“Lower Your Shoulder Pads And Run Over Him”September 13th, 2011
Count former Bucs guard Ian Beckles, co-host of The Ron and Ian Show on WDAE-AM 620, among those who want to see Gerald McCoy talk less and play more.
Today Beckles was set off by McCoy’s quotes typed out by Anwar Richardson of The Tampa Tribune. McCoy offered a detailed take on what went wrong Sunday.
“The one thing I can say is how those guards were sitting,” McCoy said. “As deep as they were sitting, I don’t think that was legal. I really don’t. We said something to the refs. They just let it go. But we said, ‘Hey, we have to play with the conditions we are in and keep playing.’
“They didn’t slide protect like we planned. Everybody was sitting back. They game-planned our speed up front. But with us seeing that, it is a good learning experience. Now we can go work on that.”
Beckles called McCoy’s words excuses. Among other things, he explained to his readers that if a guard decides to gouge a defensive tackle’s eyes out and there’s no whistle, then that’s “legal” and you have to deal with it.
“If a guard is sitting back, the lower your shoulder pads and run over him. Stop talking and make a play,” Beckles said.
For Joe, McCoy’s comments are another illustration of the Bucs getting outcoached Sunday. As for McCoy talking, Joe is entertained by the steady flow of ex-players whose blood pressure rises after learning of McCoy’s quotes du jour.