Wash Says McCoy Is Five Plays Away

November 11th, 2010

For some reason the local newspaper scribes have decided to focus on Gerald McCoy and the anemic pass rush today, and changes coming to the defensive line play.

Joe’s merely browsed through the assorted mumbo jumbo, since Joe prefers his D-line analysis from former Bucs defensive lineman Steve White’s blog, which is usually light years ahead of the curve.

But one quote in Sarasota Herald-Tribune beat writer Tom Balog’s story stood out to Joe. It comes from Bucs D-line coach Todd Wash on Gerald McCoy.

“He’s really, I’d say, five plays away from having five sacks and being right where he needs to be,” said Buccaneers defensive line coach Todd Wash. “Maybe it’s technique letdown. He’s close. He’s seeing those little tiny things that maybe he got away with in college are really keeping him from getting three or four sacks up to this point.”

Now if stats are for losers, then who are almost stats are for? Stats like the five plays Wash is talking about.

Joe has to see it on the field at this point. The Bucs are winning, but they’re awful against the run and they’re flirting with the NFL record for fewest sacks in a season. 

Joe wants to see if the Bucs can really coach up the young linemen on the fly and realize some success from the youth. They’ll need it to make a real playoff run.

16 Responses to “Wash Says McCoy Is Five Plays Away”

  1. Gary Says:

    Then do what you know needs to be done Wash! Stop talking about it and fix it! While your at it, how about coaching up the other members of the D-line, I know their techniques are perfect either.

  2. Gary Says:

    *aren’t perfect either.

  3. Pete Dutcher Says:

    I think perhaps the rest of the defensive line also has a job to do. McCoy may be the media target, but we have another DT and 2 DEs that are not getting sacks as well.

    And while it’s true McCoy is a first round pick, he can only do just so much. Put the guys that are next to Suh on our line and you would likely see McCoy explode.

  4. BamBamBuc Says:

    Let’s look at this from a slightly different perspective. How about veteran leadership? I mean, that’s what Suh has on his line, right?

    Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean “as a player”. We have no veteran leadership at the QB position, but we brought in Alex Van Pelt (former QB/coach) to be the QB coach. Look what that’s done for Freeman. We have no real veteran leadership at the WR position, but we brought in Eric Yarber (former WR/coach) to coach up the WRs. Look what that’s done for Williams and Benn.

    Wash is struggling to coach the D-linemen, but more than that, he’s not a veteran D-lineman that these guys can relate to. Does that mean only a former position player can be a position coach? By no means. A good coach will get the job done anyway. That said, Wash is not exactly a good coach. Combine that with the fact these guys can’t relate to him as a position coach and we get no progress. We get almost stats and excuses.

    The Bucs need to either hire a better position coach, bring in a veteran D-lineman as an assistant to our current coach, maybe pay a former D-lineman as a consultant to come in during the week and work one-on-one with a few guys or something. I’m guessing we won’t see any change until the off-season. Too bad we’re wasting one year of these guys short careers learning absolutely nothing.

  5. Jamie Says:

    I don’t know if it’s exactly an all-star cast on the Lions D-line, but they do have some above average guys.

    Vanden-Bosch was a Pro-Bowler a year or two ago, and Corey Williams has historically been a beast when he’s played DT, rather than DE in a 3-4 like he was playing for the Browns and Green Bay.

    Honestly, I think Suh was, is, and always will be a world-beater at DT, and that he’ll have a better career than GMC if he can avoid injuries.

    That said, McCoy can still be a Pro-Bowler, and a star for us on defense, provided we get some talent around him and a NEW LINE COACH.

  6. Posey99 Says:

    I think mccoy will be fine, but what a stupid statement by wash:

    “He’s really, I’d say, five plays away from having five sacks”

    Ummm duh… idiot 🙂 yeah and he’s 10 plays away from having 10 sacks

  7. lightningbuc Says:


    You’re only five dates away from scoring five times with Rachel Watson.

  8. Joe Says:


    DON’T TEASE JOE like that!!! 🙂

  9. Dave Says:

    Off subject but relates to the defensive play.

    No doubt they go DE in round 1. I have been saying the next two picks should be a MLB and another De in no particular order (I think they should go after Sheppard, the MLB at LSU- he should be there in round 2).

    HOWEVER, if Deunta Williams SS at UNC is there in round 2…. tough call. He is a big safety with speed who hits. He is also a ball hawk. Why he is projected in round 2-3 right now… I don’t know. have a feeling he’ll be goinng up and this will be a moot point.

  10. MJ Says:

    LOL Posey I thought the exact same thing when i read that comment. I bet there have been hundreds of linemen who have been “close” their entire careers but never got it and therefore never stuck in the league.

  11. tha truth is... Says:

    even Sapp said our d-line footwork & technique was off when they were in Preseason with tha tackling dummies, which led 2 his comment on helping McCoy. Fire Wash and sing with me…this is tha way we Wash our hands, Wash our hands, Wash our hands

  12. Jamie Says:

    What happened to everyone calling for a RB in round 1 or 2? Suddenly its all defense? Has Blount really made made that big an impact?

  13. architek79 Says:

    You are delivering in the clutch, getting the inside on the DL issues is substantial coverage! I think this thing is playing out exactly how it should, the pretenders are being weeded out and the keepers are rising to the top. Wash is one of the last few remaining pieces that was a quick hire that should be gone and he will be based on performance in the off-season.

  14. BamBamBuc Says:

    Todd Wash is one game away from being fired.

  15. rick hammersmith Says:

    this just: todd wash is about a burrito short of a combination plate!

  16. rick hammersmith Says:

    this just in: todd wash is about a burrito short of a combination plate!