Do Your Job!August 14th, 2012
Joe has come to the conclusion that Gerald McCoy is the new Barrett Ruud. Bucs fans always have to have a player (or coach) to hate and this year it is Gerald McCoy.
What coaches and front office types have told Joe about GMC is eerily similar to what Joe was told about Ruud: That he is doing exactly what is asked of him.
Like Bucs fans did with Ruud, GMC has turned many Bucs fans into an angry lynch mob where they slam their bottles of beer on the bar and have scared neighborhood cats away for fear of being dropped-kicked because GMC is not racking up sacks like Warren Sapp once did.
But if one talks to coaches and front office types, even the cream like Bill Polian, they state GMC’s disruption in the backfield is sometimes better than a sack because busted plays can turn into turnovers.
Nevermind. Bucs fans seem to have made up their minds on GMC, no matter who speaks logic.
With this in mind, J.P. Peterson, former (and soon to be?) local sports personality, has tried to keep an open mind and while weighing input from both sides of the GMC debate, Peterson has tried to offer a reasoned analysis of GMC after watching the Bucs beat the Dolphins last week in Miami on Peterson’s TampaBaySportsCentral.com site.
If Gerald McCoy could finish plays in the backfield he WOULD BE Ndamukong Suh! He is getting great penetration but fails to finish too many times. As a sidebar, I spoke with McCoy today out of pads and he looks much leaner…almost too small for a DT in this league. He’s built more like an end. He is such a great guy I wish him much success and HEALTH! He deserves it… we ALL want to see what he can produce with a full season. I liked that he said he is not focused on sacks but rather the Schiano mantra “do your job”… as he should be.
If a player performs and completes the tasks asked of him by his coaches, what more can be said? It doesn’t seem to matter to Bucs fans though that Greg Schiano boasts about McCoy, like the way he spoke of him earlier this year.
“He plays defensive tackle the way I like. He comes off the ball with a flat back, he’s a penetrating guy who can change direction. We’ve got to get him back healthy and keep him healthy. I think he can be a dominant force if we can just get some miles underneath him, some plays.”
Despite the accolades McCoy gets from Schiano, Polian and the likes, the torches seem to be lit.