McCoy Is Halfway There

November 4th, 2014
Who was trying to steer Gerald McCoy away from signing with Tampa Bay?

Who was trying to steer Gerald McCoy away from signing with Tampa Bay?

Despite scant help around him, a steady diet of double teams, and missing a game and a half with a broken hand, Gerald McCoy ranks second among NFC defensive tackles in sacks and is third in the league at the position.

GMC has five sacks now at the season’s midpoint.

Yes, Joe realizes many fans expect more from McCoy, but Joe’s not sure why. He is human, though Joe would agree McCoy hasn’t progressed to the point where he’s a massive, impactful leadership presence.

Regardless of the negativity chirps, Joe is ecstatic that McCoy was locked up by Tampa Bay.

In what was a scary and terribly intriguing moment on McCoy’s radio show last week, McCoy told co-host T.J. Rives that he would be surprised to learn who advised McCoy not to sign a new deal with the Buccaneers.

Joe’s mind immediately went to Warren Sapp, but upon further thought, Joe’s not sure why Sapp would go there. Joe suspects the revelation of the anti-Bucs vote in McCoy’s ear will be quite an eye-opener one day.

28 Responses to “McCoy Is Halfway There”

  1. Joseph Mamma Says:

    His agent.

  2. Harry Says:

    His daughter. Even a baby can see the Bucs are going to suck for years and years

  3. Jim Says:

    He will be out of the league or past his prime before the Bucs can turn it around.

  4. Eczeutn Says:

    Lol his daughtet

  5. Walter White Says:

    Lovie Smith! He can’t evaluate talent worth a damn so he probably told Gerald not to resign!

  6. Buccfan37 Says:

    50 million guaranteed will make a career with a losing team bearable.

  7. Walter White Says:

    Maybe Lovie is fit to be a Buc after all… he wears an eye patch over BOTH eyes when evaluating players!

  8. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    “Yes, Joe realizes many fans expect more from McCoy, but Joe’s not sure why.”

    I think fans expect too much AT PRESENT from him. 10 sacks seems reasonable enough though.

    When the rest of the line is performing well, he’s got the potential to reach 15 sacks or more. But to do that, we need players on the line that can split the double teams.

    If Michael can start racking up sack numbers, it would help. The other DT spot will never be a sack leader. Never was under Gruden or Dungy either. Really, all we need is for Johnson to do well and a MLB who can become a sack threat.

  9. Rob Says:

    I say Lynch or Barber and I like them both

  10. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Sapp would certainly be the most logical choice, because in order to be “surprised”, you would think it would be someone close to the organization that you wouldn’t expect. He’s closest to Sapp, and even though it would be surprising, it’s not that far-fetched if you really think about it. Regardless, he’s here, and we are better off as a result.

  11. Tom Edrington Says:

    Who would steer McCoy away from the Bucs? His agent or anyone who really cares deeply about Gerald would want him to play for a winner, a playoff contender, not a defense with one other player (Lavonte David).

  12. Walter White Says:

    Lovie Smith “football season doesn’t really start until April 30th. Then it’s over again.”

  13. ForgotAboutDre Says:

    One thing people don’t really get is that with the mobility of QBs in today’s NFL, it usually take more than one defensive lineman getting penetration if you want to get a sack. One of McCoy’s sacks he just plowed over the center and got to Hoyer before the QB had a chance to react but that’s an outlier. His other one was him getting a consistent push up the middle as usual, and normally the opposing QB could just move out of the way as the other 3 defensive line for the Bucs sit on their arse, but on this play Jacquies Smith was getting good pressure off the edge. So instead of just being able to run out of the pocket, Hoyer didn’t have anywhere to go and got smothered by McCoy.

    Now look at Jacquies Smith’s sack. Again, McCoy is getting pressure up the middle and Hoyer has to try to escape the pocket, but again Smith is there waiting, and this time Smith gets the sack.

    Looking at just sacks for defensive lineman is kind of like just looking at interceptions for CBs. It can allude to a good player but it isn’t everything since often their primary job is to flush the QB out of the pocket to allow the DEs get the sack. McCoy’s pressure has been wasted so far this year because nobody else has been able to help, but the defense has thankfully looked better that past couple games. If the Bucs can keep getting pressure off the edge, opposing QBs are going to be in trouble.

  14. Skyline Crew Says:

    I would probably go with Sapp. Remember he left as soon as he could after the Superbowl.

