McCoy Says Johnny Will “Bring A Circus”

January 9th, 2014

Gerald McCoy weighs in on drafting Johnny Football

Everybody’s got a take on Johnny Football, and that includes Bucs back-to-back Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy.

Asked on Jay Mohr Sports today whether Johnny Football could be a good pro quarterback drafted by Tampa Bay with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 draft, McCoy didn’t do a wacky Greg Schiano line stunt with the question; he bull rushed it.

“That depends on the Johnny Manziel you get,  I believe,” McCoy said. “Are going to get the one who plays for the Aggies, or the one outside of that? Because once you get to the NFL, you can’t, I mean, he’s going to bring a circus with him regardless, because of his quote-unquote off-the-field issues. But when this guy steps on the field he performs.

“But can he focus under pressure?

“College pressure is completely different pressure than the NFL. NFL is an unheard of pressure. And if you are drafted as high as No. 7, you’re the franchise guy. And are you willing to put in the work and take over a team as a rookie? And that’s going to be left on him. So me, personally, I think he has all the gifts and talent to be that. But it just depends which Johnny Manziel you get.”

McCoy’s full interview, via WDAE-AM 620, is below.

46 Responses to “McCoy Says Johnny Will “Bring A Circus””

  1. Chef Paul Says:

    Best Johnny Boy answer I’ve heard yet. Great Job Gerald!! And fully agree with his take on it.

  2. BucfaninMO Says:

    I rather lick the inside of a crack whores mouth then draft Johnny Football.

  3. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    exactly. he’s a huge gamble for any NFL team. ryan leaf comes to mind.

  4. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    People, including NFL players, can’t divide themselves into two different people…one for work and one for play. You are who you are. Period. We don’t have to wonder which of Joe’s JFF’s we’d get because we already know: the same exact one we’ve already seen.

  5. Leon Says:

    Great response

  6. PRBucFan Says:

    Lovie won’t take that Gamble

  7. Architek Says:

    One of the best interviews I’ve heard from the Bucs – very telling of Schiano

  8. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    As an aside, has anyone else noticed how McCoy is suddenly opening up and being totally frank in the media now that Schiano is gone? I’ll bet that Lovie removed the Belichick-inspired shackles from his players and told them they are free to express themselves. How refreshing. I’m liking this new regime already.

  9. The 300's Says:

    Didn’t we release a franchise quarterback this season who had “off the field issues”? I have never heard about Joe’s mancrush and his studying habits. But that seems to be the biggest difference between a franchise QB and a QB…. how much time you put in off the field. No matter the talent.

  10. lightningbuc Says:

    “NFL is an unheard of pressure.”

    Yes, Gerald, I’m sure it’s much more so than say, being a minesweeper in Afghanistan!

  11. T in Orlando Says:

    @ lightningbuc

    That’s a little unfair, McCoy never made a direct (or even indirect for that matter) reference to military service.

    I think it would be safe to say that McCoy meant compared to anything Manziel has experienced to date (unless he has some Military service in his background I’m unaware of).

    The people athletes/entertainers who compare themselves to military or even law enforcement should be called out on it, but that’s not the case here.

  12. daver Says:

    HOW MANY HEISMANN winners are successful in the NFL ? Will the rah rah attitude play in the NFL ?

  13. Eric Says:

    Cam Newton.

  14. bigpoppabuc Says:

    Sounds like McCoy is a fan, but I don’t think Lovie would take a chance on him. G-Mac didn’t really stick up for Glennon there either.

  15. TJ Ware Says:

    @daver there are a lot of heisman trophy winners that were sucessful.. You are another idiot

  16. Lev Says:

    The other day I heard Johnny football continued with his “off the field issues” buy leaving the toilet seat up. I would never want a guy like that leading my football team.

  17. Gus Says:

    @Eric name 3 more…….

  18. Buc1987 Says:

    Look at that toothpick in the picture. He makes Mike Glennon look like a professional body builder. Just say no to Johnny!

  19. Eric Says:

    Roger staubach
    Bo Jackson
    Tony Dorsett

  20. d-money Says:


    Get a clue dude.

    Get yourself a dictionary and look up the word context. Understanding how it works could prevent you from making such moronic statments in the future.

  21. BigMacAttack Says:

    The Great Geraldini…

  22. Eric Says:

    Barry Sanders
    OJ Simpson
    Earl Campbell
    Tim brown
    Marcus Allen

  23. Buxfan Says:

    If we talking about drafting Johnny football. lets bring in Timmy Tebow also.

  24. canadianbucsfan Says:

    Congradulations you have officailly posted the dumbest comment on joebucsfan. the guy was simply compairing college pressure to NFL pressure.

  25. Yeah It's me! Says:

    Some believe he will be great in the NFL, some think he will be a failure. I don’t see him being successful between getting hurt and off field personality (remember…he will be the “Face of a Franchise”) The Bucs cant afford to take JF and he ends up being a big failure. Not after the 5 years we just went threw. It will probably be a Make or Break pick for whatever GM & Team that takes him. I sure would rather miss out on him if he is Mega Successful than have him and it’s a Complete Failure. we would continue to be a laughing stock to most around the NFL. Just not worth it.

