Ira: GMC Was RightApril 20th, 2017
When Bucs stud defensive tackle Gerald McCoy bore his soul to the local pen and mic club Monday, like he was in a confessional at a chapel on the Saint Leo University campus, he told all who listened he must improve late in games.
Of course, the howls of the drooling jackals that have tried to run GMC out of town hit peak pitch when they read these words on Twitter. Joe shared the stats that show GMC does indeed show up in the fourth quarter, to no avail.
Enter prized JoeBucsFan.com columnist eye-RAH! Kaufman. Monday, eye-RAH! took to the airwaves of WDAE-AM 620 to talk Bucs with co-hosts Ron Diaz and J.P. Peterson, and eye-RAH! believes, yes, GMC was right.
“He’s right. He has to do more,” Kaufman said. “[GMC] is haunted by the ghost of 99 [Warren Sapp]. That’s the way it is. He is always going to have Sapp just above him and just below him like an albatross. There is only one Sapp, guys. I don’t think it is any shame if you don’t measure up to 99.
“Look, he is a very good player. Has he lived up to his status? Yeah, I think he has. He has Pro Bowls. In the two games [the Bucs] needed to win [last December], the defense didn’t show up and Gerald is the leader of the defense. He has to take responsibility.”
Joe won’t fully go there. It wasn’t the defense of the Bucs that failed in December, it was the offense because it was pretty much a two-man gang, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, and Mike Evans. Cam Brate got hurt against the Saints and it ended his season.
When the Bucs needed to score in the fourth quarter at Dallas and at New Orleans, they crapped in their pants. The lone fourth-quarter score in both games combined was a Roberto Aguayo field goal. Both games were one-score margins.
Could the defense maybe have played better in the second half at New Orleans? Perhaps, but how many teams are able to shut down Drew Brees in his own house, c’mon?