Gerald McCoy SpeaksMay 24th, 2012
Yesterday afternoon, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy dropped a phone call to talk to co-hosts of the widely popular, footballholic show “Movin’ the Chains,” Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan, heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio. GMC spoke on a wide variety of subjects from the New Schiano Order to Brian Price to Aqib Talib. GMC also, when given the chance, gave a less-than ringing endorsement of former Bucs coach Raheem Morris but lauded his position coach Keith Millard.
Tim Ryan: Brutal year for the Bucs at 4-12. He’s going to accept the Pop Warner Youth Inspiration Award in Orlando this weekend, here’s the third-year defensive tackle of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, here’s Gerald McCoy. Hey Gerald, How are you doing?
Gerald McCoy: What’s up brother, hanging in there brother, grinding like I am always doing.
Ryan: Sounds like you are tired, sounds like you are back on scholarship.
GMC: Man, we have a few things going on, a little bit different, yeah; you have to bear with me.
Pat Kirwan: Tell me about your new coach. Sounds like we should start there. Is he pushing you guys? And I would like to get a reaction to the locker room to Kellen being shown the door.
GMC: As far as coach, discipline. That is one of the things he is drilling in our heads. Have to have discipline; we have to learn how to be professionals. We have a young team which is still learning how to win and lose. There are ways to do both. You have to learn how to win and keep your poise and learn how to lose and keep your poise and be able to bounce back. He is teaching us how to be professionals and bring discipline back and get to where we need to be. As far as Kellen, great teammate and greet player, but we wish him the best and that is why they say it is a business. Business is business. We have to move on and take the next step to where we want to be.
Ryan: Gerald, go back to last year for a second and it ended early with an injury to you, again. But, I remember the story last year going into training camp, youngry and young and hungry and all of that stuff and then the fall off during the last several games during the course of the season, I know the excitement was sky high coming off a 10-win season the year before. Yes, you had some significant injuries. Talk about 2011 before we move on. What happened?
GMC: One of those things like I mentioned earlier. We had to learn how to win. You had a bunch of first- and second-year guys who had gone on to a 10-win season and miss the playoffs by a few points. Had a lot of guys who had success early in their careers. Inexperience meant we didn’t know you could do the same things to win. Warren Sapp told me, he said, ‘Young fella, listen: If you are going to be successful in this league, you can’t do the same thing year in and year out. You have to do some things different.’ Given our experience, we didn’t know that. So we tried to do the same things as players and our inexperience showed on the field. Inexperience and lack of discipline.
Ryan: How is your health now.
GMC: Oh, I’m good. I’m participating in everything, 100 percent, workouts and practice. I’m back and ready to go.
Ryan: What did you learn last year? I know you were excited to play for Keith Millard, he was teaching you things and you were ready for a break out year and then you had the injury. What did you learn from him that you will take with you for the rest of your career?
GMC: Oh, man. Coach Millard, he was the best. I took in everything I could while I could. I studied and studied and studied everything he showed me. I will always remember it and will always keep it with me, the things he showed me. We have a great new coach in Randy Melvin, and, you know, taking it all in and putting it all together.
Kirwan: Let’s talk technique a little bit. You have a new coach come in and he may want to change your technique, change your stance, tweak a little bit, maybe lean some more some way. How difficult is it to change your technique when you have been doing things a long time through high school and college and now in the pros. If they start tweaking things, it can be difficult to do what they want.
GMC: Yeah, it is difficult. But that is the thing with being a professional. I have had three different d-line coaches in three years so I am learning something new every year. You just try to take it all in and be a professional. That is what Coach Schiano is teaching us now. To be professionals. The best defensemen are the ones in the Pro Bowl year in and year out so I am just trying to learn to be one of those guys.
Ryan: We know that Coach Schiano is a defensive guy and you bring in Bill Sheridan as the defensive coordinator. Schematically — just on the surface, you don’t have to get into it — still a four-man front? Still a shade player on the offensive guard? Penetrate right into the B-gap? How are they going to use you?
GMC: Yeah. They drafted me to do what it is I do. They are going to use me in that exact way and that is to penetrate and wreak havoc in the backfield. The defense is a four-man front and that is exactly how they are going to use me. Just taking it one step at a time. Same ole, same ole, wreak havoc in the backfield. Just as I’ve always done.
Ryan: How much is big Carl Nicks going to help out the interior of your offensive line?
GMC: That dude is a monster. I’m going to go on record and just say that. Everybody wants to quote different things, you can just go ahead and quote that one. Carl Nicks is a monster. Put a guy with that kind of talent next to a Donald Penn who is a Pro Bowler and you have Davin Joseph on the other side who is a Pro Bowler, you can’t beat that. You have to love it in practice because if you go against those guys day in and day out it can’t do anything but make you better and if you aren’t getting better, then that’s your fault because they are bringing it enough to make you work. I love having him on the team, I love it.
Kirwan: A lot of new faces on that roster. It’s only your third year as you have pointed out. As you look at that roster today, Carl Nicks, Vincent Jackson, Dallas Clark, Doug Martin, Amobi Okoye. There are a lot of guys who are new. How does it feel? How long does it take to build a football team where everyone gets to know everybody?
GMC: It is great but coach is taking the steps so that we know everybody. Have guys introduce themselves have guys speak to say what it is they expect from the team. Just different things so we get to learn the new personalities of all the new players and for the new players to learn us. I have been around for three years. So coach is taking necessary steps to learn each other so we can go out and function on the field.
Ryan: I feel bad about your defensive line teammate Brian Price and all the things he has been through in his life, growing up with the loss of some siblings and the catastrophic injury he suffered getting into pro football and now losing his sister, talk a little about Brian Price.
GMC: Whoa, for a guy like Brian Price, to be able to function the way he does and to play the game the way he does, it’s really surprising for all he has went through. But “BP” as we call him, he’s a tough guy and always finds a way to fight back and to show up. I am sure he will continue to do the same things. Life is a rollercoaster. So many twists and turns, upside-downs, twists, all that types of things, that is what life is. He takes it better than anyone I have seen. Applause goes to him.
Kirwan: Tell us the status of Aqib Talib.
GMC: I support him 100 percent and I believe Aqib is handing all of his situations like a true professional. I love having him on my team and having him out there on the field.
Kirwan: Last question for me and it’s a bit sensitive. Do you, personally, feel bad what happened to your former coach last year, Raheem.
GMC: (Period of dead air) Well, ah, you know, you never want to see, um, anybody lose a job at any moment. I have had teammates that were released and teammates being cut and all the coaching staff got released last year. You never want to see anybody, you know, be released. So of course that’s not something you ever want to see. Um but business is business and moves have to be made. Ah, when people do have families, hey, I’m a family guy to so it’s not just a coach, it’s anybody. You hate to see them lose a job or take a pay cut or anything of that sort. I feel for them because they have families to support. That’s anybody. But you have to understand about being a professional, being in a professional league, business moves have to be made and if we want to get to where we want to be, certain moves had to be made and we just have to understand that.