Gerald McCoy Talks To Joe

January 18th, 2012

Last week for the BCS National Championship game, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had a Tweetup, in association with Verizon Wireless, where GMC’s Twitter followers were invited to hang out with him and watch football and shoot the breeze.

Roughly 50 Bucs fans/GMC followers found their way to Courtside Grille in St. Petersburg to mingle with GMC and fellow Bucs defensive tackle Roy Miller who joined in the fun.

GMC was kind enough to give Joe a brief moment to talk Bucs.

JoeBucsFan: Tell us about this event. This is really neat that you would reach out to Bucs fans like this.

Gerald McCoy: This is great, coming out here and talking to the fans. I want the fans to know they are part of the team, watch some football tonight with the fans. We are nothing without the fans. Without the fans, there is no NFL, no NBA, no MLS, nothing. They help pay our salaries. They support us. The fans make us who we are. I love them.

Joe: Have you talked to [fired Bucs defensive line coach] Keith Millard?

GMC: (Grimaces and shakes his head “No.”)

Joe: I’m sure that Millard being fired with the rest of the coaches is a bummer for you because you never got a chance to work with him for an entire year.

GMC: It’s a business. The NFL is a business. Me and him, we were pretty tight.

Joe: You think there is a chance the Bucs could bring him back with the new coach?

GMC: I don’t know, we’ll see what happens.

Joe: You were obviously much better after you had time to spend with him. What did he tell you or coach you up on that helped you out so much?

GMC: When you are playing in a game, you have to be like a wild animal, you can’t let anything stop you from reaching your goal and that goal is the quarterback. You have to be like a killer, an assassin. He made me into the player I am today.

Joe: Noticed on Twitter recently you wrote you were ahead of schedule in your rehab.

GMC: Yeah, I’m not supposed to rotate my arm, but I’m already lifting weights and I’m right back to full training. I’m going back to San Diego to train like I did last year.

I’m not lopsided no more!

38 Responses to “Gerald McCoy Talks To Joe”

  1. Jrock (mobile) Says:

    Is it true that the surgery he had actually strengthens the bicept muscle? So will both ams actually be stronger thn when he was born in say, a years time?

  2. Paul Says:

    Millard took a group of nearly ruined players on a team with absolutely no leadership, structure, or accountability and made them into the least embarrassing unit on the team. Crappy call on Dom going on the defensive and s-canning him to save his own hide.

  3. RastaMon Says:

    the DL is the least of our worries… will actually be the strenght….right out of the shoot next September and all season long….

  4. Big Picture Guy Says:

    Thomas could never be a brewer or wine maker. I can’t imagine him having the patience to wait for the youthful wart and malt to mix and build flavor while the yeast ferments and adds alcohol and carbonation. He would never get drunk!!

  5. Big Picture Guy Says:

    Aww his post is gone as soon as I’m done writing that!?!??! What gives??? That was hysterical 2.2 ranting at its best!!!

  6. Jarret Says:

    It’s fitting that the picture of mccoy is in street clothes and not in a jersey

  7. eric Says:

    This guys brain is not fully developed.

  8. Fired Greg Olson! Says:

    Most everyone’s arms are stronger than when they were born….

  9. TurnThePage Says:

    [You’ve been dancing the dance of going over the line of late and you just happened to catch Joe in the wrong mood. Say hello to Thomas 2.2. — Joe.]

  10. Patrick Says:

    Gerald, you better freaking learn how to STAY HEALTHY on the field or else I hope they get another DT to replace you. We didn’t spent a first round pick worth $63 million for you to end up on IR for your first 2 seasons!

  11. Raphael Says:

    He talks too damn much….

  12. FreemanBomb5 Says:

    He is such a nice guy off the field. That being said I’m really hoping he has a long healthy career, we haven’t quite got our return from the third overall pick. Shame because unlike Adams, McCoy shows flashes of a potentially dominant defensive tackle he just can’t stay healthy. When we missed on Adams, I as well as most others pretty much knew we screwed up right away.

    If we end up missing on this springs draft pick, that could be a great indication as to why we have such little talent. Since 2005 we’ve picked in the top 5 four different times including this year. Only Gerald McCoy is still even on the roster. In 2007 we passed on AP, Revis Island, Lawrence Timmons, Jon Beason, Ben Grubbs and Patrick Willis for Gaines. In 2005 passed on Demarcus Ware, Logan Mankins, Roddy White, Aaron Rodgers for Cadillac Williams (which is why I’m against drafting Richardson). Verdict is still out on GMC, but so far it isn’t looking good. Point is it’s no wonder why we suck, look at our horrible decisions when equipped with a difference changing draft pick.

