Gerald McCoy Is Fed Up

September 24th, 2014
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy blamed players for not practicing Lovie Smith's teaches for the seal-clubbing in Atlanta.

Gerald McCoy blamed players for not practicing what Lovie Smith teaches during the seal-clubbing in Atlanta.

You think you wanted to toss your dinner all over the bathroom last week with the way the Bucs shat the bed in Atlanta? You are not alone.

The unquestioned leader of the Bucs defense, who was not a part of that debacle against the Dixie Chicks, fingered his teammates for a lousy effort while holding court in front of his locker today.

GMC said flat out the players simply tuned out their coaches in Atlanta, as documented by Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.

“The Thursday night game, that was just a group of guys not being physical, not doing what we were coached to do that week and just letting a team take over,” McCoy said Wednesday. “I had somebody close to me, that I would allow only people close to me to tell me this, but they said Thursday was pathetic. And I believe that.

“It’s kind of bad that that comes from the outside. We have to feel that in the building that our last performance was pathetic. It’s very embarrassing, and that’s not us at all. Coach has not coached us to be that way. If nobody else will say it, I’ll say it. It was embarrassing, and we’ve got to be better.”

Well, this opens up all sorts of questions. Is GMC saying the Bucs have — or some — have already checked out on Lovie Smith? Does this mean some players have thrown in the towel? Or does this just mean the Bucs defenders don’t give a damn?

If the answer is “yes” to any of the above, you can bet your arse said players won’t be back next year. The Bucs, as does every NFL team, tape every move a player makes, whether it is in practice or during a game.

The eye in the sky never lies and for guys who were freelance, give up, quit or give a half-arse effort, that will show up on tape.

And if players did what GMC accuses them of doing, those culprits should be jettisoned from One Buc Palace. Maybe this is what Lovie referred to as “changes?”

To hear all of GMC’s talk, click the red arrow below. Audio is courtesy of Joe’s comrades in arms at WDAE-AM 620.

60 Responses to “Gerald McCoy Is Fed Up”

  1. jo mama Says:

    GMC is soft.

    Lawrence Taylor played games with a broken bone in foot.

    steve deberg played with a hand in a cast.

    countless linemen played with casts on their arms.

    Shut up and play.

    and by the way we heard the same excuses with Schanio.

  2. MadMax ™ Says:


    Not everyone is as talented as him, BUT AT LEAST PLAY TO YOUR POTENTIAL!!!


  3. lightningbuc Says:

    Funny, everybody used to say Schiano “lost” the locker room in the second season. It only took Lovie 3 games.

  4. Ray Rice Says:

    Got Dam right GMC you tellem! Bastards feel they are owed a spot on the team. $hit man you gotta work for that. Put a dam cast on the hand Gerald and knock the $hit out of Ben like I did my wife in the elevator.

  5. DB55 Says:

    Maaaaa, the ice cream man is coming, the ice cream man is coming. Want a win? Sike!!!

  6. MadMax ™ Says:

    @lightningbuc, it would have to be a culmination of ALL of it to fall this quickly…..but really, trying to look at it from all angles, they’re giving up or really just not talented enough to continue on….so we NEED to MOVE on!!

  7. Clintro Says:

    Can we ban this Ray Rice guy?? Please

  8. buc4lyfe Says:

    GMC that’s real weak calling out your teammates like that after yet again getting hurt on the field. Your play hasn’t made one single difference on the field in 3 games, he must have forgot the Dixie chicks had 21 or 28 points when he left the field…. A leader huh, mccoy is quietly about his money

  9. Ray Rice Says:


    I think you just need to STFU and stop being a fair weather fan. Complain is all you do. You’re “that guy” at home pissin and moaning on how you could call better plays, or do this and that. STFU or stay out of elevators.

  10. Jason Says:

    @ jo mama,

    I’m not saying you are, but you SOUND like a complete moron. Other people made similar comments about how Warren Sapp broke HIS hand once and played through it, ignoring the fact that a) Sapp missed one game (just like GMC), and b) GMC’s 2nd game was 4 days after he broke his hand, making it all but impossible for him to play then as the first 7-8 days are critical for proper healing.

    If McCoy went on IR or something because of it I would wonder about his toughness (although, again, most people don’t seem to understand how much a d-lineman uses their hands to shed blocks, etc), but to bitch because he missed ONE game so the hand could properly heal before he could wear a soft cast and continue playing, is just stupid.

