Stopping Gerald McCoy

September 28th, 2012

It’s pretty simple this Sunday for the Bucs. Well, simple in that the way to beat the Redskins is simple. Getting the job done isn’t quite as simple as the plan.

The plan is to stop Robert Griffin III. Very much like Michael Vick was with the Dixie Chicks years ago, if you stop RGII, you will stop the Redskins.

Part of that plan will be centered on Gerald McCoy. If GMC, who has been a beast so far the first three weeks of the season, can rush RGIII out of pockets before he is ready and create havoc inside, it will go along way to stopping the Redskins.

The Redskins, of course, know this. So just as much as RGIII is the key to shutting down Washington, the Redskins brass believes containing GMC is the way to control the Bucs defense, writes Mike Jones of the Washington Post.

How he beats you: The third overall pick of the 2010 draft, McCoy is off to the best start of his career. After battling injuries his first two seasons (playing a combined 19 games), McCoy finally is healthy and has three sacks in three games for Tampa Bay. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Oklahoma product is disruptive in both the run and passing games. McCoy also has recorded a pass breakup, a forced fumble and eight tackles.

“Any time you’re that high of a draft pick, I think everybody knows how talented he is,” Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. “I think he’s finally healthy. He’s playing hard, he comes off the ball, he’s quick, he’s big, he’s a handful.”

How to stop him: The Redskins’ interior linemen can’t get beat off the line. They have to try to keep McCoy out of the backfield so Robert Griffin III can effectively run the offense without taking the pounding he absorbed last week, when he was sacked six times against Cincinnati. If the Redskins can keep Tampa Bay’s defensive front off balance with a variety of running schemes and quick passes, they could have some success. But rushing yards could be hard to come by. The Bucs rank first in the league against the run, yielding only 47.3 yards per game.

Of course, GMC will need help. It’s not just him, but he is certainly a key. Joe believes it will take pressure from the corners and outside as well, which is where Michael Bennett and Lavonte David come into play.

21 Responses to “Stopping Gerald McCoy”

  1. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    This is the article about McCoy I have been waiting for. “How do we contain him”. THIS is why we drafted him 3rd overall. If he puts it together for a full season then we are looking at a lock for the pro bowl.

    Go get em’ GMC!!!

  2. Have A Nice Day Says:

    Scheming for GMC…. it’s about time!

  3. CanadianBucsFan Says:

    Before this season started I wouldn’t expect our defense to be first against the run.. I thought 15th at the very best.. impressive start for the defense so far. ( other then the 1153266867 passing yards allowed )

  4. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    Yeah, coming into the season who in there right mind thought the DEFENSE would be carrying the OFFENSE? (Not that I am not pleasantly surprised)

  5. Tuggz Says:

    Ranked 1st in rush defense (Yes, you may have to read that three times) and dead last in pass defense. What a crazy season already lol.

    I expect our rush defense to take a hit after Clayborn fell. He was damn good at containing and stuffing.

  6. Tuggz Says:

    Oh and naturally we’re at the very bottom of the league in total offense.

  7. SteveK Says:

    “The Redskins’ interior linemen can’t get beat off”

    Sounds like a personal problem.

  8. Daffy Buck Says:

    G-Mac will be doubled a lot. Bennett will get chipped a lot by a tight end. It’s may be up to Manti Teo Sheim to apply pressure. We know Roy Miller is only a run stuffer. That being said, they should only rush 5 at the most. Let them beat you with a long time consuming drive.

    If the Bucs blitz like against the Giants, RGIII will light us up like a X-Mas tree. And Talib will make the highlights for the wrong reasons again.

  9. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    It’s may be up to Manti Teo Sheim to apply pressure”


    Who? LOL!

  10. Miguel Grande Says:

    Manti Teo Sheim?

    Sounds like the team Rabbi.

  11. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I wish we had Manti Teo on our team to pressure the QB.

  12. Mike J Says:

    ”Gerald McCoy has the highest grade of any interior defensive lineman so far this season at +10.9; next is Brandon Mebane at +8.4 and Justin Bannan at +6.9. ”

  13. james Says:

    glad big boy is healthy and pray he stays that way.keep up the good work gmc see ya in hawiaii at the pro bowl are they still doing that?

  14. So. Ill. Bucs Says:

    @Mike J: I was just about to post that.

    This kinda thing almost makes me wish 2.idiot was still around.


  15. Bobby Says:

    Man, I miss Thomas….. Oh well, it just shows how totally wrong he was.

  16. Tuggz Says:

    Whatever happened to that guy? Get himself banned?

  17. Mike J Says:

    So. Ill. Bucs, great minds think alike!!

  18. lurker Says:

    ban hammer came down after he asked for it…lol

  19. Have A Nice Day Says:

    @Miguel HAHAHA! Awesome!

  20. Orlandobucsfan Says:

    I just wish we had Adrian clayborn healthy when facing RGIII I would have loved to see that. Bennett has so far been a stud and so has GMC. I think Thomas’ problem with GMC was how fragile he was (hence glass gerald) and you have to admit it was true I just pray this is is turn around staying healthy season we absolutely need him. The front seven of the bucs looks awesome, I think our true question is the pass defense and our entire offense,but we are light years ahead of what we ended with last year.

  21. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    No, that wasn’t Thomas’ problem with GMC. He criticized him from day one (got to give him credit for being consistent). He criticized him for anything and everything he could – some justified, some not. I really wish Thomas was back, because even he would have a hard time denying that he’s been nothing short of a beast so far this year.