McDonald Will Back Up McCoyAugust 24th, 2014
Gerald McCoy got light duty yesterday in Buffalo and the Bucs were still dominant on defense. In one early series, McCoy even sat out a first and a second down before coming in on third.
In that instance, it was Clinton McDonald sliding over to do what he did for the Super Bowl champs last season.
That was where he was the swingman defensive tackle, “nose and 3[technique],” in the Seahawks’ punishing rotation.
“I feel pretty comfortable out there. Coach wants to give me a couple of looks [filling in for McCoy] in case anything happens or, you know, just for me to be ready. But I feel pretty comfortable at 3-technique,” McDonald said.
Akeem Spence filled in for McDonald and explained to Joe after the game that he’ll strictly be a nose tackle rotating in.
Lovie Smith acknowledged in his postgame news conference that Spence, McCoy and McDonald are his “three-man rotation,” and an effort was made to get McCoy extra rest.
Where Da’Quan Bowers might fit in as a potential interior lineman, if at all, is pure guesswork.