PFF Hammers GMC

July 5th, 2016


Just days after seemingly defending Bucs stud defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, the PFF tribe had an about-face and took the hammer to GMC this morning.

In short, the PFF tribe believes GMC has one of the worst contracts in the NFL and is taking Team Glazer to the cleaners, so types Eric Eager.

2. Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Years remaining on current deal: Six
Average remaining cap hit: $12.99 million
Year he can realistically be cut: 2018

The Buccaneers rewarded McCoy with a seven-year, $95.2 million contract extension midway through the 2014 campaign, and for good reason—he finished second, first, and second among defensive tackles in cumulative grades during his 2012–2014 campaigns. His pass-rushing productivity of 11.1 in 2013 and 9.4 in 2014 finished first and fifth, respectively, among defensive tackles. However, 2015 was a different story for the former top-three pick; he finished 65th among interior defenders in total grading (73.0), and was especially poor against the run (46.6).

There’s always a risk to signing a player to the type of deal McCoy received, and there have been some reports that his work ethic left something to be desired last year (he’s denied said reports). Unfortunately, if the trend continues with McCoy, Tampa Bay has little in the way of flexibility regarding his contract until 2018; if they cut McCoy at any point before then, they are on the hook for at least $13.74 million in dead money. The new coaching staff in Tampa Bay will therefore need to work to get McCoy back to 2012–2014 levels in order to come close to receiving the top-three value his contract represents moving forward.

Couple of things jump out at Joe about this screed. First, zero mention of GMC playing hurt most of the year and missing games. No mention at all (then again, injuries cannot be found on spreadsheets, can they?). Second, this Eager character sure was eager to imply GMC is a loafer based on the outrageous allegation of Vaughn McClure of from an unidentified source.  (Since Joe is typing this from Sin City, Joe is willing to lay cash the rumor came from an agent of a certain B1G coach in the Illinois cornfields).

As always, Joe believes GMC is a good player. He is not Warren Sapp. He may not be Aaron Donald. So what? There is no shame in that. Guess what, Lavonte David isn’t Lawrence Taylor or Derrick Brooks. Doug Martin isn’t Gayle Sayers or Warrick Dunn. Big deal.

When someone offers Joe a tried and true formula that details X-amount of dollars spent = Y-wins/losses, then Joe will pay attention to salary cap issues. This just in: No such formula exists because if there was one, every NFL team would use it.

58 Responses to “PFF Hammers GMC”

  1. Bucsfanman Says:

    The stats also don’t take into account almost ZERO behind or next to him in the way of run/pass support, especially pass support. I’m not sure the players he’s compared to would have the same statistics without some support.

    Cue the haters!

  2. ndog Says:

    Said it before and will say it again. Use your eyes watch the games and then tell me this guy is a difference maker. Forget money, draft position, talk, top 100 rankings forget it all. Just watch week in and week out and you will notice a startling amount of silence espically when it matters the most that’s all I care about.

  3. RachelWatson'sthong Says:


  4. Cobraboy Says:

    I wonder if GMC touched PFF in a naughty place…or if PFF is schizo…

  5. tmaxcon Says:

    Most overrated buc in history

  6. Buccaneers Says:

    People hate GMC because he is a gracious loser and plays with sportsmanship and is a great role models and he has fun playing.

  7. tmaxcon Says:


    First of its all i don’t hate GMC.I don’t like his play. He’s hurt all the time and rarely if ever makes a play when it matters all the nice guy crap is great and I personally respect that but he’s paid to make impact plays not host movie night.

  8. Bucsfanman Says:

    @tmax- Your statement should read, “most un-supported Buc…” Other than Michael Bennett, who has GMC ever played with that’s worth mentioning? When the guy is healthy (I know, don’t say it) he’s a force to be reckoned with.
    GMC is the definition of the following statement:
    “It’s hard to soar like an eagle when you’re surrounded by turkeys!”