  11. rayjay1122 Says:


  12. Jason Says:

    @ buc4lyfe

    Um, not sure what you’re talking about, GMC got hurt during the Rams game and didn’t play at all during the Falcons game.

    He’s already established himself as the bonafide leader of this team, and I have no problem with him calling out teammates’ effort and production as it warrants, because he’s shown that he is willing to lead both verbally and via production.

  13. Russ Says:


    You have to realize that the Steelers are going to be tough. GMC said it straight that the Bucs need to be tougher.

    I don’t buy into the “it ain’t Lovies fault” message, but even worse the running attack of the Steelers features the “Doobie Brothers” with Mr. Bell (who is high from smoking a Blount) in the Camaro on the way to Philly!

    If the Bucs D does not get tough….the Doobie brothers will be smokin them all night long!!

    Time for a tough QB…need to bring in Tim Tebow to give Glennon a QB competition!! He will fill Raymond James Stadium and he is the only QB in the building that has beat the Steelers!

    Come on Glazers….he will be perfect since you refused to lay out the coin for Johnny Football. Hey Tampa….we couldda had Johnny Football but instead the great and powerful OZ (Lovie) went out and brought back Josh McCown!! Now that is awesome football genius.

    You want a tough D…well it is coached by a guy named Lovie!! Not what you would call a Gruden Grinder!!

    Tebow is tough…he will play football and we will not quit. He will compete. All of the things we have very little of right this minute. So Glennon is QB!….heck let Tebow play D. He will knock someone on their butts!!

  14. Lynch Says:

    Thats funny McCoy mentioned players tuned their coaches. All I saw of McCoy was sitting on a cooler with his good buddy Michael Johnson. How about run onto the field like Cam Newton did and fire the defense up?

  15. Soggy Says:

    Sure would like to see mcCoys boss kick some dirt, show some chucky passion..

  16. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Raheem was critical of McCoy making arm tackles all the time, and getting injured as a result.
    Raheem called it a flaw in the way McCoy played, if anyone remembers ?
    Now, he is hurt, again 🙁
    What ELSE can go wrong for us, that hasn’t already ?

  17. DallasBuc Says:

    JBuc- does that answer your question from last night? Coaches were tuned out. Season is finished.

  18. lightningbuc Says:


    JBuc has to be one of the Glazers, as apologetic as he is.

  19. Buccfan37 Says:

    Hey Russ… Tebow aint going to be a Buc, ever. You actually think he would leave a comfy tv talking head gig for more ridicule as a QB wanna be. If he was such a hot commodity someone else would have snatched him up already.

  20. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    McCoy needs the inept Bucs organization to put talented players around him or he will end up like Dan Marino. Tons of personal success but very few team accomplishments and no Super Bowls.

  21. Yar Says:

    It’s about time the “leader” actually got on the players. Sapp, brooks and lynch took over the locker after the San Diego game and didn’t stand for any more half a$$ed play from anyone. The coaches can only do so much, the players need to take charge of each other. Don’t play well get your a$$ chewed out by the team.

  22. billy buckaroo Says:

    I believe that after being behind in that game so much so early and then when McCoy went down, the rest of the defense just said
    “Forget about it”

    No leader really “driving” their team mates on this defense.

  23. DooshLaRue Says:

    @ Jo mama
    I think McCoy is a little soft too, but in fairness, the tough players you refer to played in an era when drug testing wasn’t as refined.
    I’m pretty sure LT wasn’t feeling a lot of pain…….ever.

  24. Couch Fan Says:

    Hope GMC points that finger at himself as well. He has not been very effective either most of the time this season.

  25. dick2111 Says:

    Joe, sorry but it sounds like you’re trying to put words in GMC’s mouth.

    Gerald never said that his Bucs teammates had tuned out Lovie. I took it that he was inferring that they weren’t paying close enough attention to their position coaches, and that their technique was lacking. And that’s pretty much what I saw when I watched the game. Poor gap coverage, poor tackling … and the list goes on.

    He’s right; it was embarrassing and they have to do better. I didn’t think it was possible to be more snakebit than the Bucs were last year, but I was wrong. When a team has no depth, injuries like the Bucs have already suffered take a toll. Especially when your team is trying to employ a new defensive system.

