Tommy Kelly Could Help McCoy Flourish

March 27th, 2013

What’s going to make Gerald McCoy turn into an absolute monster undertackle in his fourth season?

Former Bucs nose tackle Booger McFarland says a big, physical nose tackle alongside McCoy, one who can draw a double team on occasion and rush the passer, would be a great next step for the Bucs and McCoy. Speaking on his “Booger and Rich” show on 98.7 FM this evening, McFarland lobbied hard for the Bucs to pursue veteran former Raiders tackle Tommy Kelly to fill that role. Kelly was cut today.

McFarland likes Kelly’s size (6-6, 330), strength and experience but questions whether he’d bring the motor and dedication of Roy Miller.

Kelly, 32, is a very intriguing possibility. The guy hasn’t missed a game since 2007, and he played for years alongside Warren Sapp in Oakland.

Joe would love to hear what Sapp has to say about Kelly’s fit with the Bucs. If Sapp likes him, Joe suspects No. 99 has already been in touch with the New Schiano Order.

42 Responses to “Tommy Kelly Could Help McCoy Flourish”

  1. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I don’t see the Bucs signing anyone over 30 but Ronde. Besides, there are a couple DT in the draft that can do the job…for less.

    Not that I’m against signing a free agent.

  2. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    This is exactly what we need. A cheap, big, physical nose tackle to occupy blockers. If we don’t draft a DT then this signing would be more than welcome.

  3. Pewter_Power Says:

    Kelly is lazy and a piece of s–t as a person. No thank you.

  4. canadianbuc Says:

    Is it only me or is everyone else just flabbergasted at what we have done this offseason i love the Goldson pick up but he cant cover a WR and rush the QB right? We have so much money and so many holes why not get some solid veteran help to teach and mold our young CBs i just don’t get it.

  5. Vic Says:

    @Pewter_Power – Lazy players don’t last 10 years with one team. You’re just flat out wrong.

  6. Legarrettes Blunt Says:

    I am really hoping Dom pulls the trigger on Tommie Kelly. He has been a team captain and a very disruptive player playing against both the rush and the pass. He would be a clear cut talent upgrade from Roy miller even at his age. Bring him in on a 2 year deal for cheap and that is one hole filled before the draft. Better positioning us to take a cornerback with all of our top picks.

  7. Andrew 1 Says:

    “Former Bucs nose tackle Booger McFarland says a big, physical nose tackle alongside McCoy, one who can draw a double team on occasion and rush the passer, would be a great next step for the Bucs and McCoy.”

    this is what myself and many others have been saying all along. that is why I truly believe we are going to draft a DT with our first pick and why Im confident we will. infact I would be shocked if the pick is anything other than DT. It all starts up front gentlemen.

  8. Andrew 1 Says:

    our super bowl is proof of that.

  9. MadMax Says:

    No thanks….would rather draft a 1st or 2nd round DT.
    He wasnt impressive last year and I question his work ethic.

  10. zam Says:

    so according to Booger McFarland, the problem with the Bucs is that they don’t have enough Booger McFarlands…

  11. 4everBucsFan Says:

    I think if the Bucs were to sign a defensive tackle right now, off free agency, it would tip their hand to what their first draft selection would probably be. They want to keep teams guessing so they’re not pigeon holed into a certain selection. I think because of this reason, if they are going to sign a FA DT, it will probably be after the draft.

  12. jlynch Says:

    Booger Mc Farland…….. loudmouth know it all

  13. Jonny 3.3 Says:

    TOmmy Kelly? Really? The guy was regarded a cancer in Oakland. Remember him having a personal foul against us that kept our drive going and him laughing at the sidelines as if he did not care?

  14. ron and ian's variety show Says:

    Sign him, I think the fit would work

  15. cspann Says:

    alan branch

  16. big007hed Says:

    Kelly, Branch, or Ellis would be good Def lone pickups. I think I saw Branch is going to sign with Jax though.

    Freeney or Abraham as DEs and then draft.

    If the Revis trade happens draft changes due to pick losses and having best CB in NFL.

