McCoy Surprised By Bengals’ Approach

December 4th, 2014


Something was very different for Gerald McCoy against the Bengals on Sunday.

Cincinnati didn’t play him like most teams.

No. 93 often has talked about getting double- and triple-teamed every week, but the Bengals did not serve up that level of respect too often.

“Cincinnati did something that a lot of people haven’t done this year, and that’s give me 1-on-1s, which I was surprised by. It was very surprising,” McCoy said last night on the Buccaneers Radio Network on WDAE-AM 620.

“I attacked it like I was going to get a double team, and it ended up being a 1-on-1, and that’s why I got so much pressure on Andy Dalton. And we were waiting on them to change it, and they didn’t really change it until like late third quarter, fourth quarter. I’m like, ‘Really? This is great!’ You know, this is what most D-linemen go through.”

McCoy went on to say the Bucs’ pass rush was a well synchronized group effort, with players “covering each other up,” meaning feeling gaps left open by linemates while hunting quarterbacks, and then filling those gaps. That’s a darn good sign considering Clinton McDonald was out and Akeem Spence got extended work, and Da’Quan Bowers got his first significant action in a while.

Of course, an angry, bitter Bucs fan might be asking, “Then why didn’t McCoy get more than one sack Sunday?”

Joe would tell that guy to lay off McCoy. He got plenty of pressure (see photo above) and is an excellent player on a defense that is surging. Don’t expect the guy to be Warren Sapp.

59 Responses to “McCoy Surprised By Bengals’ Approach”

  1. ufcguy Says:

    I watched him most of the game. Dude plays hard but only gets pressure the first few times and disappeared. Every game this year. I like Gerald but we need him on 3rd down to put the qb on the ground and cause turnovers

  2. 87ForJameisOrMariota Says:

    Joe I don’t expect him to be Sapp.

    Should he be paid Sapp-like dollars? I don’t know yet.

  3. Patrick in VA Says:

    Could that be a result of people starting to respect Smith’s rushing ability?

  4. Ray Rice Says:

    @UFC & @87

    I’ve been arguing the same for a long long time. Aunt Geraldine is Whodini after the 1st quarter. Hes getting paid top dollar to produce not take on blocks. His sack last Sunday was because Smith rushed front the edge and forced Dalton into the sack. So there you have it all you other Aunt Geraldine riders. He said it himself. He had 1v1 all last Sunday and still only managed 1 sack. He may have gotten pressure as he says but I didn’t see him after the 1st quarter period.

  5. DB55 Says:

    no cooment !!! Have a great day everybody.

  6. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Ray, UFC & 87 – I think 2 of the 3 interceptions, Smith’s sacks and the general bad play of the offense was a result of the 1on1 matchups. He said they started doubling him in the second half and that’s when the Cincinnati offense started functioning a lot better. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. McCoy is going to get some sacks but the biggest part of his job is to push the QB off his mark and either get him out to the edge rushers or disrupt the play enough to have him make a bad throw. I think he did that really well while he was getting single coverage. Once they started doubling him, and McDonald wasn’t there to help, it isn’t surprising that the dynamic changed in the second half

  7. Celly Says:

    Why do i not remember holding getting called in the pic @Joe posted….

    oh yeah.

  8. Celly Says:

    Patrick in VA Says:
    December 4th, 2014 at 11:38 am

    McCoy is going to get some sacks but the biggest part of his job is to push the QB off his mark and either get him out to the edge rushers or disrupt the play enough to have him make a bad throw.

    For the life of me I don’t understand how people just don’t understand this. No matter how many times you try to hammer it in, it just doesn’t get through.

  9. Buccfan37 Says:

    Dalton must of been feeling not that much under the weather because the Bucs pressure was not enough. That TD run was a hole you could drive a semi through.

  10. RachelWatson'sthong Says:

    Look at the block on Spence. (97)

  11. Bucsfan4lyf Says:

    Love how everyone hates on McCoy, without him our defense is back to being terrible.

    Look how everyone (me included) was hating os EDS, he misses 1 game and now we love the guy lol. We take a lot for granted.