  9. DB55 Says:

    Lies, lies all lies. We all know GMC is the greatest. He plays hurt, has no help and uhm uhm is the most stand up person any community can ask for. Numbers mean nothing, wins mean nothing, only smiles, smiles are really all that count.

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

  10. DB55 Says:

    Ndog says:

    Use your eyes watch the games and then tell me this guy is a difference maker.
    How am I supposed to do that while at hooters and downing 2 pitchers? Watch the game? Come on shun, all I know is “they” say he’s great so he’s great.

  11. DB55 Says:

    Joe says:

    He may not be Aaron Donald. So what?
    Wow! How the mighty have fallen. Last year it was laughable to compare the two. This year you concede it’s not even a comparison. I told you all 2 years ago that he’s not A.D but what do I know? Lol.

  12. DB55 Says:

    I expect a big trade coming soon. “Stay Tuned”.

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

  13. tnew Says:

    If he was Aaron Donald, this post would not have to be written.

    There is a book called Grit. Very good book, but it illustrates what I think GMC lacks. The big aha in the book has to do with the relationship between talent, effort, skill and achievement. The authors premise is that effort counts twice. To be elite, one must possess amazing talent (GMC has loads) and amazing effort. I think GMC has good effort. Really good effort. We as fans believe he has elite talent. We just ache for his effort to match his talent. While GMC works hard, most every nfl player does, his apparent effort just doesn’t match his obvious talent. I think that GMC is a really good player. I just hope every year he becomes elite. Probably not fair.

    As far as giving him more of a reason for his drop off in play due to injury, I believed that for the entire season, up until the end. Somehow, he felt healthy enough to participate in the pro bowl.

    Some will say I’m just hating, some will say defending.

  14. DB55 Says:


    We as fans believe he has elite talent. We just ache for his effort to match his talent.
    1000% in agreement.

  15. tmaxcon Says:


    Well put

  16. Defense Rules Says:

    Joe, I never know whether you’re really defending GMC or using trolls like PFF to get ‘stuff started’. Personally don’t care if Gerald is Aaron Donald or anyone else. Just want him to be the absolute best that he can be on the field as a member of the Bucs. The amount of money he gets paid doesn’t interest me in the slightest … that was between him and the Bucs owners & management.

    GMC has been in the league 6 years, but was hurt a good chunk of the first 2 years. Look at the last 4 years:
    o Started 60 games … 15 games per year average.
    o Has 31.5 sacks … 8 sacks per year average.
    o Has 149 tackles & assists … over 37 per year average.
    o All-Pro all 4 years and team captain all 4 years.

    Compare him with Ndamukong Suh and you’ll find that GMC’s performance stacks up very well (GMC has more sacks in those 4 yrs actually). Aaron Donald’s only played for 2 years, plays on a better defense and is used somewhat differently in that defense … unfair comparison.

    More reason I don’t pay attention to what PFF says.

  17. tmaxcon Says:

    Defense Rules

    GMC has been All-Pro Once not 4 times…. probowls are nothing more than a popularity contest and mean nothing at all….

  18. Buc1987 Says:

    Rolling my eyes.

  19. Buccaneers Says:

    GMC is part of the solution not part of the problem. Why don’t we pick on a guy like Verner? Dude drops three gimme picks last year and was left out to dry on coverage…….The guy was asked to do a job and let us down…….How about Jack Smith who was sucking wind after two plays……..How about Danny Lannsahan running into his own players………How about Chris Conte who lines up over center when his responsibility was on the sidelines, twice I one game!!!

    Your harping on one of the few guys who is actually doing his job here and doing it quite well I may add………shoot even Levonta David dropped an int and seemingly forgot how to tackle in the first few games last year……..Gerald is a fine player and was surrounded see by a pile of bums last year. When other players around him step up, like Kwon did last year, this defense looks a lot more able. Want somebody to blame your barking up the wrong tree.

