Distraught Gerald McCoy Could Barely SpeakSeptember 23rd, 2012
The Bucs were close. They played hard. The defense was strong. The Bucs battled.
These are the time-honored cliches of the vanquished. And similar utterances were heard on the Bucs radio network when Bucs stud defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was interviewed.
And GMC would have none of it.
At points, so disgusted by the loss, it almost seemed like GMC was about to burst into tears. GMC didn’t want to hear any rationalizations or tripe about moral victories. The Bucs lost and GMC was sickened.
GMC was reminded that today, with two sacks and a forced fumble, was likely his best as a professional.
GMC, clearly emotionally drained, didn’t want to hear about it. The Bucs lost, he said, and that was what was truly important.
“The Cowboys played a great game,” GMC said. “They made the plays. We didn’t. The start? The start was fine but “finish” is the word. Doesn’t matter how well or how fast we start.
“Getting to Cowboys quarterback Tony “Romo? Doesn’t matter because we didn’t get the ‘W,’ that’s all that matters. We didn’t win, that’s all that matters.”
Joe could just feel the pain in GMC’s voice; it made a listener cringe. But Joe applauds GMC that, despite a fantastic game, he would have taken a no-tackle, no-assist, no-sack, invisible game if the result was a victory.
That’s the type of player Joe likes and appreciates.