'Hear the message, not the tone': See what these coaches are saying about Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Gerald McCoy's message

By Kailey Harmon | Posted 6/29/2018

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After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' minicamp last week, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had a compelling message he shared with the press and it’s made its way around the internet.

Here’s the video:

Andy Ryland, USA Football senior manager, education and training, posted a blog in response and posed some questions for other coaches pertaining to this topic. Here are some excerpts:

I personally love McCoy’s view on the situation and the classy way he handled the interview. That idea that coaches are “supposed to coach you hard,” and most importantly, players need to “separate the message from the tone” are truths, especially in the high-performance level.

While it is important for players to separate the message from the tone, what responsibility does the coach have to not hide the message in the tone?

Do I use a player's responsibility to separate message from tone as a crutch for my preferred style of yelling instead of the player's preferred style of learning?

Ryland asked coaches to chime in on the topic via social media, and Texas High School Football Chat picked up on the conversation, hosting a Twitter chat Wednesday using the hashtag #txhsfbchat. Here’s a sampling of what coaches had to say:





You can share your thoughts by tweeting on the topic using the hashtag #txhsfbchat, or commenting on USA Football's Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Andy Ryland is senior manager of education and training at USA Football. A former Penn State linebacker and member of the U.S. men’s rugby team, Ryland helped develop the Heads Up Football and Master Trainer programs.