Jameis Talks GMC Sitdown

July 29th, 2016
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Jameis explains his sitdown with GMC.

Two days ago, Gerald McCoy shocked Bucs fandom when he said he and America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, had a “private conversation” and the team now thoroughly belongs to Jameis.

GMC wouldn’t offer too much of what was said in the sitdown but yesterday, but Jameis let a few details out.

It seems, in short, Jameis wants GMC to be more vocal with defensive teammates and hold them to a higher standard.

“I just talked to him after the season, just to get his insight on how I was as a leader,” Jameis said. “I believe Gerald is a great leader to this team, and he’s not the only leader that we’ve got. I just know that he has a little bit more in him.

“You should’ve seen him out here working with (defensive ends) Noah Spence and Kourtnei Brown, the things that he put into these players. Even me, when I first got here he put so much into me. I just asked him, ‘Keep doing it, bring it up a notch, step it up,’ just like I have to do, just like we all have to do.

“[GMC should] just continue to step up, continue to be who [he is]. He’s a [four]-time Pro Bowler defensive tackle, he’s a great voice and everyone will listen to him on our team.”

You know, Jameis has a point. GMC cherished his role as team leader but unlike Jameis, you didn’t see GMC pump up a player, get a player to relax when he is losing his cool, or scold a teammate who needed a tongue-lashing.

Oh, Joe has seen GMC in a postgame locker room holler loud enough so Lavonte David could hear him, heaping praise on David’s play.

Remember when Akeem Spence got yanked out of a game by Lovie for a dumb penalty late against the Giants at home? Who was the first player to talk to Spence on the sideline to try to calm him down? Not GMC, but Jameis.

Joe believes Jameis wants GMC to do things like that. Make sure his defensive teammates are held accountable. If it takes getting in someone’s ear to get said player to play better or to motivate him, then do so.

Joe finds nothing wrong with such a goal.

27 Responses to “Jameis Talks GMC Sitdown”

  1. R.O Says:

    Problem is GMC wants his teammates to like him.. Sapp didn’t give a $hit if someone liked him.

  2. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Time to step it up GMC!

  3. BFFL Says:

    I don’t doubt gmc’s talent, just his competitiveness. Excellent job by jw to demand it.

  4. The Buc Realist Says:

    Can you be a leader if you have been told to lead after years of telling everyone that he was the unquestioned leader???? Sounds like middle management to me!!!!

  5. tmaxcon Says:

    Great job by Jameis

  6. canadian bucsfan Says:

    GMC will have his best season yet and break the 10 sack mark.

  7. Bob in Valrico Says:

    This team when we have at least four leaders on defense. They all don’t have be outspoken but their play should speak for itself.At least one at D-Line, linebacker, corner, and safety.More is more better.

  8. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    U can’t coach leadership into a player, your either born a natural leader or your not. Now GMC is one of the leaders on this defense, don’t get me wrong, he’s just not that type of vocal, firey type leader that Jameis is. If your looking for more of that kind of leadership it would probably be King Kwon (that’s my new nickname 4 him) I think he will slowly become the biggest leader on that side of the ball. But until then, LVD and GMC will hold it down.

    And I think the reason for GMC not being a part of the pre game speaches with Winston last year is that he was the leader before and told Jameis when he got here to not try and do everything yourself and just be u. Be a rookie. But we all know that isn’t in Jameis blood, and he shocked not just GMC but the whole world how quick he became the leader, so imagine being in GMC’s shoes at the time, and he had a rookie making him look kinda silly so it just took him time to get used to it and accept it. And that he has, he knows who the leader is and supports it 100% imo. GMC wants to win just as bad as any of us do, and he knows that #3 is the key to bringing playoff football back to the bay.

  9. tmaxcon Says:

    Gmc needs to stay Healthy and make plays when it matters most on 3rd downs and on critical drives late in the game. Plays that stop or shift momentum. His sack numbers don’t matter the timing of his plays matter more a 2nd down sack in the first qtr is meaningless if the team converts a 3rd and 15 like it’s a gimmie…. he is not a leader and there is no excuse for the pouting and walking away from his teammates last year when winston was pumping up the team. Just play your game and let others lead. Lead by working hard and making plays… the defense can not lose focus after big plays and penalties like last year. Lvd’s own words… the entire defense including lvd and gmc needs to be more mentally tough

  10. Bucsfanman Says:

    You have to change the culture and that’s no easy task, especially for a perennial loser. The Bucs have a leader willing to pick up those around him. It seems like the team is shaping into a family, rallying around its patriarch and taking on his persona.
    I want to get excited for Bucs football again. It has to start with a change in the mindset. Change the culture, tear down that wall and lets go bust some people’s heads in (metaphorically speaking, of course!)!!!

  11. softastissueMcCoy93 Says:

    Yes, it’s time to see the best McCoy this year. I hope that you become the dominant player and leader that our defense needs.

    Stay healthy and Go Bucs!

  12. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    I feel what you said Demboyz..

