Rare Outside Move For Gerald McCoy

November 17th, 2015

gerald mccoy 0916There are a couple things very out of character in a video released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The video here starts with Jameis Winston, America’s Quarterback, leading his teammates in a wild pregame dance and rally.

That’s not out of character. That’s Jameis with his men feeding off his energy.

What is out of character is Vincent Jackson bouncing up and down and smiling and screaming like he’s a one of those teenagers in the front row of a 1950s Elvis concert.

What’s also out of character is Gerald McCoy not participating and looking disinterested. Joe has no explanation. You’ll see McCoy on the outskirts of the Bucs’ team circle, with a serious look and body language that isn’t one of a fired up team captain.

McCoy is the kind of guy who typically is drawn to fun and excitement. He’s led those pregame rallies himself. In fact, McCoy even loves to dance, as evidenced in this Harlem Shake video (he’s in the Batman costume).

Joe isn’t sure what to make of McCoy’s behavior. Perhaps he was just getting “his mind right,” as Jameis ordered following his dance.

46 Responses to “Rare Outside Move For Gerald McCoy”

  1. OneLove Says:

    Come on Joseph! He probably didn’t want to embarrass Jameis in a dance off!!

  2. Idontwannahearitanymore Says:

    Is GMC jealous? That’s pretty childish considering how much he’s making.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    You can’t make too much out of everything you see on or off the field. Each player has there own pre and post game routine & unique behavior…..I think nothing of it.

    There are those who will take every option to pick on GMC…..this will likekly be one of them.

  4. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Joe – This is what I was talking about in the comment a few articles ago. Dude is legitimately pouting this year. Not saying to get him out of here, just that we need to stop talking about him as a leader. He’s just another player. Sure, he has plenty of talent. Until there is legitimate production and legitimate playmaking, he’s just a guy. A guy we’ll want to keep, of course, but let’s stop calling him a leader just because he calls himself one. We’ve seen who the guys on the team are gravitating to and who they want to be led by.

  5. Supersam Says:

    Should let him walk and drafted Aaronn Donald, instead of Mike no hands Evans. We would’ve saved a boatload of money and Aarron Donald is twice the player McCoy is. Simple as that.

  6. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Supersam – H

  7. Evo Says:

    I called the same thing in last few videos released from the team. Seems Mccoy is pouting. And honestly good riddance !!! I’m sick of his loser mentality infecting our team. Can’t wait till Kwon takes over the defense. I think David and Mccoy are betas. Kwon and Jameis are alphas. When they take over this team. We will see more wins. McCoy’s sour puss attitude makes me laugh. It’s sad when a rookie comes in and takes over your team in 6 weeks of an nfl season.

    Makes me wonder if that’s the real reason Mccoy was telling jameis to relax and have fun. Well when that kid has fun. He wins games. When Kwon has fun. He is knocking someone out. Learn a lesson Mccoy.

  8. Pick6 Says:

    has been one of the most talented players on the team for years. on teams witout leadership, that’s enough to make you captain. if certain players continue to develop, the bucs will be able to escape the quagmire that is “leadership by default”.

  9. Bucco Brice Says:

    The McCoy issues might turn into a cancer to “Winston’s team”…time to cut the cord after this year and search a new under tackle…he only knows losing, we’re ready to win…

  10. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Pick6 – well said. His version of leadership is simply being accountable for losses, not leading to wins. I can envision games coming down the road that we win simply because our QB wouldn’t let us lose. GMC has never and will never be a leader like that. He was the face of a bad franchise. I’m ready to look at a new face.

  11. DI Says:

    Something’s definitely not right with GMC this year. I am not a hater on him. I honestly do think that physically he is dealing with something that is interfering with his production on the field. Anyone who suffers any kind of injury knows how the “smallest” of injuries can hurt your performance in any sport or labor related work.

    That being said, I think he may have developed some kind of attitude problem somewhere along the way. We all saw how GMC was before; but now it’s like he is recluse. In the over time game during the coin toss, he looked disinterested. I thought he was just trying to get focused. It did bother me, but I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. But now reading this? A leader will support the team. If a “subordinate” is stepping up and energizing the rest of team, you encourage that. Because you want to promote positive energy and team spirit.

    Now maybe GMC feels like he is losing his power as a leader. Well a football team can have multiple leaders. That’s why there are more than one team captains. Maybe he feels like he is being replaced. He was the face of the franchise at one point and now he is not. Maybe that’s why he has been trying to suppress Jameis. Hold him back. A mature person will do what’s best for the team.

