Gerald McCoy Knew BetterSeptember 8th, 2013
Joe is getting inundated by Bucs fans who are crying that Lavonte David is not at fault for handing the Jets the upset win. Instead, they claim David did the right thing by shoving Jets quarterback Geno Smith out of bounds, drawing a late-hit penalty, which gave the Jets a chance to kick a game-winning field goal.
Joe is covering the game in New Jersey and was just chatting with good guy Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com, who told Joe to watch the replay of the play in question because Gerald McCoy understood the circumstance and pulled up on the play.
Indeed. In this NFL.com video, at the 2:30 mark, you can see that GMC clearly had an angle on Smith as the Jets quarterback was headed out of bounds to kill the clock, and GMC pulled up on the play as to avoid getting flagged for a personal foul, which is exactly what happened to David.
The difference was GMC used his head on the play.