  17. 76buc76 Says:

    Kelly phhhhhhh no way.Cheap depth is not how the Buc’s role.We could of signed 4 guys cheap to challenge for a starting spot’s.Or if nothing else quality depth.This team has no depth what so ever.The fact that they haven’t sign anyone besides Goldson is a joke.I don’t know what they see in Crabtree the guy is a special teamer at best.We have two LB position’s that could use an upgrade,we have 1 DT,a couple average at best DE’s,no freakin corner’s,no RT,an upgrade slot receiver would be nice.Instead we go after Revis and Goldston for about the same price as William Moore,Sean Smith,DRC,Welker and Keller.Oh ya and the 1st and 2nd rounder’s we’ll be giving up as well.This off season will be the final straw for Dom.

  18. Rrsrq Says:

    I find it strange as the Bucs look for the perfect Buccaneer Man as if other talented players cannot help this team. Are there 53 Buccaneer Men out there or do we wait until we can find those 53 Men while we watch and continue to watch other teams in the playoffs. I hope we allow a few talented players on the roster even if they don’t fit the prototypical Buc Guy, but they are football players. Just tired of seeing good players sign with teams, like Osi with Falcons or Namdi with Saints(possibly) when we have to play against these teams. I know a lot depends on JF play, but seems like other teams are greeting stronger without half the salary cap we have.

  19. Captain Stagger Says:

    Star Lotulilei is a much better, cheaper option.

  20. Capt. Tim Says:

    As usual

    “Panthers sign Chase Blackburn”
    “Falcons sign Osi Umenyouri”
    “Bucs sign *crickets*”

    What? We didn’t need those guys?

    Falcons and Panthers- trying to improve
    Bucs- content on the bottom

  21. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Please dont make me remember the 2004 NFL Draft. I just didn’t understand how we could have missed on so many prospects. Its crazy how , you have these guys who always come on our blog sites. That have the audacity, to say we dont have an eye better than some of these general managers & scouts.

    Lol, If you’ve been a Bucs fan the past 37yrs; without a shadow of doubt, you do.

    I know Kelly had a few issues off the field and a few injury concerns at Mississippi State. But the kid was a beast. Casey Cramer over Tommy Kelly WTF
    With that said, I dont know how much he has lift in the tank. IMO kick the tires, and bring him in for a workout.

    I cant wait to see what happens when Carson Palmer get released. If we dont sign him. Then hopefully, we can persuade Houston with some compensation for T.J. Yates. If not then I’m putting my money on QB Matt Scott out of Arizona in with our first pick in the 4th round.

    Kawann Short 6-3 299( If we can some how pick up; an additional 2nd round pick)

    Outside of that-
    Montori Hughes 6-4 329 Tennessee-Martin
    Josh Boyd 6-3 310 Mississippi State

  22. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Free agent DT Alan Branch Alan would be Ideal

    Per Rotoworld
    Branch has fired CAA as his player representation agency, and he has hired Blake Baratz.

  23. DjoshFreeman Says:

    @luvmybucs We’re talking about DT not Carson Palmer or TJ are they an answer over jf5? Freeman had the #1 qbr for 5 games last season and would hands down be the most sought after free agent. Carson Palmer? Really? How are those USC qbs panning out in the nfl? Leinart? Sanchez?

    @76buc76 two upgrades at linebacker? Where because we have three talents two of whom are in their 2nd and 3rd years. Crabtree is a great blocker. Have u heard of Aaron Rodgers? He’s pretty good and guess what Crabtree was his main te blocker not Finley. I’m all for discussion and complaining about moves that we haven’t yet made in free agency but at least complain with sense.

    Hello?! Worst pass defense last year and 2nd worst in the history of the league and we’re still concerned about drafting a DT? anyone next to McCoy bowers and clayborn is destined to shine so let’s focus on the main need, a cornerback

  24. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Luv Josh, competition will do the young man well though. Yates and Palmer would make great back ups;IMO thats all. Men sharpen Men- Like Steel sharpen Steel

  25. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    I HATE USC by the way. Even though some of my favorite players walked their halls.
    (Ronnie Lott ” The Best Pound for Pound DB of All Time) ..Ricky Bell & Marcus Allen.

  26. MadMax Says:

    @76buc, you really think you know your stuff huh? Ha!! Btw, Golds”t”on ? Come on man, you just love knowing how to hate….admit it.

