The Gary Gibson Effect On McCoySeptember 9th, 2012
Even a novice football fan watching the Bucs-Panthers game today could tell that Gerald McCoy was a major force on the football field.
McCoy was disruptive. He had his hands on Cam Newton. He sacked Cam Newton. He was a force in the run defense. He didn’t get hurt.
What’s the difference in McCoy? Well, one of them is Gary Gibson in the Bucs locker room and playing alongside McCoy. After the game, McCoy took a moment to credit the veteran newcomer for McCoy’s performance.
“Gary, he’s a vet. He’s very smart. He teaches me little things, little things I need to focus on, little things I need to see, little things he sees that I can do that he knows I can do and need to go execute. And it helped me out a lot today,” McCoy said.
Gibson wasn’t seen much this preseason but got plenty of snaps today and was disruptive himself. Gibson told Joe he’s healthy now and always eager to teach young guys like McCoy.
“Just being an older guy in the league, you know, as you’re playing, you get like little vet moves and little things you see before they happen to make you play faster,” Gibson said. “You know we got a lot of young guys. I’m more than happy to help Gerald; he’s a great player. I’m just being the old vet in the D-line room. Just being knowledgable and sharing.”
Joe’s still speechless at the D-line play today. Somebody give Gibson a raise.