Speaking Sapp’s Language — FinallyAugust 16th, 2014
There’s really no limit to the praise Gerald McCoy deserves for his performance tonight against Miami.
Reflecting a bit in the locker room following his truly dominant effort tonight, McCoy said he’s always been a good learner but a slow learner through his life.
And considering the serious injuries he suffered during his first two seasons, it’s no surprise that it took him a few seasons to jell and blossom.
“I’ve always been like that with anything. It takes me a second to get going,” McCoy said. “Everything is moving in slow motion now, not that the game [isn't fast]. Once you get comfortable in anything, it moves slow and you react a lot smoother, you start seeing a lot of different things you didn’t used to see. You just know how to adjust to whatever is being thrown at you. It just comes with working, man. I watch so much film, constant film, constant film on legends.”
Sapp explained that the many lessons he’s absorbed from his mentor, Warren Sapp, hadn’t take hold previously the way they have this season. Now, McCoy said, Sapp speaks and McCoy understands and can process it quickly.
“Especially now with the scheme we’re in, we’re speaking the same language. He says something, and I’m like, “Oh, I know what you’re talking about,’” McCoy said.
The message from McCoy jibes with something Sapp told Joe about McCoy. Sapp made it clear that McCoy is better than he is because Sapp never could have been successful playing in Greg Schiano’s defense, but somehow McCoy found a way.
Yes, McCoy is peaking now. Bucs fans are watching a superstar in his prime. Joe’s only wish is that McCoy gets some help from his defensive ends, which he didn’t get tonight. Amazingly, McCoy shredded double teams like Joe carves up a Thanksgiving turkey.