    Is it pride? Selfishness? Or perhaps something deeper, personal? I don’t know. None of us do. I just hope GMC can overcome it.

  12. softastissueMcCoy93 Says:

    His body language has been horrible this year, he seems disinterested. I challenge anyone to look at the coaches film off the ATL game. Watch what McCoy does with Jack Smith Recovers the fumble. He walks off the field with his head down while everyone else celebrates the turnover. Unbelievable, the best part of playing defense is scoring or getting a turnover.

  13. BucFan20 Says:

    Maybe he has come to the reality there are only two ways the offense is going to score. Winston running or Barth has to kick enough Field Goals. So hope is low they will win. Even against a bad team.

  14. Defense Rules Says:

    I agree with Tampabaybucfan 100% … y’all are trying hard to create conflict where none exists in my opinion. I’m convinced that GMC’s hurting, but that he’s a warrior and doesn’t want to let his team down. We’ve already lost McDonald. McDaniel hasn’t stepped up for whatever reason (injury?) and we’ve lost a ton of DEs already. I’d bet that GMC is more frustrated with his lack of sacks and tackles than any fan in Buc-world, but if his shoulder is beat up I doubt he can play at his 2012-2013-2014 Pro Bowl level.

    Oh that’s right, this is the same DT who went to the Pro Bowl all three of those years, isn’t he. The same DT who everyone considered to be one of the two best DTs in the NFL. Do y’all REALLY believe that GMC is ‘disinterested’ (as softastissueMcCoy93 says)? Or that he’s being ‘selfish’ (as DI says)? Or that GMC is going to ‘turn into a cancer to “Winston’s team”’ (as Bucco Brice says)?

    Or maybe as Evo says y’all are ‘sick of his loser mentality infecting our team’. Ya right. The same GMC who anchored a mediocre DLine for years here in Buc-world because of piss-poor drafting and stupid FA signings.

    I think I know now who has the ‘loser mentality’ in Buc-world: Far too many pretend fans who only show up when the Bucs win, and then fade back into the woodwork when they lose.

  15. 911bucs Says:

    Maybe he just doesn’t want to be here anymore

  16. DI Says:

    @Defense Rules

    Easy there chief. I never said he was selfish. I just listing possibilities as to some of the things it could be. I also suggested that he may be going through something personally in his life. Either way, something is bothering him that is causing an attitude change. Just listen to any of his interviews, he isn’t like how he was before. I really have nothing against him. And I am not one of those who nit pick on his every move. I don’t want him to be hurt, I don’t want him to have an attitude problem. I don’t even care if he’s a “leader”. I just want him to be one of the best players on the team.

  17. Eric Says:

    Oh yeah, be so much better off without McCoy and Evans.


  18. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    First I agree with TBBF and DefenseRules. We don’t want to put every movement under the microscope and read something into it. We can all chill.

    Having said that I think Pick6 is on to something..

    one of the most talented players on the team for years. on teams witout leadership, that’s enough to make you captain…“leadership by default”.

    I think there has been a lot of that going on. GMC has talent, he has a certain charisma, but he hasn’t looked like an effective leader. That’s OK…many really talented players are not necessarily blessed with leadership and other less talented players may be natural leaders. Great football skill and leadership skill are separate talents and skill sets.

    Every now and then you get a player with both…talent and leadership…can you say #3!!!!

  19. Defense Rules Says:

    @StPeteBucsFan … ‘Every now and then you get a player with both…talent and leadership…can you say #3!!!!’

    Bingo! We have a winner.

    @DI … If I misread your inference about GMC, then I apologize. No one really knows what’s going on with him except the coaches and himself. Everyone else is just speculating … about what’s happened to our perennial Pro Bowl caliber DT this year.

    Results count, and the result Sunday was that Gerald McCoy … most likely hurt … played 3/4ths of the defensive snaps, and anchored a DLine that gave up only 42 yds rushing and 2 rushing 1st downs to a high-powered offense. The defense plays their best game of the year, and far too many are bad-mouthing the DLine anchor. I just don’t get it I guess.

  20. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think GMC knows he isn’t playing at 100% and it’s getting to him…..I think he is nursing an injury but can still play….
    I wouldn’t call it pouting….but I do give way to the possibility that he knows his leadership future is at a minimum going to be shared by others…
    We have several now when a couple of years ago we only had GMC.

    Get off the guy’s back fans….he’ll be back….he our Buc,and a damn good one!!!

  21. Chris Says:

    I’m more inclined to side with the latter, as McCoy played one of his better games of the season, making a living in the backfield vs one of the better offensive lines in the league. Let’s not make a mole out of an ant hill here, chief.

