“Have To Get Something From These Other Cats”August 18th, 2014
A prominent former Buccaneer is blown away by the preseason dominance of Gerald McCoy but is wondering aloud where his defensive linemates are?
Joe’s been thinking the same thing.
When a manbeast tackle like McCoy is playing like a Hall of Famer, perhaps better than Warren Sapp, those around McCoy must take advantage of all the attention on No. 93.
Former Bucs guard Ian Beckles (1990-1996) was ranting about it this morning on WDAE-AM 620.
Yes, Beckles, formerly the lead public critic of McCoy, has been totally won over. And Beckles says Clinton McDonald, Adrian Clayborn, Akeem Spence and Michael Johnson need to show up and feast at the table McCoy is setting for them.
“With him playing like Warren Sapp, and I’m going compare him to Warren Sapp because that’s what Warren did; He made you compensate for him, because the center has to go [help] and the other guard’s going to be under a lot of stress to block on the backside,” Beckles said.
“We have to get something from these other cats. Because I’m telling you what, Clayborn doesn’t impress me right now. And Michael Johnson’s not real impressive right now. You pay guys all kinds of money now, don’t stand around and watch Gerald McCoy go off. Because Simeon Rice didn’t. Marcus Jones didn’t. And Brad Culpepper didn’t. Some of these other guys have to step up.”
Beckles also ranted on a more technical level on how McCoy is dominating, saying the center being too slow Saturday when coming to help is a very bad sign for offenses trying to stop McCoy and his extreme explosiveness.
Joe will add that those around McCoy must step up to help McCoy stay injury-free. If teams feel too comfortable double- and triple-teaming McCoy all season, then he’s sure to wear down. (You can hear Beckles’ full audio below. Bucs talk picks up about the 5 minute mark.)