    McCoy is a beast, he is only behind Marcell Dareus in sacks by a DT.

    And yet, people hate the guy…..

  12. DB55 Says:

    No comment.

  13. Brandon Says:

    Celly Says:
    December 4th, 2014 at 11:41 am
    Why do i not remember holding getting called in the pic @Joe posted….

    oh yeah.

    You mean the choke hold on Spence? That wasn’t the only obvious holding call that was missed when we were on D.

  14. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    McCoy was fantastic. Anybody who thinks otherwise was not paying attention or doesn’t know what is going on.

  15. Whocares92 Says:

    And yet they call holding on us right away when we’re just trying to run up the middle to run out the clock. That play bothered me way more than the 12 men on the field call. We were in FG range trying to just milk the clock and the refs threw the flag, we get f*@ked over once again by the refs. And how is it that through three different coaching regimes we’re one of the most penalized teams in the league?

  16. Sick of this $hit Says:

    It is funny how the refs will key in on certain players or teams. A Bucs DB cant lay a finger on an opponent without drawing a flag. Yet I see “incidental contact” with other teams all the time. I really want to believe thats all in my head, but at this point its undeniable.
    Bucs = Penalties

  17. Ray Rice Says:

    The first INT to Banks was not a result of pressure. It was just a bad pass by Dalton. He threw it behind Green. It was a gift from Dalton. Kind of like McCown does. The INT to Verner to end the half wasn’t because of pressure. It was just a dumb mistake that Dalton either tried to throw it away and failed or tried to throw it up for his receiver to make a catch. Dumb decision either way. But pressure didn’t force him into that. He had time. The INT in the end zone was a result of Dalton trusting his receiver to beat double coverage and a great play by our youngster. Dalton is known for making these bone head mistakes. Bad Dalton showed up Sunday and we still lost. Not because of our D. But if our D is going to carry the team then unfortunately more responsibility is put on them. Just like Gruden and Dungy did. It’s unfair but that’s just the way it is. And you start with your defensive captain #93.

  18. Patrick in VA Says:

    how much do you think the bucs being so heavily penalized is carry over from the bad blood that Schiano created with the officials?

  19. Ray Rice Says:

    I’m not going to argue there. It seems like they get called for penalties left and right then I see Savage Mike getting mugged all the way down the field and no call. That’s some bull$$$hit.

  20. biff barker Says:

    Patrick in VA Says:

    how much do you think the bucs being so heavily penalized is carry over from the bad blood that Schiano created with the officials?

    The only reason the Bucs are heavily penalized is because they are a sloppy undisciplined team.

  21. Ray Rice Says:


    Heck yes they are a sloppy team no doubt. But Savage Mike getting mugged down the field or VJ getting bumped after 5yds and no call is FUKD up.

  22. bucrightoff Says:

    Seahawks were the #1 most penalized team last year, on track to be close to #1 again this year. The Broncos and Pats are #3 and #4 this year. Blaming the refs or penalties is pure loser talk. Great teams overcome them, poor teams fold because of them.

  23. DB55 Says:

    For those of you who are interested, once again, I watch each game 3-5 times. I pause and watch each play on slow motion then rewind and watch it again. I’m no pro by any means but trust me when I tell you that my comments are accurate and factual. The only thin I’m guilty of is expecting Sapp like performances. Guilt as charged joe.

  24. 87ForJameisOrMariota Says:

    @Biff..I concur… in fact I tell my wife that same thing each and every week.

    Accept I say it like this. The Bucs are so sloppy and undisciplined that the refs are looking for every reason to throw the flag.

    It’s like the refs have a meeting before refereeing a Bucs game and they are all in agreement that they have to watch the Bucs closely because of their sloppiness.

  25. Ray Rice Says:


    What happened to no comment. Lol. You finally had enough. I guess that’s makes both of us guilty. Lol

  26. lightningbuc Says:

    I watch each game 3-5 times.



    Why? I only have to watch once to know the Bucs suck!

  27. DB55 Says:


    This got me, hook line and sinker.

    “McCoy was fantastic. Anybody who thinks otherwise was not paying attention or doesn’t know what is going on.”

