Gerald McCoy A Dominant ForceAugust 18th, 2014
Joe started hearing the rumbling last year from a guy who rumbles the walls when he speaks. Joe raised an eyebrow (picture Derrick Brooks) when last year Warren Sapp tried to tell Joe that Gerald McCoy was better than he was.
Joe wasn’t biting. Or buying.
Then, this past training camp, Joe again asked Sapp the same question. Sapp explained that GMC was quicker than he was and added, “He mastered Greg Schiano’s defense. I could never do that!”
Joe will never forget Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ face go blank when he said of GMC, “I’ve never seen anything like that,” during the opening week of training camp.
Of course, Bucs coach Lovie Smith is on the GMC bandwagon but now the spreadsheeters are piling on. Consider how Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus described GMC’s play Saturday night.
There are only few people in the NFL today that are capable of doing what Gerald McCoy did to the Dolphins interior line on Saturday. McCoy accounted for two pressures within two seconds of the snap(about the time it takes to make a 7 step drop) and added a tackle five yards deep in the backfield. He now has the highest overall grade of any defensive tackle this preseason by a wide margin.
And to think some actually believed GMC was a bust not quite a year ago. Amazing.
If the Bucs’ defensive front does not improve on getting to the quarterback, other than GMC, that should tell you something. The man is being double- and triple-teamed if not chipped by running backs at the line.
Who or what do the Bucs need to sacrifice in order to get an edge rush?