“That Freaking No. 93 Is Heck To Deal With”May 11th, 2013
Well, that was a garbage take, as the NFL and locals found out. And in a piece penned by Tampa Tribune beat scribe Woody Cummings, Bucs icon Ronde Barber actually fingers McCoy as the defense’s next leader and brings insider word from John Lynch on how opposing coaches break into a sweat when they think of McCoy.
“A lot of people don’t give Gerald credit for the year he had last year, but the people that played against him (did),” Barber said. “And when you talk to a guy like John Lynch, who did a lot of games (as a Fox TV analyst), he’ll tell you.
“He’s talking to the other coaches all the time and asking them, ‘What is it with this (Bucs) team that you know you have to stop to beat them?’ And, without fail, they all said, ‘That freaking No. 93 is heck to deal with.’ So, yeah, he’s the guy.’
That sure was enlightening. For those who don’t realize, when John Lynch, or any other analyst, calls a game, he gets to meet with the game’s head coaches about 48 hours prior to kickoff to dive into game plans and pick their brains. So it’s pretty cool that Lynch is getting this feedback.