Who Will Coach Suh Or McCoy?

March 16th, 2010

Will Todd Wash's coaching be music to Gerald McCoy's ears should he land in Tampa Bay?

Joe’s like just about every other Bucs fan: He has been so blinded in his football lust for either defensive tackles\ manbeast Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy, Joe forgot to ponder their immediate future.

That would be who will coach Suh/McCoy.

Well, former Bucs defensive lineman Steve White hasn’t forgotten. On his blog, White takes a look at Bucs defensive line coach Todd Wash, who will be in charge of developing Suh/McCoy.

Wash, per a confusingly-written biography on the Buc’s website, returns to coaching the defensive front line after solely concentrating as the Bucs defensive ends coach last year. In 2008 ,he also coached the Bucs front four, his first NFL stint as a defensive line coach.

Let’s just say that White isn’t overly impressed with Wash’s past work.

Listen, for all I know Todd Wash is going to turn one of those guys into the next Reggie White next year and erase any doubt about his prowess as a defensive line coach. I for one would be the first to salute him if he does. But what has he shown in his career thus far that would inspire that kind of faith in him and his abilities? You can discard last year’s performance all you want but then you still have to acknowledge 2008 where Ryan Sims led all defensive tackles with 1.5 sacks on the season and Gaines led all ends with 6.5. I don’t know that Coach Marinelli EVER went through a season where the highest sack total for one of his interior lineman was 2 or less let alone allow that for two years straight, and he is the type of guy that Wash is going to need to try to emulate.

I saw enough head scratching calls on the defensive line this year to further make me skeptical of what we are going to get from Suh or McCoy if we draft one of them. Time and time again we either didn’t run any pass rush games or the ones we ran were harry high school type stuff. Not only that but to this day I am still trying to understand why in the game where White was hurt we moved Jimmy Wilkerson from his starting position at left end over to right end, and then allowed Tim Crowder who backs up both starts to start at left end which didn’t take advantage of either of their strengths.

You put that all together and you have a recipe for disappointment. Again I could be wrong and I hope I am, but put me on record right now saying that if we draft Suh or McCoy neither guy will have more than 5 sacks next year. That’s not hating that’s being realistic based on the evidence at hand.

Of course that’s not hating, that’s insight! Such research and insight is why Joe is humbled that White writes a weekly “Bull Rush” column for him.

This is an excellent question: If Suh/McCoy lands in Tampa Bay, can fans confidently expect them to be coached up enough to help save the defense, and in turn save Raheem the Dream’s job?

7 Responses to “Who Will Coach Suh Or McCoy?”

  1. TJ Tillman Says:

    you mentioned Coach Marinelli I know Morris had worked with him before just wondered why he was never broought in as a assiantant or D-cordinator. He cant be brought in now cause he is in Chicago and I think he might be the D0cordinator

  2. Louie Says:

    Steve, you’re such a kill-joy! Is there ANYTHING on this team to be optimistic about!!!??? The ONLY thing I can think of is an easy schedule — everything else is pointing towards another VERY BAD season.

  3. Eric Says:

    Wow, that is depressing. Remember the kind of staff Mr. Dungy was able to assemble?

    And I do not believe the offensive side of the ball is any more uplifting.

    But, we do have a heck of a special teams coach.

  4. Christian Says:

    I don’t think Wash has had much to work with, but reading all this with his bio there’s surely no reason to be confident. Steve White would know. Hard to even compare these bucs with those teams of 10 years ago sad to say that’s ancient history at this point.

  5. JoeBucsSteveCampbell Says:

    Steve makes a good point, Rod got pass rushing production out of guys like James Cannida & Tyoka Jackson.

  6. Louie Says:

    It would have been really interesting to see what Rod would have done w/Gaines. We’ll never know, but I bet Rod would have made Gaines more successful. There’s a reason they gave up a 2nd for him.

  7. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    I suggest the great Steve White should coach them . Who better, considering he is the end-all be-all of football knowledge .

    DOn’t believe me?? Just ask him !