Gerald McCoy Shows Flashes Of GreatnessAugust 1st, 2010
Joe’s observation: Hey, he’s a rookie.
At times, GMC flashed why he was one of the highest rated defensive tackles in the draft. Most of the time though, GMC looked like a rookie.
He always went against the Bucs first team offense, often butting heads with seasoned veterans Jeff Faine and Davin Joseph. Often, the veterans got the best of the rookie.
In the times GMC got a step or two on his offensive linemen teammates, GMC quickly learned he wasn’t playing against Colorado any longer.
In one play where GMC got a step on his foe to his right, in this case Xavier Fulton, Fulton quickly pushed GMC to the ground. So even though he got past Fulton the play was hardly over.
Another time GMC used a nice swim move to get a step behind Faine. But Faine quickly regrouped and blew up GMC, taking him out of the play.
That’s the not-so-good. Now the good.
On a bubble screen to Mike Williams, GMC read the play like a book, slid through the would-be blockers and then GMC and Williams danced as the rookie receiver tried to juke and duck his way past GMC. It didn’t work.
In fact, the way GMC shifted his feet, countering Williams’ every move, it looked like a leopard who had cornered his prey.
Then GMC made a play that was every bit the kind of a play one might expect from a third overall pick. It appeared GMC pulled a Warren Sapp ghost move on Joseph as he got around the All Pro guard to GMC’s left. Once he got a step on Joseph, GMC kicked in the afterburners and rocketed past Joseph to make a play.
While GMC wasn’t lighting things up like his fellow rookie defensive tackle Brian Price was, GMC showed flashes of why he was rated so highly.