  22. DI Says:

    @Defense Rules

    I don’t get it either. Too many Buc “fans” are so quick to hate someone for having a subpar year. I think it’s safe to say that Evan’s drops have been way more costly than McCoy’s production yet way less people are trying to run him out of town.

    Strange people.

  23. flmike Says:

    I was listening to an interview with Flacco and he was asked about Ray Lewis and his pre-game routine, Flacco said he got to the point where he tuned him out so he couldn’t even tell you what Lewis was saying or doing most of the time…

  24. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    I think you’ve explained both GMC and ASJ’s “attitudes”.

    We need to realize these guys are not Madden virtual players they are real live human beings. They all are well aware how fleeting their careers are..most won’t make it much past five or six years. In addition they are all fierce competitors.

    Imagine how bad you would feel if your profession your love was taken away from you? Imagine how you would feel if you could play through your injury yet you knew you weren’t playing at your normal level.

    Then the pundits and fans start ripping you but if you say anything about your injury it’s called whining and making excuses…if you don’t then you’re accused of playing poorly.

    I wouldn’t want to be in either GMC’s or ASJ’s cleats right now.

  25. Newbucsfan2 Says:

    I think he is being overshadowed by JW and doesn’t like it. He tried to hold jw back for awhile but it’s not working any more. Plus, he must be frustrated with his play. I feel bad for him, but as the saying goes “cream always rises to the top”. And JW is the teams cream.

  26. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    Ive always been a GMC supporter… but this year idk whats going on. The atlanta game he came up for the coin toss in OT and his body language ready angry teen in juvenile detention. I was shocked. And still shocked as I continue to lose respect for him

  27. DoNUTS Says:

    My stance on GMC has changed…from just SOFT………………
    to SOFT and POUTY.

    GMC does not have the “it” factor….its obvious.

    ASJ….why do we even talk or write about a player who hasn’t played in 8-9 weeks…only in today modern hype media does that happen. The guy is a bust and probably wont be on the roster next year unless we dont want to take cap hit. Stat geeked>> 11 GP and 28 receptions in 2 years….yeah we need him in the lineup…if I were Lovie Id cut ASJ and Jenkins and send a strong message…no room for mistakes or players not willing to play hurt for his teammates.

  28. Buccfan37 Says:

    I keep saying it’s that red spot in his hair. That in itself is a little strange. Whatever McCoy, work it out.

  29. 813bucboi Says:

    I think gmc is pouting…as several of you have mentioned and witnessed yourselves during the coin flip vs. atl it was as if he was pissed he had to continue playing…it really doesn’t make sense…ever since his rookie year he has been this happy-go-lucky teddy bear playing the good sportsmen leader of men role…he was clearly happy all of last year and seemed more disappointed that he didn’t reach 10sack over being 2-14…I think he can sense a culture change and he was really having fun when their were no real expectations surrounding this team…now it seems as if more men(teammates) are following some rookie rather than him and he is disgruntle …with that being said, maybe his shoulder is effecting his attitude as well as his play…think about it..how many of you have ever been happy to be at work while you had a cold?…something just isn’t right with the whole situation…he may be trade bait and the bucs are waiting for him to get a little more healthy and pull the trigger around the draft….GO BUCS!!!!

  30. 813bucboi Says:

    if he was a real leader he would embrace jameis’ leadership qualities knowing that he doesn’t have to lead the entire team all alone…GO BUCS!!!

  31. Defense Rules Says:

    @Jolly Bucs Fan … With 20 mins to go in the Atlanta game, the Bucs were ahead 20-3. So in about 40 mins, our D gave up one field goal. Then in that last 20 mins, our defense allows the Falcons to score 17 unanswered points to tie the game … the last 7 pts with just 23 secs left in the game.

    I think as co-captain of the defense, I’d be a tad bit PO’d at having let the Falcons score and take the game into OT. Perhaps that’s why he looked like an angry teen at the coin toss? Or maybe that’s how GMC psychs himself up for OT? Or maybe his shoulder was ready to fall off? I have no idea. But he sucked it up and we pulled out a win … thanks to our defense and GMC anchoring the center of our DLine. Don’t think I’d lose any respect for him over a coin-toss scowl.

  32. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    What really amuses me is how we body language experts and orthopedic gurus can get inside players minds and bodies and know with certainty how they feel mentally & physically.

    Simply amazing…..

  33. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    I think the only reason GMC looked all pissed during the OT coin toss was because he knew that the camera would be on him. The week before he got killed by a lot of fans because of the smiling with Kirk Cousins after the loss to Washington. He was just showing everyone that he takes it serious and didn’t want a repeat of the week before.

