Is Gerald McCoy Too Skinny?July 26th, 2013
If Joe played for the New Schiano Order, Joe would listen to his coaches. But Gerald McCoy didn’t — at least when it came to reporting to camp at the weight prescribed to him by the Bucs brass.
McCoy came in 10 pounds lighter. And McCoy wouldn’t tell media what he currently weighs. So is McCoy too skinny to fight off double teams and return to the Pro Bowl?
Greg Schiano explained why he isn’t worried, so he told The Sports Page on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday.
“Gerald McCoy has incredible flexion. You know the way he can twist his upper body yet continue up the field. Ten pounds less, I anticipate that being even better. But you gotta make sure he’s not getting rocked out of their on double teams,” Schiano said. “I trust that he knows what’s best. But I don’t think it will be hard for Gerald to put on a few pounds if he needs to.”
One man who is worried is former Bucs guard Ian Beckles (1990-1996). Size does matter, Beckles said, and McCoy coming in small is a red flag. Beckles made the case that centers, typically smaller than guards, are even 300-pounders now and McCoy could wear down in December if he doesn’t beef up.
You can hear Beckles’ full take below. Again, Joe’s not concerned, primarily because McCoy’s weight is only important in six weeks, and he has time to add quality beef.