    Mccoy was fantastic in the 1st qrt, very true.

    Anyone who thinks otherwise ……..

    I think what happens is that some people watch the game live from 1-4p and comment based on what they remember. I know I hear Joe always saying “I watched the game again”. I find that I rarely disagree with joe bc apparently he studies the games. Many others just seem to argue about what they think they remember after watching the game and drinking a six pack of beer. But my absolute favorite is the poster that starts with “I didn’t see the game but…”

    I’m really trying not to vex today hence fourth the “no comment” post. #failed

  28. tmaxcon Says:

    DB55 – Facts and Accuracy have no place on… Please refrain from such heinous practices.

  29. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Those of you saying he disappears after the first quarter are really clueless. He was blowing up plays throughout the game. Hello, we gave up 14 points!!!!!!!!! That doesn’t happen without getting pressure. Looking at purely sacks (and interceptions for the secondary) is a lazy analysis. Teams also make adjustments. They get the ball out quicker, they run away from him, and they adjust their protection. We are the only team with an offensive line incapable of doing this.

    Finally, for those of you b!tching about how much money he makes, just stop it. Why do you care? Would you rather us give that money to the likes of Luke Stocker or Patrick Omamameh? We are well below the cap every single damn year!!!!! McCoy is the hardest worker on the team, and one of our two all pro players. Don’t compare him to Sapp, compare him to his competition in the league. Although some of you haters would disagree, he’s the best player at his position. That fact has been backed up by stats, experts, and his colleagues. Excuse me if I believe them over the likes of anonymous posters on this website.

  30. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Maybe you people haven’t realized this but DTs don’t rake in 20 sack seasons. 10 sacks for a DT is an elite level. But Gerald’s job is a lot more than just sacking the QB.

    It’s funny how everyone in the nation respects McCoy to the highest degree, and fans of his team thinks he sucks. That’s what’s wrong with Tampa. We never see the good that’s right in front of us.

  31. DB55 Says:


    You know that’s right.


    What’s up buddy how you doing, you having a good day? Have you ever tried pineapple with Appleton Rum? It’s jamacian rum, one of my favorites. Def worth a try. I don’t drink that much anymore but that week I spent in Jamaica is still very blurry.

  32. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    I watch the game more than once too. I watch the line play, because I’m a huge believer that aside from QB play, that is where a game is won and lost. This is why I usually don’t comment much until several hours after a game. Go ahead and look back at the archives if you don’t believe me. Funny how when I look back, you are always one of the first to post, and you post how he disappeared. How is that even possible? Do you have a magic television that allows you to watch the game multiple times while the rest of us just finish it watching it live? That’s pretty amazing. I’m sorry, but I’m calling BS on this one. If you do watch the game (at least in a non-biased way), you would see the same thing that everyone else sees – he is still very effective, but teams make adjustments to take him out of the game. Sapp was taken out of games before too, even though so many seem to feel otherwise. Sapp didn’t have sacks every game. Was that a result of him not playing well? Of course not. You state his isn’t double teamed, but that’s just flat out wrong. He may not be doubled on certain plays, but those are almost always the ones where the ball is out on a 3 step drop, or when the QB is rolling out. But it doesn’t matter what facts I give, fact of the matter is you and others are going to believe what you want. You are completely biased in everything you say. If you like someone, he can do no wrong. If you don’t, then you will find a way to criticize him, or make excuses for why he did well. I don’t understand this for the life of me, but then again I don’t even want to.

  33. meh Says:

    Anyone who thinks McCoy sucks isn’t qualified to evaluate football.

  34. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “Maybe you people haven’t realized this but DTs don’t rake in 20 sack seasons. 10 sacks for a DT is an elite level. But Gerald’s job is a lot more than just sacking the QB.

    It’s funny how everyone in the nation respects McCoy to the highest degree, and fans of his team thinks he sucks. That’s what’s wrong with Tampa. We never see the good that’s right in front of us.”


    Preach on! Amazing how some people really believe they know what they are talking about, when they believe the exact opposite of what EVERY SINGLE EXPERT believes. This is not a one or two person thing, this is everyone. When McCoy got his contract, everyone unanimously said he was worth it. I wonder why?