  20. Buc1987 Says:

    The Bucs just need more game changers and LEADERS on D. GMC is neither one.


  21. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Old news, but true news.

  22. Buc1987 Says:

    GMC will be exposed this season to many fans that don’t see it.

  23. Buccaneers Says:

    So when you can’t run the ball at GMC that doesn’t change the game?

  24. DB55 Says:

    Week 14 vs Saints. Last play of the 3rd and beginning of the 4th. Look it up.

    Oh my bad you don’t watch the games. What you’ll see is Hightower walking into the EZ through GMCs gap while he’s being blocked 1 on 1. Didn’t even try to make the tackle. Next you see Cullen chewing him a new @hole on the sidelines, McDonald has to step in and break it up. Hard worker? Absolutely works hard waxing his Rolls Royce. Charmin Charmin Charmin Charmin.

    We lost that game by 7 points.

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

  25. tmaxcon Says:


    nice try GMC is barely the third best run stopper on the bucs dline. He is a good player that is hurt all the time and has screwed up priorities. you can’t give the guy credit and defend him for supposedly playing hurt all last year yet the fool shows up and plays in the meaningless dog and pony show the pro bowl.

  26. DB55 Says:

    Hayes won’t stand for his Charmin ways. Schiano tried but didn’t have the support. I def feel a big trade is coming and all the “experts” in TB are going to be butthurt. Fortunately you can now buy butthurt cream.

  27. Buccaneers Says:

    Right DB55, I remember that game. Your talking about the game in which the completed a 3rd and 24 then a 3rd and 21 and then another 3rd and 18. I know it was three of em…..not sure about the exact down and distance but I’m close…………..So what’s your point about us losing by 7?

  28. Buccaneers Says:

    Well we can disagree about his runs topping ability. But I find it Ludacris that you will claim to know what his priorities are.

  29. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I duno what games you guys watch but I’ve seen many plays from GMC over the years that I had to rewind because they were so ridiculous. Splitting double teams and destroying the RB or throwing an o-lineman down with 1 freaking hand. Insane explosion and timing sometimes off the snap that is just incredible.

    Even Von Miller has looked like a ghost in lots of games and a beast in others and he’s about to get some insane QB money. The only defensive player who you can usually visibly see effecting almost every play is JJ Watt and his stat line is pretty weak in various games too.

    The contract we gave to GMC was masterful in my opinion. We locked him up before the DT market exploded with Suh’s contract. He’s been as good as Suh and costs like 6-7 mill less per year which is absolutely insane. He’s more accomplished by far than Fletcher Cox who makes like 17 mill per year.

    This is one of the dumbest things PFF has ever put out and that says a lot

  30. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “GMC has been All-Pro Once not 4 times…. probowls are nothing more than a popularity contest and mean nothing at all….”

    They mean a lot if its a Buc player considering its one of the least popular teams in the league… using your own logic.

  31. DB55 Says:

    Hightower walking into the EZ through GMCs gap while he’s being blocked 1 on 1. Didn’t even try to make the tackle. – that’s my point!

    Unlike you I can state qrt, down, distance and time. I’m not remembering what could have been I’m staring what actually happened. My point is some of youz are so enamored with his smile you won’t even take the time to see the facts. Facts is outside of the first qrt dude is pure trash especially when he’s supposed to be this great player. #charmin.

  32. tmaxcon Says:


    playing in a meaningless game while supposedly injured or rehabbing an injury especially one that so many want to say was severe is setting bad priorities period.

  33. tmaxcon Says:

    Lord Cornelius

    the voting process is a joke and they are usually down to 5th and 6th alternates at 30% or more of the positions. pro bowls are a joke and meaningless any way you want to look at it.

  34. Buc1987 Says:

    PFF is saying what some of us fans have been saying for awhile now.

    The play doesn’t match the pay.

