Gerald McCoy Honored By Warren Sapp Visit

August 11th, 2011

Since he finished his college days at Oklahoma, Gerald McCoy and former Bucs great Warren Sapp have been tight.

It’s not just because the two are (or in Sapp’s case, was) defensive tackles. It’s not just because both were first round draft picks of the Bucs. But it’s because GMC idolized Sapp as a youngster, even told Larry Coker he would play for the Canes if Sapp would call him.

Coker never followed up on the request and GMC went to Norman instead.

Because of GMC’s respect, Sapp took GMC under his wing and has personally worked out with GMC. Now, with Sapp’s hand-picked defensive tackles coach Keith Millard working with the Bucs, Sapp is even closer to the team.

Yesterday Sapp sat in on a defensive line meeting and spoke with the defensive lineman. GMC made sure he paid homage to Sapp on Twitter.

@Geraldini93: Good work with @QBKILLA today. Schooled us in the meeting room and on life. “Worst 3 Words you can say is “I Got It” you never have it.” … Keep working. Witnessed greatness. @QBKILLA true professional. True legend!! Future HOF. Much love for the knowledge. Buying into all of it!

Joe has written this before that he believes Millard will make great strides with GMC. Per GMC, he already has.

With Sapp also counseling GMC, how exactly can GMC go wrong?

21 Responses to “Gerald McCoy Honored By Warren Sapp Visit”

  1. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    To all those new to Joe Bucs Fan, I’d like to introduce you to the infamous Thomas 2.2″ ……………

  2. TrueBlue Says:

    Pity the fool…er.. QB who stands in the pocket.

  3. SteveK Says:

    Sapp is the man, the influence he can bestow upon our hound D-linemen is priceless. Keep’em “youngry”!

  4. Dave Says:

    Stay thirsty my friend.

  5. thomas 2.2 Says:

    Thanks for the lead-in Hawaiian, you should travel with me as my jester:

    There is nothing bad about Sapp mentoring GMC, I appreciate GMC’s respect for Sapp. I also appreciate GMC’s acceptance of how bad he was last year, something that you fanatics won’t accept.

    Remember, I have said that GMC will end up being a nice, middle-of-the-road NFL DT. He will earn his starting position and be there for a while. I have always correctly argued that he was not close to the player that Suh is and not worthy of the number 3 overall and 50+ million. It was you sheep that started off the arguing with me that McCoy was better than Suh (because that was what the org spun after the 2010 draft) until about week 3 when it was obvious that I was correct and you shifted the argument to “it takes D Linemen years to mature in the NFL.”

    McCoy is doing some things better, I expect to see some improvement; assuming he can shake the injury-bug.

  6. Buc Neckid Says:

    Wonder if Sapp gave McCoy and Price tips on staying Healthy.
    Got to be on the field if you want to be great in this league.
    You Got it?

  7. OAR Says:

    Glad to hear the Qkilla is still making it around One Buc and dishing advice to the young guns!

  8. New Era Bucs Says:

    You got that right Joe. You would have to be pretty simple not to see the great promise in McCoy and his future. With Sapp and Millard in his corner, McCoy should explode onto the season this year

  9. Bucbeliever Says:

    GMC has no excuses to fail anymore…I mean when Sapp comes to town and is standing by his hand-picked D-line coach, there’s not more you could do…

    GO BUCS!

  10. OB Says:

    Joe, almost none of the above didn’t get the “I got it”, it is a line, a team effort, not an individual effort. Suh was great last year, but why were the Lions beaten so many times? They didn’t have a good team that played together.

    It is just like all the talk about signing all of these free agents, how many of them are team players?

    As for injuries, they are the luck of the draw in most part.

  11. Eric Says:

    Not fair to compare anyone to Sapp, he was the best.

    The group at one buc place brings such comparisons on themselves, witness the big pic of Gerald at the stadium, and the grandiose remarks Dom and Rah are prone to make.

