McCoy Names A “Night And Day” Impact Player

September 1st, 2014

A Bucs great weighs in

Gerald McCoy walked into the locker room this afternoon as loose as Joe is after a few beers during the first quarter of a football game.

McCoy was balancing a 16 ounce water bottle on his head and joked that he needs good balance to chase down Cam Newton.

But McCoy got into more serious chatter and drew a line in the sand when it came to who was going to shock Bucs fans in pass coverage. McCoy likes the transformation of his leaner, meaner middle linebacker.

“One person who is going to help us so much is Mason Foster. His level from last year to this year with covering is night and day,” McCoy said.

This has to be music to Bucs fans ears. Foster has never been special in coverage. He’s even looked quite raw at times over the past three seasons.

Perhaps Bucs icon and new linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson has been a game-changer?

As for bold predictions, McCoy isn’t making any about the defense. Queried about whether this year’s unit would have any swagger, McCoy laughed it off saying, “that stuff has to be earned.”

9 Responses to “McCoy Names A “Night And Day” Impact Player”

  1. billy buckaroo Says:

    McCoy does his talking on the field

  2. bucfan593 Says:

    I’m calling a sack on cams first passing attempt by somebody. I’m not sure who its going to be but mark my words!

  3. buc4lyfe Says:

    I don’t think there was a corner with more interceptions, or return yards

  4. OB Says:


    GMC does his talking on the field and if he says Foster is Night and Day, he is.

  5. Capt.Tim, Back from Davie Jones's Locker Says:

    I have questioned Fosters ability to play in a cover 2, as the MLB is 90% of the time in coverage.
    But if McCoy says it, to me it’s Gospel! It’s his defense(Team) (Franchise). There is no higher authority.

  6. T-DUB Says:

    mason foster has looked sharp this post season. Most of our Linebacker corps has looked fast and efficient. One area i’m not worried about. They were swarming during the Buffalo game

  7. T-DUB Says:

    *pre season

  8. iamabuc Says:

    I really hope he steps up his game, I was so pump up on him the year we drafted him, and have being expecting more production from him since. I still think he is very good player and I understand that him and other young good players in our team have had to deal with a lot of changes in their young careers while being buccaneers (changes like coaches, oc and dc, schemes, etc.), therefore, I believe, they all have experience by now, (Including Foster, of course) and should start showing their true colors this season, being good or bad.

  9. KeithInTampa Says:

    Agreed IAmABuc! I do think this defense will prosper under the current coaching Regime! I also believe that Foster will shine this year, mainly because of the team effort and the surrounding players as a whole. (I don’t mean to take away from Foster! I just think that collectively, the Defense is going to be formidable!)