McCoy’s Growing Pains More Evident In Carolina

September 21st, 2010

So what the hell actually happened on the Bucs’ D-line on Sunday?

Well, as always, former Bucs DE Steve White has that question answered in full detail on his blog. His Xs and Os heavy Bull Rush column now lives over there.

White breaks down all the D-linemen, and here’s the take on Gerald McCoy, who White is holding to high standard.

Gerald McCoy: I had mixed feelings watching McCoy yesterday. On the one hand he was productive with two tackles and two assists along with a quarterback pressure. He really played the slip blocks and double teams well in my opinion. And his effort, as always, was outstanding.

But on the other hand I thought he regressed as far as his pass rushing went. Especially when it comes to pass rushing play action on early downs. Too many times I saw him just running right down the middle of guards with no plan on how to get off the block to try to get to the quarterback. And I saw him in wayyy too many K Lang’s* against an offensive line that I thought he would dominate. He also came out of a pirate defensive line stunt instead of staying in the gap and he ran what looked to be a pass rush game with another defensive tackle and instead of looping around the opposite side guard where he likely would have gotten a hit on the quarterback, he stopped in the middle of the game and tried to go back the other day.

Obviously those things didn’t hurt us too terribly yesterday, but against a better team it will. On the line stunt and the pass rush game the thing he has to know is that although he might not come free if he runs it right its highly likely that someone else will. But conversely when he doesn’t go where he is supposed to be, with violent intentions, he will end up in a situation where he isn’t in position to make the play and nobody else is either. And when it comes to pass rushing he just has to be ready every play to make a move. Its not like he can’t get good pressure with a bull rush, but for a guy that has his kind of skill and quickness that shouldn’t be his signature move.

Now I don’t want to come down too hard on him because its not like he didn’t play well. But I just have seen what he can do now so that’s what I expect every week. And in fact that’s what that defense is going to need from him every week in order to be special.

Joe was most intrigued by White’s takes on Brian Price, who didn’t get a lot of snaps on Sunday in Carolina. White believes Price’s limited playing time could become an issue.

12 Responses to “McCoy’s Growing Pains More Evident In Carolina”

  1. bucfanjeff Says:

    I wonder if Steve has told Sapp to tell McCoy..?
    I would love to know who’s helping him outside of the team staff.

  2. Earl Says:

    Joe, the link to passing on the game has too many sss in it.

  3. RahDomDaBest Says:

    Maybe Joe doesn’t want to actually redirct you guys… all while stealing Steve’s meat and potatoes?

    It’s what JBF does best! He snippits the filet of the news, and rolls them up right at our finger tips. Joe really has it figured out.

    One centralized spot of many different sources regarding the Bucs. He does the research, we do the surfing. Targeted surfing that is. Thanks Joe, most of us don’t have time to venture all around the web to find Buc news.

    Which is probably why you are #1 in the Bay Area!

  4. RahDomDaBest Says:

    That and you don’t ban users who say “Raheem Morris is a TERRIBLE coach!”

    He has a looooooooooooong way to go to even be considered an adequete replacement for Gruden.

  5. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    So Joe types an extra “S” and a conspiracy theory hatches? Funny.

    It’s fixed. Has been for a little while. Thanks for the heads up.

  6. RahDomDaBest Says:

    And further more, Joe, we all trust you to tell the story with no spin 😉 Thank you sir!

    May Jimbuc come a crying foul.

  7. TAC Says:

    Lol, the only one looking to “redirct” anyone at this site is you. I’m sure its not personal though, right?

    The sooner Jon(thanks for your part in the trophy)Gruden gets another shot at Coaching an NFL team, the better off bucs fans will be, flushing all the meany face personality nut huggers.

    At what point are Morris, and Dominick going to be ok with you, 10 wins? Playoffs? division title? NFC Champs? SB trophy? Just want to know when to look forward to your complete meltdown as a bucs Coach and management hater.

    They both look to be the real deal right now in the league of Not For Long, and the pressure of winning is going to tell me alot about these guys, but I am damn sure hoping they get it all right soon to get rid of your types, both here and other forums I read as well.

  8. Gatorbuc15 Says:

    It’s only his 2nd game. I have no doubt that he’ll get better. Plus it doesn’t sound like he f##### up the hole game.

  9. TAC Says:

    I think he’s said already this rookie is held to a higher standard, no excuses. I read what Steve says in his blog, and it becomes apparent that they have some latitude when to rush, and when not to. I thought they did a great job at controlling the running game, and thought that was the main goal of the Dline’s gameplan, and it worked.

    Lots of hits and penetration of Dlinemen in the backfield.

    I also chalk it up to the Oline they were playing against, but that is my standard as a fan, his as an ex player in the system isn’t always going to be the same.

  10. Eli Says:

    No mention of Quincy’s sack? McCoy took out two lineman and let Black right through.

  11. McBuc Says:

    TAC…I am in 100% of your posts on this article. Rahdom will never be happy. I wonder if he bashed Gruden when gruden was here…

  12. Teddy Says:

    Would someone please ‘splain what a K Lang is?