TAMPA, Florida (AP) - Gerald McCoy walked off the practice field, dripping with sweat and smiling. His mood got even better when he began talking about the revamped Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Pro Bowl defensive tackle has emerged as one of the NFL's best at his position over the past two seasons and anticipates continued growth in the scheme the Bucs will play under new coach Lovie Smith.
McCoy had 9 1/2 sacks in 2013, more than doubling the total he had the previous three seasons combined. But his team has yet to make the playoffs since he entered the league as the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, and that bothers him a lot.