  35. lightningbuc Says:

    Anyone who thinks McCoy sucks isn’t qualified to evaluate football.


    Embellish much? Show me who said Gerald sucks. Many just think he’s not worth his huge contract – not that he sucks. But you and Hawaii carry on with your narrative.

  36. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    We have people calling him Aunt Geraldine, yes, where could we ever come up with that idea? People falsely say he disappears after the first game, and we dispute that. Again, why do you care about his contract? Is it coming out of your pocket? Would you prefer us give it to someone else, or just leave it in the Glazer’s pockets?

  37. DB55 Says:

    DB55 Says:
    December 3rd, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Between me and you, I lub me some gmc. Not has much as LVD, banks and barron I mean nvm. Obviously he’s our best dl, if not player. But, I sincerely believe big players make big plays in big moments of the game. He hasn’t done that so I give him chit in hopes that I piss him off and it fires him up. I assume he actually reads these comments bc shortly after I commented that he was selfish for not considering moving to NT he went to Twitter within minutes.

    ISTG that in Washington after his 2nd sack on 2 consecutive plays he got up and looked straight at me (into the camera) and said “FUB, What? what you want now? Who’s a pfudr now B!?!” I replied “ok, scared of you”. I hope he breaks 10+ sacks so I can say I helped. Hahaha

  38. Hawaiian Buc Says:


  39. DB55 Says:

    No one hates GMC we just expect our leader to be on the front lines making his presence felt in all 4 qrts.

    I got this cool little app called “yahoo sports” which provides scores and stats. It also gives you a play by play account of the game. Dl it and look for mccoys name in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th. Tell me what you find.

    If expecting him to play big in crunch time is somehow offensive to you then idk what to tell you brother.

  40. Ray Rice Says:


    That would be me sir. I started the Aunt Geraldine name. As far as saying people say he sux. Well I think you are wrong. I’ve never said he sux. I don’t remember anyone else saying he sux. He’s getting paid JJ Watt $ (Elite $) without elite production throughout the WHOLE game. Yes, he flashes here and there. He always blows up the 1st quarter. But he always seems to disappear. First everyone said he didn’t get sacks because he was double and triple teamed every play (False) but ok I will let that pass. Now he comes out himself and says he had a lot of 1v1 last Sunday and he still only got one sack. And no Dalton wasn’t doing a 3 step drop. Now everyone argues that it’s not about sacks. What’s the excuse now. No, sacks aren’t everything but trust me when his contract was made I bet you anything you want his sacks were taken into account. Not the amount of pressures or hurries he gets every game. Success at his position is based on sacks period. And that’s FACT!

  41. BuccaneerBilly Says:

    You have way too much time on your hands if your watching these games 3 times and in slow motion or whatever lol…. Wow. We all are obvious fans on here, and none more than the other but come on haha…. I know you’ve been a fan since 76 and you cried in 79 when we lost to the Rams 9-0. Guess what? Me to, probably all of us! Unless your thinking Lovie reads this and your trying to get a gig in the film room over at one buc place on Mlk, save it… Who cares!

  42. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Again, sacks is a lazy way of analyzing, and usually done by those who don’t know any better. If you didn’t see him blowing up nearly every play, then that’s on you. The rest of us see otherwise.

  43. DB55 Says:


    This IS the same team that paid Revis 16mil for 2-3 INTs last year so consider the source. The best CB in the league got out played by a second yr lb who had 5 ints. He didn’t make $1mil a week though. Every time I say that it makes me cringe. $1mil a week for 3ints the whole season. Out produced by a lb AND a rookie CB. And we have “real fans” that miss him. Pff says he the best in the league, you know. Jordy Nelson would disagree especially after burning Revis for the game winning TD last week. Next thing you know Eric Decker is burning Revis. #ComeOnMan

  44. Ray Rice Says:


    As I said before. Sacks aren’t everything. But I bet his contract was based on them. I guess you know more than the GM’s who draw up the contracts. There are many players in the NFL who can get pressure and create problems from that position. But some how some way I don’t see them getting paid $100 million. Why? Tell me.