  35. Buccaneers Says:

    No tax it isn’t. That’s in your head. Exactly which details do you have about the status of his injury or whee he was at with it? I doubt any…….Shoot I didn’t pay no attention, did he even play I. The game much?

  36. Buccaneers Says:

    Yeah DB55, McCoy missed a play. Hell miss plenty other too. I just question why you brought up that we lost by 7. GMC was not our problem that game. Our secondary was awful. How do you let three third and very longs get completed like that?

    If you are trying to blame McCoy for that loss your out of your mind.

  37. tmaxcon Says:

    The bottom line on GMC is I will be the happiest guy in the world if the bucs win 10 games and gmc has double digit sacks including a few critical 3rd down stops or a game ender…. the better he plays the better chance the bucs have at a playoff shot but the reality is he will probably get hurt and hit IR by week 7. there are no more excuses. he is no longer the face of the franchise. he has been replaced as the leader of the team. More importantly, he has proven help all around him. he can’t go crying to glazers about coaches anymore either. shciano was too mean so they gave him mr softee how did that work out. good coach smith is proven you dont win multiple coach of the year because you have one good season… loveie was a joke and a media creation that had one lucky year in chicago.

  38. DB55 Says:

    Well that goes without saying ….

  39. DB55 Says:

    We gotta fix the “why’s” on this team. We gonna fix it this off season I garuntee.

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

  40. Buccaneers Says:

    We can win with McCoy our interior D-Line is the least of the problems on defense.

  41. tmaxcon Says:


    you are right about being able to win with mccoy you are wrong about him being the least of the teams worries. His injury history proves that wrong theory wrong.

  42. Buccaneers Says:

    Then you better worry about most of our skill players on offense. Getting injuries is part of the game. Good teams better get real lucky or they better have solid depth pieces.

    Injury excuses are usually a cop out excuse for fans that don’t realize their team wasn’t as good as they thought. Each player is important on a team including the guy behind Kwon and the guy behind McCoy.

  43. SuperSam Says:

    Never been a McCoy fan, never liked his soft attitude. Don’t get me wrong I love Mike Evans but I was beating this keyboard to death trying to get Licht to draft Aaron Donald.

  44. Defense Rules Says:

    Buc1987, tmaxcon and DB55 … Lots of players who I don’t care for also, but at least give GMC credit for what he has done. I keep seeing the same comments (injuries, soft, not worth the money, etc) popping up over and over. None of you seem to ever give him credit for things like him starting almost 95% of Bucs games in last 4 years, leading the Bucs in sacks over that period … as an interior DLineman. Soft? I don’t think so. Injured a bunch? No more than any other in-the-trenches DT. Makes too much money? I’d much rather pay his salary than Suh’s, and besides, who cares? Fans who worry about perceived bad contracts should be looking at management, not the players.

  45. Buc1987 Says:

    Defense Rules …it’s just comes down to a difference of opinion then. For me it really is just about that. His play doesn’t match his pay. I guess it’s not his fault though if they wanted to give him all that money.

    Fans questioned Revis’ pay too. 16 million freed up gets you a lot of players. It’s just that we had the wrong guy doing the shopping. So I DO wonder sometimes what players the Bucs could get by unloading McCoy’s salary.

    That really is just it for me, because hell we did have a “ghost” at DE who robbed the Glazers for a helluva lot more than McCoy has robbed them.

    It’s not my money, but I’d like to watch them spend it.

  46. Buc1987 Says:

    Oh and he is still explosive off the line. So I’m no hater. I’ve seen the explosion just like everyone else.

    Do I blame McCoy for the losses? No I don’t. I blame Raheem (not really his fault), I blame Schiano and I blame Lovie.

    I never put too much fault on GM’s. As most of them are doing the shopping at the recommendation of their coaches these days. At least that’s what I believe anyways.