    “most physical bucs team ever” “total dominance” blah blah blah.

    Sapp did the same when he played. However, the man backed it up.

    I prefer the Dungy approach – no excuses, no explanations.

  12. TopDoggie Says:

    @thomas 2.2 I was on here evey day before McCoy was drafted and I never saw the He was better than Suh you are talking about.

  13. thomas 2.2 Says:

    OB (Odd Ball):

    The lions lost so many games, except against the bucs in Tampa with their 3rd string qb (the equivalent of Rudy Caroenter) playing. Oops, must have forgot that one.

    How many games do you think that the bucs would win without their franchise qb? any? I have my doubts.

  14. thomas 2.2 Says:


    The great exaggerator Rah suggested that they would have taken mccoy numer 1 overall, that is where my arguments (supported by facts including the college careers of suh and mccoy from the same conference).

    Also, many predicted that McCoy would be faster than Suh in speed and agility drills with Suh being much stronger. Nope, Suh was faster in every drill and much, much stronger. Many mocked McCoy’s embarrassing performance on the bench at the combine.

  15. TopDoggie Says:

    @Thomas 2.2 I think Rah shed a tear when Suh went. He would never admit it though. I hope Bowers turns out to be the steal of the decade.

  16. Buc N' A Says:

    There will never be another 99. Judging Suh and GMC now is VERY premature. Suh could blow out a knee and be done before he even gets tarted. GMC could turn into a beast or a bust. No one knows. We’ll have to wait and see. I have, however, figured Thomas out. He sticks to one thing and bangs on it and bangs on it no matter what. His goal. His dream is to be the “I told you so” guy. Nothing else matters. He just needs to feel superior. Even if it means years of him looking like a well less than superior. Good luck with that. Go Bucs!

  17. McBuc Says:

    Bucna…You are bucnright! Thomas may not recall Sapp also had a horrible bench press at the combine. Vinnie T had a great one though. They called him old man in Dallas, until he out benched everyone that was no on the line. Not that a QB’s bench means that much, but really niether does a d linemen’s. I am not sure what Rah should have said after Detroit drafted AHEAD of the Bucs and took Suh. Maybe Thomas feels he should have said “Well, we missed out on a once in a life time pick, but we went with the second best. I sure hope he plays good for us. Man, I sure wish Detroit did not pick AHEAD of us”. Of course he is going to prop his guy up. Also, some said GMC was better suited for our defense, but most said that the Bucs would pick Suh if for some unknown reason Detroit passed on him. Thomas makes struff up to try and boisture his position as a negative jack ass. Stubborn to the end.

  18. McBuc Says:

    You do have to wonder how good Suh would have been lined up next to last years tampa bay starters. I am sure he would have been good, but not anyting near the beast he was for the mighty Lions.

  19. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    I love it when a player stinks and the “players around him stink” card is played. Great players make those around them better, like freeman and suh, poor players, like 2010 gmc, have the opposite effect.

  20. TopDoggie Says:

    @Thomas how good was Sapp his first two years?

  21. SRQBucFan Says:

    Oh yah Detroit beating us? i’ll give you that on a technicality. 1st. the NFl sent the Bucs an apology letter for taking away K2’s Touchdown. As for Suh… well from watching that game. He was a little disruptive. But was quiet most of the game. If i remember correctly. Even got stiff armed by Freeman on a almost sack. Comparing Suh And GMC is not fair unless u compare all aspects of their game. Suh is a Very Very Strong person and can basically man handle lineman. GMC on the other hand is ALOT faster, and relies on his speed and burst to get him into the back field. The difference here for a first year player. Suh can just move the man and go after the QB. So his learning curve was smaller. just move em and rush. GMC had to learn how to get by a lineman in a different way. So you have to learn how to deal with them when u rely on your speed to just get by them. His 2nd year should be a GREAT improvement. We can talk about who’s better after year 3 tho.