    And oh ya, installing a new offensive system and then losing your offensive coordinator in preseason probably doesn’t help.

    Something tells me that our Bucs aren’t going to win the Super Bowl this year (just a hunch), BUT … hopefully they can consistently improve on defense, offense and special teams. A couple of good drafts and who knows …

  26. BirdDoggers Says:

    The entire team should be embarrassed by that effort on primetime TV. It’s way too early for this team to check out on Lovie. I’m sure the players that have been here the past few years are tired of losing, but there’s only one way to fix that. They have to buy in and give their best.

  27. robert9 Says:


    he’s trying to get a fat contract-what do you think he would say. probably just got him 5 million right there!

  28. Buc1987 Says:

    I think GMC went easy on them.

  29. robert9 Says:

    rayrice—that was funny $hit man!

  30. DB55 Says:

    BUCS defensive highlights 2014

  31. Tom Edrington Says:

    GMC to a Super Bowl contender in 2015.

    And who would blame him?

    By the time, if ever, they straighten this mess out, he’d be approaching retirement and looking for a TV gig.

  32. mpmalloy Says:

    History will remember it as the great “Thursday Night Massacre”.

    If the owners don’t pay McCoy then it just justifies every criticism
    of them that I’ve ever posted as a justifiable FACT.
    Absolutely no reason not to back the Brinks truck up to McCoy
    other than pure cheapness.

  33. ddneast Says:

    Wow, I truly believe some of you clowns would heckle and berate Jesus Christ if he spoke today.
    After all the crummy drafts we have had in the past five years, and you want to blame Lovie.
    Now I know why I quit reading this blog.

  34. Red86 Says:

    I wished McCoy got on their case when they was down 21-0 in the first. Looks like no one gather the troop for a prep talk. I think we don’t have leader among the player level. All the captain looked sad. Rainey look like he wanted to kill himself. Yet, no one said anything when it mattered. I love McCoy but all I see him do that game is laugh and talk to Means. Again, I rooted for him during bust convos in the past. We have no game day emotional leaders on the player level.

  35. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Please…if you people want to be taken seriously, learn grammar and spelling.

  36. lightningbuc Says:

    Wow, I truly believe some of you clowns would heckle and berate Jesus Christ if he spoke today.


    You’re right. If Jesus were coaching an 0-3 Bucs and had been behind 56-0 in his last game, I would heckle him.

  37. Chef Paul Says:

    “It’s very embarrassing, and that’s not us at all.”

    GMC must not know his recent Bucs history. That’s been the Bucs for the last half of a decade. I’m not calling him out personally, but this team has been full of quitters since Monte’s last few games.

  38. JBuc Says:

    DallasBuc- glad you paying attention. My question was has this team tuned him out for the season. The Pittsburgh game will be telling. If they lay another egg and play with no effort then it would appear that things were trending that way which obviously does not speak well for Lovie. Again, I thought they played with effort during the 1st two games. I have no excuses for Thursday night. I do like that McCoy is calling the team out. Leadership is needed on that team much like Tony had with Sapp, Brooks and Lynch.

  39. JBuc Says:

    @lightningbuc- not an apologist, just not a puss that screams the sky is falling after 3 games. Wouldn’t want you girls on my team. Buckle up your chin strap, grow a pair and quit bitching all the time.

  40. Soggy Says:

    @ddneast, You mean brainfarts lovie?

  41. RichBucsfan Says:

    We are at a critical juncture of the season … no OC, no offense, weak defense … will they throw in the towel and give up or play with pride and for pride’s sake? I’ll watch the first quarter … that will tell the tale.

  42. Buc1987 Says:

    ddneast….Was Schiano’s Buc’s better than Lovie’s current ones? I think you know the answer to that. The answer is yes.

    But you want to blame all this on the past 5 drafts?

    Schiano won 7 games in his first season with those “bad” drafted players.

    Lovie will be lucky to win 2 games with the crew he put together.

    So what you’re saying is this. If all of a sudden the team turns it around this season and they go on a winning streak, it has NOTHING to do with Lovie. It works both ways pal.

    Or just blame George Bush for everything that’s going on in the world today even though he hasn’t been around for 6 years.

  43. DB55 Says:

    Jbuc I mean joe glazer I mean jbuc. When the BUCS go 13-3 you can make fun Of the girls on here who have questioned you. Good luck!! Can you say dick lebaeu vs mike glennon. Yikes!!

