a fundamental base to go with the talent you have," cornerback Eric Wright said. "I think it's something that's necessary and I'm glad we're doing it and doing it every day. Other teams do it, but not on a consistent basis. We do it every day here, and I think it's a good thing."
The team struggled to wrap people up last season. Will that all change in 2012?