McCoy Gets Technical On TechniqueJune 14th, 2012
Gerald McCoy was the key cog in the Bucs’ defense last season, so said Ronde Barber a couple of months ago. And, as Bucs fans know too well, McCoy tore his bicep while reaching during Game 6 of the 2011 season and the Bucs’ defense then went on a historically ugly tear enroute to a 10-game losing streak.
Raheem Morris took to the radio airwaves the day after McCoy’s injury and blasted his defensive tackle’s “Pop Warner” arm tackle.
McCoy, the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2010, has no plans to change his tackling technique. It was blamed in part for last season’s injury, which occurred when McCoy reached his arm out to slow Saints running back Chris Ivory.
“I think that was all interpreted wrong, me reaching out to make a tackle,” McCoy said. “Most people don’t realize that as a D-lineman, it’s rare when you just come freely like a linebacker does, so you reach out to get a hand on him just to slow him down so your guys can come up, and that’s all I was doing.”
“The last time, our new Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks was pulling on the play (for the Saints) and I threw him past and there’s the running back. So, I’m either going to jump out of the way or try to slow him down, and I tried to slow him down. Well, I don’t think I slowed him down that much. But I don’t have to change my technique.”
That’s interesting. So who’s right? McCoy or Raheem.
A series of tackling drills coach Greg Schiano instituted should help McCoy avoid additional injuries, McCoy said, because it helps him become a more technically sound tackler.
“Coach Schiano has us doing (that) tackling circuit before every practice and I’ve never done anything like that, so it’s teaching me how to tackle,” McCoy said. “I was just playing football before, but him putting us through that tackling circuit, it’s really helping us get better.”
Well, McCoy saying Greg Schiano’s drills are “teaching me how to tackle” was probably a poor choice of words.
Regardless, the play of McCoy is a massive piece of the puzzle if the Bucs are to sniff a winning record in 2012. “The Dini” must stay healthy and produce. He has no more biceps to surgically repair, no more tackling technique to master, and no more excuses.