  13. Buccfan37 Says:

    DemBoyzFromDaBay727… I agree with that opinion, like King Kwon also.

  14. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Sapp may have been one of the greatest DT’s of all time. He was far from the greatest leader and he certainly was NOT the leader on that SB team.

    He was “one” of the leaders on the field because of his play…but make no mistake…DB55 led that defense.

    For a variety of reasons perhaps neither Sapp nor GMC were created to be “leaders”. I have a feeling that soon Kwon will pick up some slack on the defense.

  15. Bryan Says:

    “I just know that he has a little bit more in him.” HAHAHA! Watch out Jameis, you are in danger of being labeled a hater!

  16. shouldhavedraftedefiert Says:

    @stpetebucsfan exactly! Anyone remember #55 destroying a water cooler cause he missed a tackle? If GMC had that kind of passion he’d be a monster.

  17. Mr V frompc Says:

    Sapp was the”leader” on that and everyone else followed including Mr. Derrick Brooks.

  18. Mr V frompc Says:

    ^ team

  19. Nick Says:

    GMC is and always has been below average as a leader, just don’t got it.

    Nice of him to give JW what he already took.

  20. DB55 Says:

    Friends, countrymen lend me your eyes.

    You know this the PC version of the conversation you know darn well it is. I won’t rant cuz I feel so validated.

    Someone said it best the other day. Gmc leave Bruce banner at home we need the hulk on the field. Hulk SMASH! For 60 minutes.

    I get the feeling this convo was not supposed to hit the media as JW and koetter were a bit surprised by the question. Koetter almost seemed upset it was brought up.

    I got a feeling that if gmc can’t buy into what we’re building here he might very well get traded. Bottom line is gmc is waaaaaaaayyyyyyy too talented to play half a$$ all the time. He very well could be better than Sapp if he played with some emotion. That’s what JW wants and needs, and that’s what we all want and need.

    Finally, it seems like gmc compares himself to Sapp way more often than any of us do.

    “I just know that he has a little bit more in him.” – JW

    “I want a bunch of guys that are going to play hard-nosed, emotional football.” – Dirk Koetter

    Do you see a trend?

  21. Bob in Valrico Says:

    I think , Sapp, Brooks,Ronde , and lynch were all leaders.Obviously, some were quieter than others but their play did the talking.

  22. JMicSoundsNice Says:

    We’ll probably knock McCoy’s leadership style for as long as he’s a member of the organization because, quite simply, he’s not the vocal, boisterous, and fiery leader we’ve come to expect team leaders in this sport to be. In a game that demands commitment and exposes the weaknesses of those who aren’t committed, I’ll be the first to concede that Gerald hasn’t always come across as someone willing to make certain sacrifices. In my experience, sacrifice is a major tenet of great leadership.

    Ultimately, though, it’s not about how you lead or whether you’re willing to lead or whether you proclaim you’re the face of the franchise or whatever. You can do all of that, but if no one follows you, what’s the point? To me, that’s what separates Jameis and Gerald.

    Whether or not he’s a leader isn’t for me to decide, but from the time I saw Jameis Winston’s first TD drive against Pittsburgh during his freshmen season at FSU, I could tell he had already earned the attention and admiration of that entire legion of folks. As a huge ‘Canes fan it was hard for me to watch, but the belief among those crazies that he could lead them to a national title was so tangible it was scary. We know how that story played out, and we know how last year went. The consistent theme has been his ability to make people believe. And it’s not because he’s vocal, boisterous, and fiery. It’s because he believes, not just in himself, but in those around him. People gravitate towards that kind of energy.

    The link below is a scene from Any Given Sunday. If you haven’t seen it, shame on you. LT’s (aka Shark’s) first line sums up the essence of leadership, in my opinion.


  23. America's Commenter Says:

    GMC does not appear to be a true team leader. He’s a talented individual contributor and he will praise teammates, but he seems to shy away from confrontation and holding teammates accountable for mistakes or poor performances.

    Winston is probably wasting his time trying to change GMC. Kwon Alexander seems to share Winston’s style and swagger, he’s much more fit to become the true leader the defense needs.

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  25. Buccaneers Says:

    I never expected Gerald to be a vocal leader. Thats not something you can realistically expect from anybody. Everybody has their own way of doing there jobs……..You do need vocal leaders on the field to instill the mindset that Busfanman talked about. Its up to the FO to identify and get guys that can do it. Like they did with Mankins.

    Threres no doubt that the defense suffers from a lack of leadership and accountability. Faulting one player for that is foolish. The correct blame should be on the front office.

    And anybody who thinks Gerald plays half azzed is not watching.

  26. DB55 Says:

    I think one thing we can all agree on when it comes to gmc helping JW is gmc can help JW get some glasses.

    Come’on you know I luv’m but sometimes I wonder if he can see all the way downfield. Remember in the combine when he led the WR into a table. Dude made the catch then busted his arrs. Lmao hilarious yet not funny.

  27. William Walls Says:

    We have a good core of leaders on this team now. But Jameis is the Supreme Leader. We should call him Snoke.