TAMPA, FL. – Not much surprises former Bucs wide receiver Horace Copeland. Not Bruce Arians stepping down in order for Todd Bowles to be promoted. Certainly not Tom Brady coming back for his 23rd season in the NFL.
“You can see, year after year, the way he prepares, it’s amazing.”‘ Copeland said. “There’s no limitation. He might pull off 5 more years. You never know. But in his mind, he’s got to take it one year at a time. If anybody can do it and continue to do it, it’ll definitely be Tom.”
Last season the Bucs were hit hard by injuries and distractions. The year before when the Bucs won the Super Bowl, they didn’t have those types of problems. Copeland thinks the Bucs have to get back to all being on the same page.
“It’s simple,” Copeland said. “You gotta work as a team, stick together as a family. That’s the only way. when things get tough, things get hard, you need to rely on people you can trust.”
Copeland or Hi-C as he was called (known for doing back-flips after scoring touchdowns) also believes Arians still being with the organization and Bowles now the head coach is a good thing. It wasn’t surprising to me.” Copeland said.
With the Coach (Arians) and the relationship he has with coaches, it’s a good fit. He’s still part of the organization. They know how things run. I’m telling you, it’s gonna be something special.”
Copeland enjoyed taking pictures and signing autographs at the Bucs 1st round draft celebration at Raymond James Stadium.
The Bucs didn’t make a selection on Thursday, trading out of the first round with the Jaguars and acquiring the Jags second round (33).
It’s the first time since 1998 the Bucs didn’t make a pick in the first round.