  15. Espo Says:

    Suh told him not to sign, because he knows he isn’t worth the pen used to sign GMC’s contract.

  16. Patrickbucs Says:


    Nice false statement about Sapp. I hope you were joking, Sapp was crushed as much as Gruden was that the Bucs didn’t want him back. Great sarcasm or you obviously aren’t a knowledgeable fan.

  17. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    Mr. help opponents off the ground isn’t so happy anymore and getting on under performing teammates now as well. A better coach, new atmosphere, and direction will do that to a great player.

  18. Skyline Crew Says:

    @Patrick, I was joking, but to say the Bucs didn’t want him back is false as well. They just didn’t want to pay him what he wanted.

  19. MTM Says:

    The Bucs locked their best defensive lineman who creates the most pressures and hurries in the league.

  20. Zam Says:

    it’s a shame he’s not a DE and has no DE help. A DE as great as McCoy is at DT would have 20 sacks by the end of the year. The 3-T disrupting the pocket is great but you really need the ends there in order for it to mean anything. Otherwise the QB side steps, and the effort is wasted.

  21. DB55 Says:

    Third in the league? IMPOSSIBLE!!!

    He is the best 3 tech in the league period!

    21 tackles and 5 sacks while missing 2 games and never playing in the 4th quarter. While let’s take for example Aaron Donald who has 21 tackles and 3 sacks but he’s only a rookie and he plays every game and make tackles in every quarter but he’s not even close to our $100m Ice Cream Man.

    Geraldine you are the best of all time!! Now can you make a play in the fourth to save our lead or is that too much to ask? Getting a sack on the first series of the game against backup oline men doesn’t impress me. Sorry!

  22. DB55 Says:


    If gmc is third who ranks 1&2?

  23. Ray Rice Says:

    I told Gerald to stay away. Dont let me find his a$$ in an elevator. Im going to knock his a$$ out and pick him back up like he does opposing RBs after gaining 5 yrs.

  24. Bobby Says:

    Tom Johnson (5.5) and Marcell Dareus (7) But they probably all came in the 4th quarter. DB55…you know, basketball might be your sport. You don’t seem to understand much about football.

  25. Ray Rice Says:


  26. DB55 Says:


    I understand that when its 3&17 gmc is no where to be found. I know that when we have a lead w 2mins left gmc is not making tackles or sacks. I know that we paid a dude 15mil that is performing slightly better than a rookie. And I know gmc is NOT the best 3tech in the league apparently it’s tom Johnson whoever that is.

    Or should I believe the football geniuses that told me we are a 10-6 ball club, that mccoy is the best in the league, that he gets triple teamed every play (not even close) and that mccown is a great qb? Oh and that Lovie is a def guru.

    I know I’m dumb ignorant stupid fan. Trust me you are not the first but I’ll give you $100 for any tackle sack forced fumble tfl int any “play” gmc made in the fourth qrt. Just post the clock time.

    I really hate when people tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about like I don’t ISO mccoy and rewind each play 5x just shaking my head like what is he doing? But please mr bobby educate me. Educate me please, I don’t understand how you pay someone 100mil for 20 wins and 20-25 sacks over a 5year period. Or why he disappears in the fourth quarter or why he only seems to make plays against back-ups and UDRFAs.

    Educate me sir You have the floor sir. Us simple folk weez only understand basketball u know. Please sir mr bobby please sir teach a poor soul likes me please sir.

  27. pick6 Says:

    i don’t think any of the heyday buccaneers would have talked him out of extending his deal with the bucs to play under a purported guru of a scheme his is tailor made to play in with a 5 year contract. my bet is a former college teammate on another NFL team. or his agent, because he probably lost a few dollars with McCoy not testing free agency. although i love harry’s comment. his daughter probably would like to see him play in the postseason someday like his former teammates talib, blount, and mike bennett

  28. pick6 Says:

    i wonder how many of these fans griping about mccoy actually have a clear recollection of warren sapp’s buc career. he was a force to be reckoned with but he did not play 11 positions at once and sack the QB on every dropback. he was a great player with great teammates, and when you look back on his decade here he made MANY huge plays, but there were plenty of snaps where opponents schemed him out or ran the ball right past him. by definition, mccoy will have zero “bigtime” plays on his resume until the bucs actually play a bigtime game in his career, but that is a team problem not just on mccoy. whenever he’s had some help on the line he’s had no secondary to back him up, and last year when we had a better secondary he was the only dangerous DL and he still almost grabbed 10 sacks