Gerald McCoy: Born Leader

May 30th, 2013

Last week, Joe was impressed hearing rookie defensive end Steven Means talk about all the leaders on the Bucs defense.

In particular, Means praised Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy for being a hands-on leader, pulling Means aside and giving him pointers, explaining why the moves will benefit him, and teaching him to perform tasks.

So yesterday at One Buc Palace after OTA practice, Joe took a brief moment to chat with GMC and ask him about his work with Means and other rookies. GMC sort of shrugged his shoulders, as if to say his taking rookies under his wing is the way veterans should act.

“That is just me,” said GMC, who is getting married in a few weeks. “I wasn’t raised to really, step back and watch. If you see something that needs to be done, go deal with it.

“Honestly, I believe it is a gift from God just to lead. You see a lot of vets and when they see rookies come around they say, ‘Ah, he’s just a rookie.’ I don’t believe that. If they are on the team, then we need them. We need them to win so I want them to be good so we can all win.”

Man, you talk about the ultimate teammate. If anyone on the Bucs could big league rookies, it would be GMC, coming off his first Pro Bowl and now an established stud in the middle.

But GMC puts team goals ahead of some perceived seniority ca-ca. That’s a Buccaneer Man.

8 Responses to “Gerald McCoy: Born Leader”

  1. the_buc_realist Says:

    Sound like GMC is tired of being 4th, 3rd , 4th and 4th in the division as well. He must be a “hater” or “buc_pessimist”.

    Maybe, just maybe, he is just being negative until this team finally does something positive.

  2. tampabaybucfan Says:

    I liked McCoy the minute he cried and bear-hugged Goodell when the Bucs drafted him. I’m sure his attitude spread throughout the Bucs locker room.
    Goodbye Talib, Winslow, Briscoe, Tanard, and Blount & Price (with question marks)…..yes Price for punching Baron. I can’t see McCoy doing that.
    It must be his leadership quaiity that keeps Myron around.

  3. TrueBlue Says:

    Maybe McCoy’s looking forward at what the team is capable of being instead of fruitlessly wallowing in the past. That’s what leadership does. Look to where you want to go and focus all energy in getting there. Imagine McCoy constantly telling everyone what a terrible team they are, pointing at failure instead of their potential for success.

  4. Big Rob Says:

    Not too shabby for a complete bust of a draft pick 😉

  5. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    No, being a pessimist is mentioning that the Bucs were, “4th, 3rd , 4th and 4th in the division” in every article when it is unrelated to the subject of the article. Especially considering the third place finish was a ten win season and the most recent 4th place was tied with two other teams in the division at 7-9. You twist that record to look worse than it is. It is the same as me saying Freeman holds most of the Buccaneer quarterback records. It is deceiving and implying more than what actually happened.

  6. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    Not to mention Gerald McCoy wasn’t even a Buccaneer for the 2009 season so I sincerely doubt he cares what place the Bucs finished the year before he was drafted.

  7. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “Maybe, just maybe, he is just being negative until this team finally does something positive.”


    Please explain to me how GMC is being negative. You are reading between lines that don’t exist.

  8. You go Joe Says:

    @ realist,

    Please for God’s sake find another horrible stat, your getting annoying with the 4th 3rd stuff. You literally copied and pasted from yesterday’s post.

    On topic GMC is a buccaneer man, his impact felt when we lost him on raheem last year as a Bucs coach. GMC went out and so did our D