    Maybe brother tomlin will go easy on his brother from another mother. Fingers crossed.

  44. james west Says:

    the big picture is GMC is sick and tired of playing for a continually rebuilding ,closet dwelling, last place ,no hope joke of an NFL organization. and I do not blame you sir, it is a hard row to hoe with no help. constant double and triple teams against him, and our other D linemen eating nacho’s, and texting their ole ladies I guess, because no one else can lay a glove on the opposing QB whoever it is. oh well good luck next year sir, with your new club and I hope you make the playoffs.

  45. Destinjohnny Says:

    Players coach. Schinno did a better job in his first 3 games. Talent Isn’t there

  46. Tackleblockwin Says:

    The only player that plays with any heart at all on this D is Lavonte David. That is the problem…not enough players with heart. In the past, Brooks, Lynch, Sapp…all had true love for the game. I don’t see anyone on this D that really cares except maybe David and McCoy. I like Gerald a lot, both as a player and person. He says the right things and all, but if he is our leader on D…he needs to step his game up and become the monster we need him to be every snap, not just a few each game. We need nastiness…get penalties…I don’t care. show some heart and pride for a change. Because right now, nobody is scared of this D. They might respect a few players, but nobody is scared.

  47. JT Says:

    BTW you can coach technique. You CANT coach toughness. You either are or you are NOT!

  48. FanOfBucs Says:

    Easy way to tell who has no clue.

    Read the comments. Lol

    Whoever said McCoy is bad, or not tough enough.. Thanks for saving us time in figuring out that you are brain dead.

  49. Patrickbucs Says:


    Exactly!!!! Like some of these people actually think they are paid talent evaluators, or ex gm’s and ex NFL pros:) like to know what some of these people do for a living when you are commenting negatively 5-10 times a day throughout various posts and times throughout the day. Anyway negativity is the way to go

  50. Scaber Says:

    Joe, Please never write the phrase “fingered his teammates” again. Never…

  51. FanOfBucs Says:

    (High-Fives Patrickbucs)

  52. BigMacAttack Says:

    @Ray Rice
    Lmao! Good stuff man!
    Let the Butthurt flow!

  53. BigMacAttack Says:

    We really really need to beat the Steelers.
    C’mon Glennon let’s land some bombs down range!

  54. K1ngadroc Says:

    Mason Foster has heart and calls the D too. Don’t discount his absence. The guts of our D folded like a lawn chair

  55. phil Says:

    I don’t think anyone believes in what Lovie is preaching. The Tampa 2 defense hasn’t stop anyone in years. You cut your best player and one of the very best players in the league and tell your team they got better except everyone can see they didn’t. I think everyone on the team knows what we all know that the season is already over. NEXT. I just hope we don’t let Jacksonville & Oakland beat us out of the number one pick.

  56. JBuc Says:

    Regardless of whether or not you believe Lovie will turn this thing around can the people on this page stop with the Tampa 2 doesn’t work anymore comments! This really shows a lack of fan intelligence and is embarrassing in much the same way as the teams performance Thursday night.

  57. buctebow Says:

    The effort shows that the Defense knows they are horrible at playing Lovie’s style of defense and know that they are failing to improve at it at all, so they are giving up. The defense doesn’t work without pressure on the QB from the front four and they simply cannot find a way to provide the pressure likely because of the talent available. Plus the personnel don’t really all fit the scheme that well either. The safety’s don’t fit, as they don’t hawk the ball. The SLB and the Mike can’t cover. The DE’s can’t sack, the tackles can’t penetrate. They need to play a different scheme to get some mojo back, which will never happen under Lovie. Don’t get me started on the non-offensive offense, or ludicrous special teams. This season could turn into a fail so huge and so epic, that the Bucs will be lampooned in the media until the end of time. This could be so bad that they pack up and move out of town in the dead of the night, or get contracted by the league. Can a whole team get suspended for a year?

  58. buctebow Says:

    It is so bad that it could be Tebow time! (to serve as a distraction)

  59. buctebow Says:

    The problem isn’t the Tampa 2, it’s the Tampa 2 with these specific players that don’t fit the scheme, so can’t play it correctly and know that they can’t.

  60. buctebow Says:

    The only way McCoy remains a Buc next year is if they put the franchise tag on him, no way would he sign a new deal, as he wants to win.