McCoy Regret In St. Louis?December 20th, 2013
Joe’s always sniffing around sports radio in the cities of Bucs opponents and reading all kinds of reports to get the pulse of the opposition.
Twice in the past week, Joe has picked up on a little regret in the hearts of Rams faithful and media that they didn’t draft Gerald McCoy with the No. 1 overall pick in 2010.
The Rams, of course, chose McCoy’s college teammate, Sam Bradford, and gave him the whopping, pre-rookie-salary-cap gift of $50 million guaranteed. Ouch!.
Bradford is hurt and hasn’t accomplished much in four season. And yesterday a St. Louis reporter told Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer that the Rams were considering drafting McCoy and asked what Schottenheimer thought of him.
Schottenheimer didn’t hold back much.
“You know, not to throw compliments, but I mean one of the best interior defensive linemen in the league, playing at a high level. Just so disruptive. He’s so quick off the ball, so strong and powerful. His counter moves, when you get him in a certain situation he’s able to counter and come back inside,” Schottenheimer said of McCoy. “Again, they do a good job of moving him around. He’s got eight or 8 1/2 [sacks], and he’s probably come close on another 10 or 12 (laughs). He’s a force to be reckoned with.”
McCoy has come a long way, and Joe’s sure glad he’s not in between Chris Long and Robert Quinn on the Rams’ defensive line. Earlier this week, Greg Schiano told media that the “B-word” (aka “bust”) was being tossed around about McCoy when Schiano arrived in Tampa. Frankly, that was true, albeit not totally fair at the time.
But given that McCoy claims the New Schiano Order taught him the fine points of tackling, Joe probably has to agree. If you can’t tackle after two NFL seasons, then, yeah, you’re a bust on some level.
Joe still wants to see more from McCoy. Start converting some of those lost sack opportunities, and make more game-changing plays. In a tight game like the Bucs-Rams game should be, that could make all the difference.