“He’s One Of Them Tough Guys”

May 4th, 2012

The signing of Gary Gibson is really uplifting Joe this morning. Joe’s got a feeling this guy’s going to bring some no-nonense leadership and help bring a new level of intensity to the Bucs’ super-young D-line, in addition to being better against the run than what was currently on the roster.

A veteran presence, a guy like Gibson who has clawed his way to a seven-year career after being undrafted out of Rutgers, should be able to bring some good lessons to eager learners Gerald McCoy and Brian Price.

There’s not a ton of info. out there on Gibson, but here’s how former Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo described him in 2010, when Gibson started all season.

“Gary comes to work every day and he’s a pro,” coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “He’s one of them tough guys.  People I know…everybody around him knows they can count on him.  He does his job real solid.  He’s great to have.”

A “tough guy” hand-picked and brought into the New Schiano World Order? No surprise there. That’s been the theme of the offseason.

30 Responses to ““He’s One Of Them Tough Guys””

  1. Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I wish McCoy was one of them tough guys.

  2. thomas 2.2 Says:

    “Gary comes to work every day and he’s a pro,” coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “He’s one of them tough guys. People I know…everybody around him knows they can count on him.”

    Basically, this guy is the anti-Gerald. With Gibson, Okoye and Price we now have 3 pretty tough players at DT.

    We also have Mr. Finesse who we can inject into the game to guess the snap count and jump into the backfield only to touch noone!

    To bad you don’t get points for avoiding contact as a DT, we would have a Hall of Famer.

  3. Eric Says:

    Ok that’s enough Rutgers guys for me.

    Bad trap to fall into. Like John McKay and USC.

  4. raphael Says:

    @ joe …is there a mancrush on this dude or what ?….I am getting a little concerned at this point..*sarcasm*

  5. raphael Says:

    thomas+93 hate = clueless fan

  6. Stevek Says:

    Like this move, hope he can contribute.

  7. Big Picture Guy Says:

    Unrelated, and apologies for that, but in light of the NFLPA filing their grievance for Saints Bounty suspensions, I think this explains why the Bucs are so confident Talib will NOT be suspended at all this season:

    “The grievance claims Goodell is prohibited from punishing players for player conduct prior to Aug. 4, when the current collective bargaining agreement took effect.

    ‘In connection with entering into the 2011 CBA, the NFL released all players from conduct engaged in prior to the execution of the CBA, on August 4, 2011,” the grievance says.’ “

  8. OAR Says:

    You mean “worst-to-first” John McKay that almost got us to SuperBowl?

  9. Bricen Says:

    Theres only four rutgers guys on the roster and only two were brought in during schiano’s tenure, everyones acting like half the roster is filled with undrafted players out of rutger, jesus.

  10. eric Says:

    Ok my bad on mckay.

    Like spurrior and danny wuerful.

  11. OAR Says:

    I agree. Its’ really not a big deal. Every coach brings in players they’ve coached before! It’s nothing new!

  12. OAR Says:

    I have no problem with the HC brining in those players. They are familair with his coaching style, scheme, and system he runs. They can help the younger players unfamiliar with the new HC.

  13. Bobby Says:

    This is great! We have our best D player GMC healthy again and now we have a lot of depth to build around him. I like it!

  14. lj Says:

    Thomas 2.2 is the biggest idiot on this board. I wish he would take a long walk off a short pier!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. thibs5599 Says:

    Gary Gibson = DT depth with starting experience and known to play the run well, also played college ball for head coach. Sounds like a pretty good signing to me, can never have too many DT especially this d line.

  16. Stevek Says:

    GMC is not our “best” D player, that is currently Clayborn.

    GMC is just paid to be the best.

  17. Rrsrq Says:

    Is the youth movement officially over, like the signing, outside of V-Jax, who have the Bucs signed with more than 6 years in the league. Bring in vets to show the younguns how to be a pro, what a concept. This team is night and day as to how they have done things the past three seasons. I believe they were just waiting to get Gruden off the books.

  18. Stevek Says:

    We resigned a 16 year vet at CB.

  19. Bobby Says:

    Clayborn is our second best Defensive player. GMC is the heart of the D. The defense fell apart when GMC left. Clayborn still played but his production fell off too. Everyone’s did. Like it or not…GMC is our best defensive player and if he is healthy this year the entire defense will be better for it.

  20. Rrsrq Says:

    Okay, Stevek, I will give you that one

  21. RustyRhino Says:

    Another experienced player who is going to come to work everyday. Not just to collect his check but to work at getting better at his crafts everyday. He has been on the schiano coaching/leading/recruiting road before, has been a undrafted player who has carved out his own place in the NFL. He sounds like he has some personal drive. Not saying he will come in and dominate but he will compete.

  22. raphael Says:

    @ bobby agreed !

  23. raphael Says:

    looks like the party atmosphere has been replaced by the hard work atmosphere ! big year from Daquan just watch…

  24. Stevek Says:

    GMC has done less to warrant “best player” accolades.

    At least Clayborn managed to play every game and get 7 1/2 sacks to lead the team.

    McCoy has the: talent, draft status, and 10% of our cap this year, but he needs to show the ability to stay on the field before we go crowning his ass “best D player”.

  25. CharlieB Says:

    I’m a big GMC fan. He’s fun to watch because he is always in the backfield.

    But Thomas isn’t completely out to lunch. GMC rarely finishes. He doesn’t make many sacks or even that many tackles. The same argument about the defensive drop off when GMC is hurt can be made for Cody Grimm. He also hasn’t been durable. How much value to this point have we gotten out of him? How many mulligans do we give to an oft injured support player? I hope he turns it around this year, but you cant deny that he hasn’t done much.

  26. Bobby Says:

    @CharlieB…good point! BOTH GMC and Grimm were studs, especially against the run. When they both when out it was devastating. The days of holding Michael Turner to under 50 yards rushing were done. Now that we have Barron to patrol the middle and GMC healthy it should be fun. Grimm will see snaps too I’m sure.

  27. Big Picture Guy Says:

    DT’s get sacks when the QB has to step up to avoid the outside rush from the DE’s and then get clobbered by the rushing DT’s up the middle.

    Who other than Clayborne (who was very good, but wasn’t exactly Aldon Smith…) has done that for the last 2 years?

    Sapp had the benefit of constant outside pressure coming from Rice, Ahanotu, Marcus Jones, heck even Ellis Wyms had 5.5 sacks one year playing DE.

    We haven’t had an outside pass rush in years, and you can’t expect a 300lb DT to rack up sacks when a QB can just move outside the pocket, step up and throw to wide open wr’s at will who Biggers and Myron Lewis weren’t covering.

  28. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    The guy signed for #2 mill. Hardly a contract that denotes quality. But we’ll see.

  29. Bobby Says:

    @Big Picture Guy….you said a mouthful there! I remember over and over again the runner or the QB just getting to the outside and once there getting around the corner as Jones, Biggers, Black, etc. whiffed on tackle after tackle.
    The containment was atrocious! Nothing was forced up the middle from an outside pass rush. This year we’ll be getting off of the ball much quicker and I believe we’ll get plenty of pressure on the QB. Time will tell but I’m looking forward to this season.

  30. Snook Says:

    @thomas 2.2

    Cracked me up with that post.

    I’m right there with McCoy.

    Pretty sad that the thing he’s most famous for after 2 seasons is that he started the trend of hugging Goodell onstage after being drafted.

    That’s it. Period.