  27. tmaxcon Says:

    76buc76 I am confused which 2 lb need upgrading lavonte David is a stud and foster played very well only going to get better. If you watched any games last year bucs use 2 lbs often they use nickel and dime packages Watson is quality depth and has his little role. Hayward is depth. Black is easily replaceable

    Dline is scary that being said i am confident secondary will be fixed. Not sure how but schiano is not a dumba $$

  28. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    We can pick CB’s up in the Late 2nd-early 3rd and 4th round

  29. tmaxcon Says:

    namdi has lost it. Got his big payday and quit on Eagles. Id rather Leonard johnson than namdi he is more versatile and not a QUITER

  30. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Good Later Round Prospects-
    Robert Alford
    Terry Hawthorne
    Aaron Hester
    D.J. Hayden
    Nigel Malone

  31. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    I really have a lot of Respect or Leo. The kid’s head is in the right place. Stays in his play book, very coachable. He really cleaned up his play the last few weeks of the season. And I seriously wouldn’t be surprise if he starts next year. I’m really pulling for the Kid.

  32. CC Says:

    Alan Branch is younger just as big and better player.

  33. DjoshFreeman Says:

    @luvmybucs Agree with Ronnie Lott hes the man.also I see where you are coming from.josh could use some competition and those two qbs make that possible.i still think the kid has a chance to be great and he just needs to find himself on the field.

    Namdhi, Xavier Rhodes/Desmond trufant,goldson, Barron, with Leonard Johnson and 6’2 200lb Myron Lewis-that secondary looks scary even without a revis. The bucs get who they want, vjackson, Barron, trading up to get the dougernaut…looks like today’s instant gratification society has turned all fans to question the administration.didnt a wise man say great things come to those who wait? It’s only march…

  34. Piratic Says:

    Your posts continue to read like a schoolteacher’s nightmare.
    By your own admission, you state that you simply don’t take the time to do it right, but I call BS. If you knew HOW to put together a paragraph that didn’t make people cringe, you WOULD. It’s clearly obvious, however, that you CAN’T. You should have paid attention in school.
    Again, for the record: Your takes aren’t garbage, but your use of the English language IS.

  35. tmaxcon Says:

    LUVMYBUCS I agree seems like a great young man. Loved the piece they did about still living at home. Character does matter

  36. gorillapimp Says:

    I’m wondering whats going on in those cheerleader auditions because that seems to be the only focus at old scott smith is studdering like elmer fudd wa wa wa wa look at those wuvly thighs on kim over there if she does one more leg kick I’m going to blow a piston.

  37. MTM Says:

    Won’t happen. The Glazers are done with free agency. Onto to the draft and practice squad for players. Hang on to that cap space at all costs. You’d think the Glazers were holding 4 first round picks.

  38. steveK Says:

    Here is what wikipedia has to say about Manchester United, a Glazer owned sport’s franchise:

    “Manchester United is one of the wealthiest and most widely supported football teams in the world.[6][7][8][9] In January 2013, Manchester United became the first sports team in the world to be valued at $3 billion.”

    If Manchester United is valued at over 3 billion, than what the hell is the hold up on spending 35 million on a football that is sorely lacking talent?

    Mark Dominick must secretly be the GM of Manchester United, slashing talent and funding from the Bucs roster, only to over endulge in Soccer.

  39. 76buc76 Says:

    And why are we in a 2 LBer set.Because Mason Foster can’t cover his mom. Hey I put a space after the end of that sentence for you piratic. Now go get your boss a coffee.What if David get’s injured…..season over.Or McCoy….season over.Or V-jax….season over.But I will recant my statement on the LBer.I like the Jaun Castisis Signing.At the same time I forgot about TE.But that will all be taken care of with our 1st round pick…..Xavier Shareif Jarvis Star Eilfert.This kid has a long name but he’s the real deal.

  40. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    jlynch Says:
    March 27th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    “Booger Mc Farland…….. loudmouth know it all”

    I think you are mixing him up with Ian Beckles. Booger is a fan of the team, just like us. He is right about the need next to GMC…he’s just wrong about who to put there.

    I said it before, I’ll say it again…very unlikely that the Bucs will sign anyone other than Ronde that is over 30.

  41. stevek Says:

    Say it again Bonzai,

    I am not hearing you?

    We won’t sign proven talent in FA, but we will resign Trueblood (two years ago), and we will keep Myron Lewis on the roster.

    I’d be more satisfied with Bryan Cox suiting back up and dressing in place of Myron Lewis, atleast then we will have a maniac in pads, ready to get physical and hit somebody.

  42. The D Says:

    Yes lets sign the starting DT of the Raiders that the Bucs absolutely gashed with Doug Martin. Ted Larsen and Jamon Meredith pushed him around all game long. Gary Gibson is better than this clown