McCoy A Left-End OptionMay 15th, 2012
When Gerald McCoy joined the Bucs as the No. 3 overall pick in 2010, Raheem Morris quickly had him bouncing all around the defensive line, playing inside and outside.
Raheem was widely criticized for slowing McCoy’s development and mis-using him, and in short time the Bucs’ former defensive mastermind relented and made McCoy his beloved 3-technique only.
Well, some experts are now of the mind that McCoy has the skills to play left defensive end and easily could slide over in a rotation and be the Bucs’ option as the third defensive end behind Michael Bennett and Adrian “Boydog” Clayborn.
The well respected former defensive tackle Tim Ryan and ex-linebackers coach Pat Kirwan, hosts of Movin’ The Chains on SiriusXM NFL Radio, said yesterday in a discussion about the Bucs’ potential options without DaQuan Bowers that McCoy could easily be effective at left defensive end in the Greg Schiano’s scheme.
The consensus was that with Amobi Okoye available, the occasional movement of McCoy from his tackle position could be beneficial.
Maybe the assessment is spot on, but Joe can’t buy in. Joe hasn’t seen many 300-pound ends, and McCoy hardly has honed outside pass-rush moves. It would be interesting to watch, though.