  34. Couch Fan Says:

    I thought the whole jealousy thing was insanely stupid but its becoming more and more valid every week. Very odd.

  35. Bobby Says:

    So it couldn’t possibly be that he’s pissed at the way he’s been performing or that he’s just hurt and exhausted? I seriously doubt he’s pouting but read into it whatever you want. That seems to be the prevailing thing on this website. Conjecture rules with no factual basis. I mean, all the players talk about what a horrible teammate he is right? No? Oh c’mon…they have to be. He’s a big crybaby pouter after all…. This site is entertaining if for nothing else than the sheer idiocy of the posts. “Let’s trade LaVonte and McCoy” sure….great idea.

  36. FanOfBucs Says:

    When did it become normal to discuss football like gossiping 12 year old girls?

    Like omg!

    Stop stirring up drama, Joe, you fricking Nancy pandering dork 😉

  37. Phillip Says:


    I can’t believe how many people will actually believe this nonsense

    Joe writes about what Joe wants.. DRAMA

  38. chargedcbh Says:

    GMC is mad because he is not the leader of rhis team. Hehas checked out! The team is following Winston & he can’t figure out why he didn’t get the same support.

  39. Miguel Grande Says:

    When Jameis was at FL State, I was turned off by his brash goofiness holding court in the pregame locker room. I was wrong. The players loved him there and they love him here. He’s just a goofy son of a gun.

    I was most impressed when he gently grabbed Akeem Spence’s arm after his major screw up. He seemed to have a heart to heart discussion and Akeem was looking him in the eye and buying in 100%.

    He also had every opportunity to throw his OL, Defense or receivers under the bus like Brady or Rodgers. Instead, he insisted that it was all on him but don’t worry, he will get better by hard work and dedication.

    Every young player needs to be coached or led. The tough approach works on some, the compassionate way with others. Some respond to nagging or embarrassment. Some you talk to privately. Some you leave them the hell alone.

    Some coaches like Schiano, Smith or even Gruden have a doghouse that’s almost impossible to climb out of. The are not great leaders of men.

    Some players lead by example, some are great team mates. Some players will take the team and carry it on their backs for short periods of time. Some players are revered for their tenure and accomplishments.

    I think the Bucs may have stumbled upon a once in a lifetime QB who the players will respond to by playing way, way over their heads. He is a truly natural leader of men.

    The secret is the paint a believable picture of success in their minds and help them get there. Everyone wants to succeed but they just don’t know the way.

    I have a feeling we may be in for a heck of a ride.

  40. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    Please ! There were other players just standing around not jumping around AND others were just walking by not joining in. So what……… are they all jealous of The Fameis or malcontents? ??? Reporters always make something out of nothing. Good job Joe. Gotta say I did enjoy the new Buc dance the Fameis put on. Got a kick out of him. It’s great to finally have a qb who is a true leader and doesn’t hang it up after a few mistakes . Is it real or is it Memorex? Neither! It’s Jameis the Fameis Winston !

  41. Defense Rules Says:

    Miguel Grande … “I have a feeling we may be in for a heck of a ride.”

    I’ll second that one. We’re building something special here.

  42. Q Says:

    Like i said 2 alpha males mcoy so negative smdh

  43. Newbucsfan2 Says:

    Curious….who was the player who stepped up to JW after his post game speech, he was smiling and nodding in agreement and then spook his hand? Was that McCoy ?

  44. Joe Says:

    Joe writes about what Joe wants.. DRAMA

    Yup. Joe gives fans what they want: Drama.

    Drama sells.

  45. k1ngadroc Says:

    I’m a fan of GMC, period. He’s leading the better run d in the league. I agree with some of the comments here that there has been a change or shift in his attitude this year. Seems like he’s sick of dealing with the press/criticism/limelight whatever. I hope he works it out because the bucs need him at his best to win a championship! Go Bucs

  46. orlbucfan Says:

    There is NOTHING like reading the dimwitted comments of a bunch of bandwagon “fans.” Gerald McCoy has led this team for years. That’s in spite of idiot ownership, constant HC firings, GM fired, you-name-it. He has been a class act both on and off the field. Jameis Winston hasn’t proven he’s a class act yet. Jury’s out on if he can continue to behave himself OFF the field. Hey Joe (old classic rock tune–the song, not you), pick on something else to stir up the masses. Leave Sir Gerald alone. The guy is playing injured. He’s still raising havoc in the other team’s backfield. Our run D proves it. Go Mighty Bucs–defeather the eaglets Sunday!! NFC East–NFC Least.