  26. Buc1987 Says:

    Heisman Trophy Winners- NFL Busts :

    Troy Smith Ohio State

    Danny Wuerffel – Florida

    Eric Couch – Nebraska

    Andre Ware – Houston

    Gino Torreta – Miami

    Jason White Oklahoma (beat out Eli Manning and Larry Fitzgerald)

    Gary Beban (1967) UCLA

    Rashaan Salaam- Colorado

    Charlie Ward FSU (went to play in the NBA)

    Tim Tebow Florida

    and let’s not forget Vinny…

  27. Burg Says:

    Losing respect for Joe with every Johnny love fest piece, especially when an FL boy who is clearly better suited for an NFL qb role gets zero ink. Though it’s probably pointless since said FL boy has little to no chance of still being on the board at 7, while Johnny NFL bust may well be…

  28. Burg Says:

    and I’m not talking about Bridgewater

  29. Eastsidebuc Says:

    I’m with GMC on this one. I’ll pass on the punk trust fund baby too.

  30. Matt Says:


    Good call. And in defense of the ’90s, I’d add Eddie George and Charles Woodson to the list. And in (a very weak) defenseof the ’00s, I wouldn’t say Carson Palmer is exactly a bust.

  31. Posey99 Says:

    Phillip Rivers

  32. YourMom Says:

    Funny how McCoy didn’t just say Glennon is their Quarterback.

    McCoy gets it. He knows Glennon is a back up.

  33. Buc1987 Says:

    Rivers never won the Heisman…in fact he finished 7th in the votes.

  34. BoJim Says:


    Hey! I like Vinnie. 🙁

  35. mpmalloy Says:

    That’s a damn good looking circus…
    …*sigh*…Lauren Hanley

    But yeah,
    I completely admire Johnny’s harem, but as a Buc fan there’s
    no way I want him as my quarterback.
    Can you imagine? In Tampa? With the Mons and the
    whole sub-culture of exotic dancers…and the media?
    What if he snubs a certain radio station for an interview?
    Good Lord. Lawdy. Ya’ll crackers about crazy.
    No. JohnnyFB in Tampa is an epically bad idea.
    We have the perfect guy right now IMO and w/o
    derailing the JFB discussion.

  36. Markie Mark Says:

    I mean Vince Young and RG III each won Rookie of the year

  37. james west Says:

    i remember years ago in a league far far away, there was a quarterback nobody gave a chance-he was younng-brash-opinionated-cocky-loved to party-and loved the ladies.he also loved the spotlight,the big stage-and when his big day finally came he was facing down the best team in the league,with the best qb-an h.o.f. to be quarterback,who was mature-steady,established,patriotic and well groomed-no chance this up start young brash qb hippie type could pull it off,so he gave a gaurantee and backed it up!his name was joe-and he became a not montana,if thats what your thinking-broadway joe was the man-and namath became legend! bring on the circus-go get manziel

  38. BirdDoggers Says:

    If you draft Manziel with the 7th pick you are instantly making him the face of the franchise. Does Lovie want to hitch his horse to that wagon? I would say probably not, unless he’s absolutely convinced Manziel will be the consummate pro. That’s impossible to predict at this point.

  39. Bucsfanman Says:

    Manziel is definitely a wild card. The kid’s a gamer on the field, there’s no questioning that. His will be a case of chance; who’s willing to take it?
    To compare him to Leaf is just ignorant!
    Just FYI Buc1987, Vinny played for 21 years in the NFL. While he may not have the accolades, lumping him in with the other losers you mention is totally out of bounds. 21 years, I’m just saying!

  40. Danny Says:

    the dumbest people are always the loudest as proven by these comments .. Draft manziel or be sorry later when we stuck with glennon all u people who don’t want him STUUUUPID

  41. Danny Says:

    And I would take manziel over crybaby McCoy ANYDAY #realbucfan

  42. sneedy16 Says:

    Lol. @ Danny

  43. Bucsfanman Says:

    When you think about it, the league needs a guy like Johnny. We’ve become so accustomed to the “gentlemen-ly” players like the Mannings and Brees’s. Think about why Kaepernick is so popular. Is it really because he is sooo good or is it that he’s the anti-hero, the opposite of those guys I mentioned. We don’t have any more “bad guys” in football. Gone are the Jim McMahons and the Joe Namaths with all their swag. Heck, I’ve even found myself missing Favre and all of his drama. There’s a cockiness to this guy that makes you hate him with a passion, but yet can’t help but be mesmerized by his performance. It’s like a car crash, you just can’t help it!
    Does any of this make him a good NFL QB? Of course not. He’ll have to cut his teeth just like everybody else. But stop fooling yourself and admit, this dude is fun to watch. Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised either way, bust or wild success.
    Frankly, I can’t see the Bucs drafting him because clearly there are larger holes to fill(no pun intended OL). If they did though, what a wild ride that’ll be!

  44. Danny Says:

    tampas been craving a exciting qb since forever! The line is fine i mean heck they were able to get some wins with glennon thats how u know they will be fine .. I’m sick of being jealous of other city’s qb’s when our turn for some fun..

  45. PewterPirates Says:

    I was for letting Glennon start next year but the more I think about it the more I want a dual threat guy. Watching Cam, Kaepernick and Wilson and just the way they move in the pocket with a threat to run and then throw over the top as defenders step up and leave their man to stop the run. It’s exciting and creates so many opportunities. I’m not saying to move up to get Johnny Football but I’m getting on the draft a QB bandwagon if one of the top 3 falls to us at 7.

  46. MadMax Says:

    Spend that first on Sammy Watkins or Anthony Barr please!