  45. DB55 Says:


    2-10, nuff said.

    Blowing up plays, lol, blowing up what? Ja Smith the only one wrecking havoc on the oline. Mccoy gets handled by any decent guard. Rookies and second string players he dominates. Why he’s surprised he got 1v1 is beyond me cuz he been getting 1v1 coverage for a while now.

    NO WAIT I forget he gets triple team each play and shoots lightning out of his eyes. I find you just as laughable as you find me. We can just agree to disagree.

  46. bucrightoff Says:

    Revis having few interceptions is a product of causality. For instance, if they never throw to him, how can he make any picks?

  47. Ray Rice Says:


    Lmfao. Only thing Aunt Geraldine was blowing up was his chest after every hurry and every pressure. Lmfao. Blowing up plays on a consistent basis. Lmfao. Come on Hawaii.

  48. DB55 Says:

    Did you not see the lions game last year? Or the saints games? Or Carolina? How about Arizona? He got BURNT in all those games. Please don’t make me go through the trouble of posting the highlight videos. Please.

    Just see last weeks GB v Pats highlights that pretty much sums it up.

  49. DB55 Says:


    Smh. On to the next article. Smdh.

  50. bucrightoff Says:

    He let up one TD, that was mostly the safeties fault for taking a bad angle. Otherwise he locked up Cobb and Nelson, two of the 15 best receivers in the game. He’s also locked up AJ Green, Megatron and others.

    Revis is playing at an elite level. Sucks it’s not here but he is. For what we’ve gotten out of Verner and Johnson, probably should have kept Revis, not that Lovie (like Schiano) would have used him properly anyways.

  51. Ray Rice Says:


    Please post the time he got burnt against Carolina by Ginn. Lmfao. By Ted FUKN Ginn. LOL. That was classic. Or when Fitzgerald double moved his a$$$$$ for a TD. The list goes on.

  52. Patrickbucs Says:

    McCoy better pass rusher
    Such better run stopper

    I’ll take the better pass rusher in this league. Not sure why people say he disappears late in games against Carolina he had a sack late to go for game winning drive for example. If Johnson was what he was signed to do he would be unstoppable.

  53. DB55 Says:


    Funny how you knew exactly what I’m referring to.


    By my count that makes 2 plays in the 4th this year. Any more after week 1? I know he tackle forte in the 4th. Other than that I got nothing. Correct me if I’m wrong.


    Idk watching the guys on nfln even Dione and Irving said he got burnt, they said it quietly but they said it. Personally, I saw Nelson just out run Revis. Catch and burn. Not worth 12mil a year imo.

  54. Ray Rice Says:


    Exactly. Gaines Adams…. I mean M. Johnson sux. Not worth the $. Unfortunately, he got paid with his double digit sack season in mind. We got ripped. Trust me. If he would have never had that double digit sack season they would have never paid him like that. Lovie must have done a heck of a sell job to Licht.

  55. bucrightoff Says:

    Revis was playing outside leverage, he did his job of forcing Nelson to the middle. If the safety takes the appropriate angle, Nelson is stopped in bounds forcing a FG at the end of half. He takes a poor angle and that would be that.

    This is what annoys me maybe the most, disparaging former players who are doing better now that they’re away from Tampa. Good for Revis for getting to play meaningful football again. Odds are we won’t be for several more years.

  56. DB55 Says:


    I stand corrected I guess. Do you remember when you played football and your coach harped on “go out there and make a play”. Sometimes it just as simple as that. X’s and O’s are wonderful but in the fourth you just have to make a play to win the game.

  57. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    You guys just keep on misdirecting your frustrations. It’s comical. I’ll just sit back and watch you guys stroke each other.

  58. Kevin Schmidt Says:

    Gotta say I think this is more of a trickle effect from the d-line playing better as a whole. They can’t just team McCoy anymore. Nice to see some improvement. Would be even nicer to see the offense start doing the same.

  59. Ray Rice Says:


    Awwwwwwwwwww. You mad bro???? Want to join???? Lmfao. Beast LVD and Savage Mike will light it up Sunday. #93 well that is still a ?