McCoy Says He Needs More Football Knowledge

June 14th, 2015

gerald mccoy 0908Remember when Gerald McCoy told the world he didn’t understand tackling until Greg Schiano taught him in his third NFL season?

Well, McCoy said yesterday that a higher level of football knowledge is what’s missing from his game.

McCoy told KFOR-TV in Oklahoma “I write down” football shortcomings after each season and focus on them in the offseason. This year’s accounting, McCoy said, revealed he’s got the physical parts of the game down but has to improve on “knowing more about football.”

“How I can set myself up better is the mental aspect, knowing what’s coming, knowing how I can set guys up, knowing this, knowing what’s behind me,” McCoy said. “Just really growing mentally and knowing the game of football.”

Joe loves McCoy’s attitude. It reminded Joe of when former Bucs pass rush coach Bryan Cox, the ex-linebacker great, told Joe that McCoy will only be great when he raises the game of those around him.

It’s unclear what McCoy is doing to improve his football IQ. Perhaps now that Warren Sapp is unemployed after a hooker fiasco, McCoy could hire Sapp to break down film with him and teach him how to take over games.

28 Responses to “McCoy Says He Needs More Football Knowledge”

  1. #1bucfan Says:

    gerald is a great leader but the bast year or so all i see is him talking all offseason long and then during the game makes no plays! i think everyone points to him as the best player on the team because of what he did his rookie season but he’s starting to remind me of doug martin.

  2. Ray Rice Says:

    Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap. .. That’s all he does.

  3. Stanglassman Says:

    That’s quit an Ironic screen name you got #1.

  4. Stanglassman Says:


  5. #1bucfan Says:

    @stanglassman simply because i don’t like how ONE player talks and never performs does not mean that i am not a big fan of the bucs as a whole besides everybody on this site disagrees with some player doesn’t mean they’re not big fans because if we were not then i don’t think we’d still put up with the buc’s mediocre play the past 7 years

  6. Miguel grande Says:

    @#1 Exactly what did he do in his rookie year that was so impressive?

  7. CLW JB Says:

    Simply foolish to not recognize gmc as one of the best dt – Bucs homer or not….what next? Lavonte isn’t a dominant OLb- buy a clue and show respect where it is due….maybe some depth other than lazy arse bowers will prevent gmc from taking 85 snaps a game….

  8. The Real Malloy Says:

    No, #1, Stanglassman is right…

    You’re a fool. “Best player on the team because of what he did his rookie season” – WHAT?

    He was hurt his half his rookie season! He was hurt his first two season!! He has gotten better every season.

    #1 buc fan? What a joke…

  9. #1bucfan Says:

    I was simply stating that McCoy has lately been talking a lot but not really doing much on the field I think most can agree on that he is however undoubtedly one of the best DTs in the NFL he is simply not showing it is all I meant no need to call me a fool for stating the obvious truth

  10. SteveK Says:

    Not so fun fact:

    The Buccaneers have gone 9 years without a player accruing 10+sacks. GMC can hopefully make sure it’s not 10 years!

    How good is “your best player” when your the “worst team in the NFL”?

    GMC is a great talent, but IMHO Lavonte David is better.

  11. The Real Malloy Says:

    You are a fool….that’s the only “obvious truth”. How can you say he hasn’t been performing and then call him one of the best DT’s in the game?

    Go home #1bucfan…you’re drunk

  12. #1bucfan Says:

    I can agree with steveK I was just stating that GMC’s talk off the field doesn’t matter to me anymore because it hasn’t translated to game time but yes McCoy is a good player I just want to see him start playing to his full potential. Don’t we all?

  13. #1bucfan Says:

    Perhaps my first comment was not phrased very well what I mean is he’s good he just hasn’t played to his full potential the past season and all I want to see him playing his best again sorry for speaking like a “fool”.

  14. Buccfan37 Says:

    I’m waiting for McCoy to show me some shades of Sapp, if he needs help, get it Bucs before he gets too old. I think he is a good player, just not in the same conversation as Sapp.

  15. Stanglassman Says:

    GMC plays more snaps per game than any other DT in football and the Bucs time of possession the 3rd worse in the league only better than Jax and Philly. I think TB fans DT job expectations are distorted because of Sapp. GMC’s game is different he hold the point of attack better but doesn’t get the sack numbers like Sapp. I’ve seen the fair GMC observation grow from him not making big plays in the 4th quarter become the guy is all talk and makes no plays which is just ridiculous.

  16. Danati74 Says:

    No they are right #1bucfan. What are you talking about? GMC had 8.5 sacks last year. He had 9.5 the year before. He was injured the years before. He and LVD are the best players on this team. He can talk all he wants because his play backs it up. The guy is talking about improving. If he improves, then he must get 10 sacks. Would you be happy then? Full potential. I guess 3 seasons with plus 8.5 sacks must be full potential. jeez. BTW D. Martin is looking really sharp this year. He actually is looking back to rookie form. Keep a close eye on him.

  17. tmac87 Says:

    Lmao… Real Malloy nailed it.

  18. bucfanforlife Says:

    I’m a big fan of GMC both on and off the field. He is both a fierce competitor and a gentleman. But it’s tough to stand out when half of the Oline is focused on you. More help from the Bucs “D” and watch him shine! Remember, Sapp had a lot of help around him including Simeon Rice.

  19. rayjay1122 Says:

    He has a humble nature and even though he has been one of the better players on our defense, he still owns his shortcomings which is much more than most people do!

  20. The Real Malloy Says:

    Thanks tmac87……you believe this guy?

    I’ll bet he thought brooks was garbage too…

  21. #1bucfan Says:

    no need to be such a jerk malloy i was simply stating an opinion if you disagree simply and politely say so but that does not require insulting me to get your point across.

  22. Dave Pear Says:

    Welcome to JBF.
    Either get some thick skin or go home.
    Or…you could always change your name, like so many others have.

  23. Skyline Crew Says:

    A lot of players don’t know how to tackle because they don’t teach it anymore. It is all about the big hit instead of wrapping up.

  24. The Real Malloy Says:

    Ha! Thanks Dave Pear…

    This guy….. I honestly think I made him cry…

  25. #1bucfan Says:

    i would never cry over comments made by someone behind a keyboard with that being said i think this has gone on long enough I’m gonna go live my life and i advise you do the same (if you have one)

  26. bucsbedabest Says:

    @ #2. McCoy not showing it and then during the game makes no plays. In every game McCoy played last year, even when injured, he would make a play and always pressure the QB. Let me tell you why you are wrong. McCoy ranked second overall by Pro Football Focus. 18 solo tackles, 9 sacks, 9 QB hits and 27 QB hurries. That is 45 QB pressures for a DT. How can you call yourself a Buccaneer fan and not support the best player on the team? Not showing it? Not showing what? If you have some facts or specifics to support your comments it would make you look a little better than your comments make you appear. You will have to excuse me now..I have to go #2.

  27. LakelandBuc Says:

    Gerald McCoy is a beast at the 3 tech, but so is Henry Melton when healthy and the word is that he is 100% now. Henry Melton will probably be moving all over the line, with Clint and Akeem at the nose. Jaq Smith playing next to McCoy and Big George holding down the other side, Akeem and Clint holding down the Nose I see great things from our D-Line this year. I really believe we can get 45 sacks this year from our D-Line, maybe Leslie Frazier and Lovie will include a blitz package for Lavonte this season.

  28. megadaveuk Says:

    Some of you Gmac haters make me embarrassed to be a bucs fan – do you even watch the games?! Day in day out McCoy is our best defensive player, sometimes our best overall player.

    Maybe seahawx would be a better team for those lacking football iq