  13. TheProsUseAdvoCare Says:

    @Raphael How does he talk too much? This is the first I’ve heard of him in a long time. How many interviews has he had since his injury?

  14. TheProsUseAdvoCare Says:

    @Jrock Yes it is true that after surgeries to repair torn tendons, muscles, ligaments etc it is possible to make them stronger than nature intended by attaching certain muscle fibers to different insertion points.

    It is amazing what science has accomplished. I do find it a bit odd that it is legal to surgically alter the body to enhance performance but GH and testosterone boosters are illegal.

  15. TheProsUseAdvoCare Says:

    I don’t understand why people are complaining about the money GMC is making. It isn’t coming out of any fan’s pocket and the Bucs have more than enough cap room to absorb the payments.

  16. Jon Says:

    Good news. With him,Price,Bowers,and Clayborn having another off season,D Line could be pretty good with some good coaching.

  17. Forrest Gumpkin Says:

    Ah yes, the silly face of an assassin (sigh). I swear, this guy’s crib was coated in lead paint.

  18. Luther Says:

    Millard was the one coach that I didn’t want to see fired.

  19. Says:

    “GMC: It’s a business. The NFL is a business. Me and him, we were pretty tight.

    Joe: Have you talked to [fired Bucs defensive line coach] Keith Millard?

    GMC: (Grimaces and shakes his head “No.”)”

    Pretty tight huh?

  20. BecklesHeartsRuud Says:

    joe- Was just noticing the ban hammer you dropped on turnthepage and saw the bit about 2.2. Did 2.2 get banned?????!!! Please tell me it is so!!! I might actually feel the need to return to regular posting without the uber-troll around.

  21. BecklesHeartsRuud Says:

    Oh and BTW I cant wait to see a full season of GMC. The odds of a third season ending injury in his first three seasons are ridiculously low. If Matt Stafford can stay healthy so can GMC. I will welcome back all the haters to the fold when GMC finally takes his place and they all claim they always knew he would. It really has made me sick that fans have turned on him solely because of his injuries when anyone with eyeballs could see that he was a major impact player when he was on the field this year. Its no coincidence that the complete nosedive the Bucs defense experienced coincided with the loss of GMC. With GMC on the field earlier in the year the Bucs were a stifling run defense. Without him they apparently didn’t even want to try. Its like the back seven knew the guy who was going to slow backs down in the backfield was gone and so they just stayed back on their heels whiffing the rest of the season once he went down.

  22. bucfanlostiniowa Says:

    Sounds like there was a good Glass McCoy joke and I missed it

  23. BecklesHeartsRuud Says:

    Freemanbomb5- So you are against us picking Richardson but you list Adrian Peterson as someone we should have picked over Gaines Adams? Go google the term logic. Richardson has the potential to be the next big thing in NFL running backs. Scouts and teams have wised up to over valuing running backs. Thats why Ingram was the first one taken last year in the 20’s. The fact that Richardson is seen as a potential top 5 pick means he is seen as a potential AP type talent.

  24. Raphael Says:

    Proadvocare … I was and still is a fan but the play does not match the talk anymore… 2 years 2 injuries….the jury is still out on him

  25. yar Says:

    McCoy is a clown. He won’t be around long.

  26. Architek Says:

    A lot of the Bucs run defense issues were alignment errors that can be fixed with the some teaching and more veteran presence. GMC is not a bomb or garbage and we can’t deny his potential but his production isn’t there and we have such a small sample size to base hopes on. I wish him the best but the likelihood of him living up to his draft status quo is low.

    I think the D-Line has the most potential by default of the highest draft picks spent on the positions. The Bucs should draft HEAVY offense and speed at WR/TE. Go hard on defense FA for the defense and on the O-Line. We need six new starters on defense including a new safety, two linebackers, two new CB’s, and veteran DLine depth.

    I think it is admirable that GMC cares about the fans. It is good to have that sense of accountability and that is great! When I was optimistic about last year I wanted to see some Grit from him and I saw nothing and other feel the same. That’s why the salary topic keeps coming up. This is a critical off-season for the Bucs because I was listening to Sports Radio here in Dallas and they were talking about all of the coaching vacancies. The sad part was they never mentioned Tampa and I mean they talked about Oakland, Miami, Indy, and even Jax but Tampa didn’t even register on the map. That’s indicative of how people outside of St. Pete view this franchise and soon the fans apathy will set in if the Glazers don’t get this right. I must admit, I do like the thoroughness of the process they are taking.

