Gerald McCoy A Dominant Force

August 18th, 2014
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy is all smiles after making a play Saturday night. Photo courtesy of

The spreadsheet crowd has fresh proof. Photo courtesy of

Joe started hearing the rumbling last year from a guy who rumbles the walls when he speaks. Joe raised an eyebrow (picture Derrick Brooks) when last year Warren Sapp tried to tell Joe that Gerald McCoy was better than he was.

Joe wasn’t biting. Or buying.

Then, this past training camp, Joe again asked Sapp the same question. Sapp explained that GMC was quicker than he was and added, “He mastered Greg Schiano’s defense. I could never do that!”

Joe will never forget Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ face go blank when he said of GMC, “I’ve never seen anything like that,” during the opening week of training camp.

Of course, Bucs coach Lovie Smith is on the GMC bandwagon but now the spreadsheeters are piling on. Consider how Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus described GMC’s play Saturday night.

There are only few people in the NFL today that are capable of doing what Gerald McCoy did to the Dolphins interior line on Saturday. McCoy accounted for two pressures within two seconds of the snap(about the time it takes to make a 7 step drop) and added a tackle five yards deep in the backfield. He now has the highest overall grade of any defensive tackle this preseason by a wide margin.

And to think some actually believed GMC was a bust not quite a year ago. Amazing.

If the Bucs’ defensive front does not improve on getting to the quarterback, other than GMC, that should tell you something. The man is being double- and triple-teamed if not chipped by running backs at the line.

Who or what do the Bucs need to sacrifice in order to get an edge rush?

24 Responses to “Gerald McCoy A Dominant Force”

  1. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    I hope this Larry English comes on in on a white horse, because the 2 D-ends have done nothing. But I guess Lovie is just enabling them by not calling them out and starting them, and letting them run around with number 1’s at practice.


  2. Chef Paul Says:

    GMC is so good, all we need is a couple warm bodies on the edge. With his penetration, if Clayborn or Johnson could just trip and fall at the right place, and get a couple of lucky sacks this team will get plenty of sacks.

  3. Tom Edrington Says:

    The better GMC looks in the preseason, the more attention he’ll get from other teams when they draw up their game plan. It’s always possible to slow down/neutralize one guy which is why the rest of the other d-linemen need to show up in order to free up Gerald.

  4. Jim Walker Says:

    It seems double team isn’t enough as he splits them, and you can’t triple team him. I am interested in seeing GMC against the elite centers and guards.

  5. Rob Says:

    I think the bust label came from losing his first 2 seasons to injury. Still blows my mind that Raheem and the coaching staff couldnt teach that boy to tackle when he got to the league.

  6. Louis Friend Says:

    Here’s hoping in the next preseason game we see all of GMC’s line mates start getting some pressure since they’re not facing double teams. All of them need to step up.

  7. Miguel Grande Says:

    I admit, I thought he was a bust.

    Not now, the guys a beast. Now I’m afraid they will take out his knees, because he’s too good.

  8. Eric Says:

    From what I have seen so far Gerald could be the best player in the league.

    Just an awesome display.

  9. SAMCRO Says:

    Putting GMC over the RG was brilliant. The RG is usually the weakest link on the offensive line, and GMC abused Miami’s rookie RG Thomas.

  10. LutzBuczFan Says:

    Our DEs make plays by getting their hands up and using “high motor”, not by beating their man. While this is typically not the most effective Tampa 2 strategy, hopefully they get better at those things too. GMC is blowing up the back field! Also, is Lovie blitzing with CBs like Ronde had so much success doing? Who is the next member of the 25/40 club?

  11. BritBucsince92 Says:

    I watched the film of GMC’s sack. He is so quick he makes the others on the line look slow by comparison. He went past two defenders and was at the QB before MJ was half way there ….. and he was unblocked. I think Gerald may have to slow down to give the others half a chance at getting a sack !!!

  12. DallasBuc Says:

    Not hearing that Johnson=Rice nonsense anymore. Should have saved our money, left Clayborn where he was and kept Revis. Another case of the new regime choosing quantity over quality in offseason moves.

  13. DallasBuc Says:

    Gmc does look amazing right. Hope he can stay healthy. Too bad the changes to the other 3 positions didn’t work. What a shame

  14. Razor123 Says:

    Funny how one of the guys on wdae at 9:00am had been calling GMC a ‘soft’ player as late as midway thru last season! He is so much fun to watch you almost think he can stop the other teams offense single handed! A player like that inspires the whole team and that is exactly what our Bucs need!

  15. bigpoppabuc Says:

    DPOY…. G-Mac. You heard it here first.

  16. Legarrettes Blunt Says:

    Funny thing is that you were the one calling him a bust on this very website. You said he was too soft and couldn’t make it through a full season. I’m glad our coaches give guys chances instead of giving up on players as quickly as our fan base and this website which seems to lead that charge.

  17. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Interesting how Thomas 2.2 stopped commenting right about the time Gerald McCoy began to be widely considered the best DT in the league. His disdain for GMC was mentioned in just about every comment he made. With Rah, Dominik and Freeman gone too he has no one left to hate. No hate = no comments. Sad.

  18. AF_Buc Says:

    I wonder what Dan Sileo thinks about this…

  19. The_Buc_Realist Says:


    I thought that thomas 2.2 got a life time ban from here?

  20. pick6 Says:

    in mccoy and david, i think we have 2 guys who will be DPOY at least once before they retire.

  21. Piratic Says:

    @Miguel Grande: Props to you for admitting that you were a bleating, over-the-top, the-sky-is-falling, Michelle Chico. You can have your balls back.

  22. Buc the Haters Says:

    The Big Mac Attack ( GMac & Cmac) look strong, but our DE’s definitely aren’t doing their part. Hopefully, Clayborn & Johnson can improve…. I haven’t seen the 2nd half of the 1st 2 games; has anyone seen what Chaz Sutton looks like. He looked like a beast in practice.

  23. BUC4LIFE79 Says:

    With EVERY down GMC plays, his ASKING price keeps going up, spend to ur cap limit if necessary and LOCK HIM DOWN NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Brooks Says:

    McCoy is an absolute beast. So far he’s the only player on the defense that’s been fun to watch. The talent drop off after him is glaring on the line.