Calling For More “White Lightnin’”April 20th, 2013
Who needs custom-built Roy Miller when you have “White Lightnin’?”
That’s what Gerald McCoy calls Gary Gibson, the former Rutgers defensive tackle who’s one of the last NFL men standing that played in NFL Europe.
Gibson was a rotational guy on a small scale for the Bucs last season, but he had a big impact on Gerald McCoy. Last year, McCoy told Joe how Gibson helped teach him the nuances of the game.
“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,” McCoy said.
Speaking at One Buc Palace this week, McCoy talked more about how Gibson set the tone early with the Bucs last year with his leadership and understanding of the Bucs’ defensive line stunts.
“Gibby was our best movement guy,” McCoy said, referring to Gibson’s technique on the line. “He’s a strong guy. He’s quicker than people think. He’s smart. He knows the game. I excited to see what he can do this year, you know, with more playing time.”
Now as much as Joe wants to be pumped up for all things 2013, Joe can’t get excited, like McCoy, to see more of Gibson. The guy’s a 31-year-old backup, and he fought a lot of nagging injuries that arose in training camp last season.
If Gibson can lead and teach and get a little spot duty, that’s more than fine with Joe. The Bucs need more depth and talent throughout the defensive line.