The Art Of Tackling

June 21st, 2012

GMC is digging learning tackling and the New Schiano Order. Joe digs GMC's lid. The tank top? Not so much.

When a business has gone awry, it’s not uncommon for new management to gut the place, strip its inner-workings to the very core and rebuild from the foundation up.

For those who prefer spinning discs, using practice time as a social hour or perhaps (allegedly) smoking left-handed cigarettes, this method may seem a bit harsh.

Not for Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. In a piece typed by Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, GMC admits he is digging the New Schiano Order and that the attention to detail and the rigid focus on fundamentals may prove fruitful later this season.

A level that third-year DT Gerald McCoy said is making him a better player. McCoy said he was never really shown proper tackling technique until he started working for Schiano.

“We do a tackling circuit before every practice, and I’ve never done anything like that before,” McCoy said. “I realize now that, before, I was just playing football. Now, I’m really learning how to tackle and I think it’s going to help me a lot.”

Given how awful the Bucs employed matador tackling skills last season, Joe is pumped to see this has been a key drill this offseason: learning to tackle.

Fundamental are good and all, but for Joe, a simply request is offered to GMC: Stay healthy man and you should be a stud.

And the defense will be so much better off as well.

33 Responses to “The Art Of Tackling”

  1. Dini's Biceps Says:

    Hmm….sounds like he’s exonerating his poor play in the past. McCoy, Price, Bowers <— are all BUSTS. It's a darn shame. Had such high hopes for this D-line. (it's LEADER: McCoy….just admitted that he doesn't know how to TACKLE @ the Defensive TACKLE position.) Mark D. might get fired for that one. Plus the M.A.S.H. Unit he drafted

  2. Fatmosh Says:

    Everybody give a round of applause to the new Thomas 2.2!

  3. Thomas2.2 Says:

    He just hasn’t been good, he is now admitting it – even though the sheep won’t.

    He is just blaming his bad play on his previous coaches. We are going to find out very soon. I hope us realists are wrong and he produces – but these pictures, his tweets etc do not inspire confidence.

    I think that Gerald is more interested in celebrity and his post-NFL career and spending the money that he stole from the Glazers than football.

    I am going to evaluate him honestly – if he is better I will say so, if he is the same old gap-jumping, gap missing, arm-tackling, avoid contact player – I will also say so.

  4. stevek Says:

    McCoy better figure it out this year.

    He is gone if he fails to produce or stay healthy.

    He may be a nice guy, but that doesn’t win football games.

    He is getting paid too damn much to suck again.

  5. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    Thomas2.2 Says:
    June 21st, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I think that Gerald is more interested in celebrity and his post-NFL career and spending the money that he stole from the Glazers than football.


    Actually…the Glazers made the investment and failed to provide him with proper coaching. Because of that, it could be argued that GMCs injuries rest at their doorstep. If he had been coached properly, maybe those injuries would not have happened.

    You yourself have said that Raheem Morris was a horrible coach.

  6. stevek Says:

    Good point Pete,

    Just as a new leaf has been turned over for Talib, we should see the same for GMC.

    GMC is a helluva nice dude, and I hope he can stay healthy, and learn to become a force at Defensive “tackle”.

  7. BigMacAttack Says:

    I agree that it really is past time for the Great Geraldini to STFU. I like the guy and want him to finally succeed, but I was happy when Schiano said he wanted one voice for the team. I just don’t think Schiano intended for that voice to be Gerald’s.

    Two words of advice for GMC would be: No Comment

  8. Dini's Biceps Says:

    By season’s end, McCoy will have collected $45 Million of his $63 Million Contract. His true character will show when the Bucs ask him to take a massive Pay Cut (or just cut him then). McCoy has Rabbit Ears and listens to everything people say about him, in my opinion. And that doesn’t do him any good either.

  9. Have A Nice Day Says:

    I like McCoy. He has a very positive attitude even though his career hasn’t gone they way he wanted due to injuries. He is always focused on hard work and practice. He lives the Schiano way. I hope he, like Penn, are around for years to come.

  10. ClayBURN94 Says:

    Last time I checked the media is asking GMC questions and he is just answering them. Its not like he is going up to media members and telling them these things. And dinis biceps, by not knowing how to tackle he means using proper technique. Most players in the NFL have lost the correct fundamentals to tackling and Schiano is bringing them back.

  11. BigMacAttack Says:

    Ahhh, de ahrt of Foighting witout Foighting.

  12. BigMacAttack Says:

    I know a guy that knew a guy, who’s sister’s boyfriend’s nephew’s best fried was the waterboy for Gerald in Pop Warner.

