“I Think They’re Making The Game Soft”June 30th, 2014
Accused of being too gentle and too soft early in his career, Gerald McCoy is still a Mr. Nice Guy. But McCoy does approach anger and exhibits frustration when he’s asked about NFL rule changes that have removed some violence from the game.
Speaking on 1400 AM in Oklahoma recently, McCoy was asked about what he thinks of rule changes that have given wide receivers more confidence over the middle of the field. McCoy is not a big fan of Roger Goodell’s safer NFL.
“I think they’re making the game soft,” McCoy said. “I think taking the precautions with the horse collar and things of that sort and hitting people in the face and all that, hits to the helmet, that stuff I understand. But you can’t ask guys to slow down and have the game still be as exciting as what makes it, you know, what it is.
“That’s what makes football what it is. Otherwise we should play flag football. The big hits is what makes the game what it is.”
McCoy said the NFL is on a path transforming the game to something undesirable.
“At the highest level of the sport you can’t take the physicality of the game, otherwise it won’t be the sport that everybody loves to watch,” McCoy said.
No. 93 would like to see more balance and fairness in the rules.
“Taking the precautions are great, but I also think it’s one-sided,” he said. “You can’t hit a guy in the helmet but an offensive lineman can cut me from the side? It’s the same thing. If you’re going to protect people, protect everybody. I just think it’s one-sided. It’s all about scoring and seeing people put up points. … I’m still in the NFL. Every chance I have to run through an offensive lineman’s face, I’m going to do it. Any time I have a chance to get a big hit, I’m going to take it, all within in the rules.”
You can hear McCoy’s full audio via the link above. What stood out to Joe is how passionate McCoy was on the subject. Sadly, after two stellar seasons, McCoy likely will endure more nasty blocks in the trenches, as teams struggle to find a way to slow him down.
As for the head-hunting “Hawk,” Dashon Goldson, he’s hopeful Lovie Smith has enlightened him.