  47. Gambelero Says:

    A can’t cover secondary that allows 70% completions, many of them quick pitch and catch slants, will significantly impact a d-tackle’s tfl stats

  48. Defense Rules Says:

    Buc1987 … Didn’t mean to imply that you were a GMC ‘hater’ and I have no doubt that you’re not. It’s just that it’s so easy for us fans to focus on a player’s ‘negatives’ and disregard the good things he brings to the table. To me, all great defenses have at least one ‘anchor’ on their DLine. Sapp was that anchor during his day, but he certainly didn’t do it alone; Bucs had lots of other solid talent surrounding him back in our SB heyday. Did #99 lift them up (so to speak) and get them to play better? I think he did, and I believe that’s something GMC needs to focus on more (DLineman, like OLinemen, are a breed unto their own from what I’ve seen, and need someone within their own ‘clan’ to keep pushing them).

  49. Loggedontosay Says:

    How many are dating GMC? Nothing wrong with that. But, it might be why he cannot play football too many dates. JJ Watts played hurt; Mike Evans played hurt…

  50. DB55 Says:

    Defense rules

    Why the hate? Is that your question? Not sure I have enough room to answer. Tmax may have said it best, he’s the most overrated player in buc history.

    I have a thousand things I want to say but don’t know how to phrase them. All I know is this ……

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

    He DOES NOT fit that mold.

  51. gotbbucs Says:

    3/4 of the guys in the NFL are playing hurt on a weekly basis. That’s a BS crutch to lean on constantly for this guy.
    Decent player, not a difference maker. Aaron Donald took over our game against the Rams, GMC has never had a game that even closely resembled that.
    I’ve said it before, this team will start consistently winning as soon as he’s gone.

    Maybe a move out to 5-tech when we go into subpackages will help, who knows.

  52. Rod Munch Says:

    Warrick Dunn, 22nd all time in NFL history in rushing and 22nd all time in all-purpose yards, 17th all time in yards from scrimmage.

    How is Dunn not even in the HOF conversation? Like I get that he might not make it, but like with Simeon Rice how does his name not even get up for consideration?

  53. Trubucfan22 Says:

    So the previous 2 years he was among the best DTs in the entire league. He has one injury plagued year and now it is the worst contract in the league?

    Give me a break. We all know GMC was hurt last year, it was obvious to anyone watching. His play was impacted by the injury. He could have and maybe should have took more games off or even went on IR to rest up, but he battled through it.

    When GMC has multiple bad years, I will get skeptical, but 1 down year is not going to change my opinion of him.

    If we are going to use run defense against GMC. Let’s look at the stats. The Bucs ranked second in the entire league for yards per attempt. Apparently that terrible run defense effort that GMC had didn’t hurt his team too much. Possibly if GMC wasn’t such a freaking loaf then we could have had the best run defense. DAMN YOU GERALD!

  54. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I think that GMC will do good with some humbling. He had a bad year and the media is chewing him up for it. He will be back strong IMO. He has an ego and his manhood is being questioned. He will respond. I also think he will help lead the defense the right way. He has seen how it is supposed to be done, and now he can just reiterate and reinforce what Jameis is doing. If you guys haven’t noticed, top end DTs are getting paid huge contracts. Whether you are a fan or not, GMC is one of the better DTs in this league. Sure he is soft, and not as good Donald, or sapp, or whoever you want to compare him to. But it doesn’t change the fact he has performed at an Elite level as a DT for multiple years.

  55. DB55 Says:

    15 games 32 tackles. 34 last year. He’s really putting his stamp on the 2nd best def. account for his false starts and he’s prob giving yards away.

  56. Cold Brews Says:

    Lol @ the “GMC trade incoming!!” Crew… We are unbelievably thin at DT and you guys think we are going to trade our best defensive lineman?

  57. Piratic Says:

    Welcome to Vegas, Joe!

    There’s no last call here…be careful.

  58. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    F&@$ PFF.

    I really don’t know why you even report on these twits, Joe. All they do is manipulate numbers to suit their agenda.