Strong Reviews For McCoy, GilberryAugust 14th, 2012
Former Bucs DE Steve White (1996-2001) has studied film of the Bucs-Dolphins game and weighed in on the defensive line play.
White, who doesn’t sugarcoat, came away encouraged, so he told Ronnie Lane on WDAE-AM 620. And White says fans shouldn’t worry about Gerald McCoy’s performance, if he can stay healthy.
“[I saw] what I’ve seen for the last couple of years, especially last year before he got hurt, he’s got that phenomenal get-off and he’s getting penetration in the backfield and he’s cleaned up some things with his pass rush,” White said. ”Once again, it comes down to this, if he plays 16 games, he’s going to be a great player for this year. If he gets hurts, then it’s all for naught. But he’s got everything you want for a 3-technique right now when you watch him on the field.”
White also was encouraged by Michael Bennett mixing in more speed rush, and “I think Wallace Gilberry’s going to stick and I think he’s actually going to get some good playing time,” White said.
Gilberry, a defensive end, had 2 1/2 sacks and forced two fumbles for Kansas City last season. He didn’t miss a game for the Chiefs over the past three seasons in a reserve role.
Joe’s pleased to hear good things from White, but Joe’s sort of numb to all talk when it comes to the defensive line as a unit. It’s been so long since the Bucs have stopped the run or generated a pass rush that isn’t at the bottom of the NFL. Joe has to see it happen in a few real games to become a believer.