  27. Architek Says:

    This is a first and I agree with you on drafting Richardson on the premise that weapons on offense is just that. Whether it’s a dynamic speed TE, playmaker at WR, or a game changing RB it’s all about influencing the game. We have no one that keeps DC up at night worried about how to stop us and hopefully this draft will change that sediment.

    Also I would like the Bucs to sign Nicks (G) or Finnergan (CB) in FA to come in and start. They are going to have to overpay but thats the price for letting this franchise sink so low.

  28. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Some of you people have some serious issues. So you are criticizing him for what, doing an interview??? Really? So he’s only allowed to do interviews in your eyes if he remains injury free and is a Pro Bowler? And how dare him take a picture making a silly face! He should be cut immediately and kicked out of the league for such a thing. He even said what most of you people are always complaining about, how the fans are the reasons the players make their money. I guarantee you that most NFL players (and pro athletes in general) don’t feel that way. Some of you have nothing better to do than b!tch day in and day out. What a disgrace to the word fan you all are. Simply pathetic.

  29. A REAL Bucs Fan Says:

    Did you really Give “T2.2” the boot? If so…….THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! x1000!!!

    On to the Defensive Line

    Fellow Bucs Fans, DO NOT make the mistake of thinking our D-line is or was our best unit. It is the worse. Only one player on the entire defense played well all year…Clayborn. But even could remove the stink from the line.

    I do think Milliard would have turned the line around by mid-2012 or 2013.

    But with the staff turnover, we’re going to have to wait a little longer…UNLESS we get a beast DT to play next to GMC in free agency. I think GMC is on the verge of a huge break through but Price is not. Price is not bad…he just isn’t great yet and we need a serious threat to garner offensive attentions.

  30. k1ngAdroc Says:

    McCoy should come back with a chip on his shoulder and drive to prove he can play at a high level. I believe he will be a force in the NFL and will anchor the D line for years to come. He’ll mature and his natural talents will as well. We have playmakers on the D line, but they need to get coached up, get healthy and get more experience.

  31. A REAL Bucs Fan Says:

    On GMC:
    I have to wonder…how did the lockout effect his second year? His off-season recovery last year was through a private doctor.

    He also missed out on off season coaching.
    An offseason with Milliard would have worked wonders.

  32. FreemanBomb5 Says:

    Matt Forte, Ray Rice, LeSean McCoy, Arian Foster, and countless others can be premier backs without being drafted in the top five. I’m saying we can’t afford to miss this pick, like we have every other this decade. Drafting a running back increases the odds of our pick busting. Why not just take Claiborne, who can help us out against Newton, Ryan, and Brees for the next decade and draft a Lamar Miller, LaMichael James type later in the draft.

  33. flmike Says:

    I had a chance to talk to GMC for about 5 minutes one day during camp, he is very intelligent & he analyzes everything about the position, on the field it looks like he thinks out every possible move and option instead of just letting go and letting his natural talents & abilities take over.

  34. Sooner in Tampa Says:

    Let’s not forget…the DL could be going through their 3rd coach in 3 years!

    Everybody always recognizes when a QB keeps going through Offensive coaches and how it stunts growth…it’s safe to assume that the D line would have the same problems

  35. Sgt Mike Says:

    Hope this guy can stay healthy and be the player he is supposed to be. Not very many guys come to your team with the level of class and lack of baggage. Everytime he talks to anyone he stays positive and stays focused on the future. You really want him to succeed. Good role model for the younger fans as well. Don’t think we’ll see this kid on the TPD blotter anytime in the future. Good luck GMC! Most of us are REALLY rooting for your Rehab to be successful. @ “4pm GM” Now lets get to work and get this guy some new coaches pronto!

  36. BecklesHeartsRuud Says:

    Whatever you say Freemanbomb- Just dont like it when people try to have strong opinions while at the same time contradicting themselves. Dont list Adrian Peterson as someone the Bucs “missed” on while simultaneously declaring that drafting a RB in the first round is a waste of a pick. So if you want to revise your statement and say the Bucs did the smart thing passing on Peterson then go ahead. The fact is that Trent Richardson might be the best RB prospect since Peterson and it would be stupid for the Bucs to dismiss him out of hand just because he’s a RB.

  37. raphael Says:

    Hawaiian- so far he is a all pro talker and maybe average player….

  38. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Why, because he did an interview? I don’t get your logic. So he can only do interviews if he’s a Pro Bowler? What about Tim Tebow? How many interviews does he do? Is he a pro talker and average player too? So I guess the new rule is, only great players are allowed to open their mouths. All others shall sit in a corner quietly and never speak. Do you even think before you type?