Weak Pass Rush Not On McCoyNovember 28th, 2012
Don’t hang the Bucs’ questionable pass rush on Gerald McCoy, says former Bucs tight end and current radio network analyst Dave Moore.
McCoy is pushing the pocket against the pass, Moore told the Ron and Ian Show on WDAE-AM 620, but the Bucs’ defensive ends aren’t forcing quarterbacks to step up. QBs are able to move laterally, rather than being forced to step up where McCoy has eaten space.
“What’s happening is Gerald McCoy is collapsing the inside, but because the quarterback’s able to step to his left or to his right, rather than forcing the step-up, or having to throw it right away to shorten his motion because there’s a guy coming from inside. What you’re missing is Clayborn on the outside. You’re missing the guys to force the quarterback to step up into the pocket.”
Moore went on to say McCoy is playing well and that the scenario above is costing McCoy on the stat sheet. Moore was fighting off co-host Ian Beckles’ assertion that McCoy is a guy that isn’t making anywhere near the number of plays he should be making.
Of course, the Bucs’ three-man rushes, and the now infamous two-man rush on display against Atlanta, one that saw McCoy drop in pass coverage on third down, aren’t helping No. 93 either.
Regardless, the Bucs need more from the defensive line. Michael Bennett can’t have an off day in Denver like he had on Sunday.