  13. bucobruce Says:

    doug martin ,vincent jackson,mark barron,carl nicks,eric wright.have we forgotten about these pieces we the begining of the year If I said we were going to add these pieces everyone would say no way but yes it really happened.

    so lets here some darn excitement.

    everyone who is a true bucs fan diehard give me a Tampaaaaaa Baaaaaaaaaay!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. ClayBURN94 Says:

    This is a quote from Michael Bennett from PR for Erica and Miguel Douchebag: “Coach Schiano, especially for myself, he just pushes me everyday to be better and better,” Bennett said. “Every time I think I am doing something right he tells me I am doing something wrong just to keep making me go harder. I appreciate that – having a coach like that who is always pushing you to be great. That’s the first thing you say about being a coach is being able to take a man to make him great. That’s what Coach is doing right now.”

  15. OAR Says:

    Boards don’t hit back!

  16. OAR Says:

    Oh hell yea…..Tampaaaaaa Baaaaaaaaaay!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Garv Says:

    Tampaaaaaa Baaaaaaaay!

    Can’t WAIT!!!

  18. Bucnjim Says:

    Looks like a tourist on Clearwater Beach in that picture! I really want McCoy to do well & I’ll cheer him on like crazy. It almost seems like he’s too nice of a guy to play that position that requires a very nasty player. Players like Ronde can flip the switch on game day, but I’m worried that McCoy doesn’t have that real nasty streak that’s needed to take on these monster Offensive lineman. That position in particular is more about who’s the stronger & meaner than who is the more intelligent. Please don’t let him be another finesse player!

  19. MVPFreeman Says:

    Dang hes ripped. Recent pic?

  20. Have A Nice Day Says:


  21. Dini's Biceps Says:

    “Tampaaaaaa Baaaaaay…..” chant embarrasses me. We need a new one. How about making real noise on Defense. After 9/11/2001, i can no longer sneak in 4 Air Horns & a bottle of Jack Daniels

  22. BigMacAttack Says:

    Yeah OAR, that one was for you buddy.

  23. Dano Says:

    GMC just has to stay HEALTHY this yr. It’s put up or shut up time!

  24. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    McCoy never threw anybody under the bus lol, that cracks me up hearing you say that. As far as his tweets go, if you are so bothered by them there is a simple solution… dont read them. The man has a personal life and should be allowed to do as he pleases. Nobody is forcing you to pay attention to his personal life. Give the man a break already.

  25. FreemanBomb5 Says:

    I follow his tweets because he is a nice guy. I want him to do good, I just don’t think he has the butt kicking personality required in the trenches. If you want a bunch of nice guys on your favorite football team that is great for you. I want someone that kicks arse and takes names in my trenches.

  26. OAR Says:

    “I’m sick of his retarded tweets”…..Really?

    Yet…..”I follow his tweets because he is a nice guy.”

    Which is it, Mr. Jekyll?
    Sounds like someone is following him just to bad mouth his tweets.

  27. FreemanBomb5 Says:


    Potential wise I think McCoy could become the great DT we all hoped for. I just think it would be beneficial for him to keep his mouth shut, and make anyone that has doubted him eat their words. Thus far he has proven that he can chat it up, but has yet to actually reach his potential. I’ll take his opinions more serious after he plays a full season and shows he was worth taking over the studs I mentioned above.

  28. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    Funny thing is, I keep hearing he doesnt have the killer personality that most want in a DT and I agree somewhat though we havent really had a chance to see it with all the injuries… however, when he was drafted all I kept hearing about was how he had a motor and became a different person when he was on the field in college… whatever happened to that?

  29. BigMacAttack Says:

    McCoy has become bigger and stronger in his upper body. I think he may just have a breakout year. Sure hope so anyway, and I’d love to see some attitude and a mean streak develop there.

    Go ahead Gerald, pick a fight or two, take a fifteen yard penalty and get some fire in that belly. I’m sure Trueblood would fight him for free in practice, then maybe work up to Nicks Mountain.

  30. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    That is such complete ignorant BS that he has to be mean all the time to be a good football player. People who say that are just plain stupid. Players like Troy Polamalu, Derrick Brooks,and Reggie White (RIP) would beg to differ. People get their freaking panties in a wad because he tweets? Give me a f-ing break idiots! There is seriously something wrong in your f-ed up brain and you need help. If he was an arse hole as many of you apparently want, then you would probably complain about that because he told you and your kid to f-off when you ask him for an autograph. I don’t care if you want him to prove himself on the field before you go out and buy his jersey, but this nonsense that he can’t tweet, do interviews, go on vacation, watch a Disney movie, laugh, make funny faces, etc. is ridiculous, and needs to stop. Next time you laugh or make a funny face, that must mean you suck at your miserable little job. And do any of you actually wonder why athletes don’t always take time to spend with the “fans”? I sure as hell wouldn’t. The same people that are on this board talking sh!t would be the same ones kissing his arse if you met him in public. It’s pathetic, and you should be ashamed.

  31. FreemanBomb5 Says:

    You mad bro?

  32. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    ^Ha ha, maybe a little.

  33. Bucfan1532 Says:

    McCoy needs to step it up this season. When he is in the field, he makes our defends better. The problem being that ge cant stay on the field. Lots of players arm tackle and don’t tear there biceps. I heard that it was/is a genetic issue and shouldn’t be a problem anymore…. I sure as #ell hope so.