Inside The On-Field McCoy

September 16th, 2016
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So what’s it really like to be on a defensive line with Gerald McCoy in the heat of battle?

Defensive end Robert Ayers was hit with that question last night on the Buccaneers Radio Network.

Ayers, 31, played his first real game with McCoy and served up the lowdown.

“It was fun. To be honest with you, he was one of the reasons I wanted to play here,” Ayers said of McCoy. “I love playing with great players. I love picking his brain. He’s very, very smart and understands the game and has a unique way of approaching it.

“The only thing I found out about the game [situation in Atlanta] is that he’s very composed. Out there, you know, things get tough and you look at him and he’s the same way. He’s very focused. He’s very dialed in. You can communicate with him easily. He knows what the opponent is trying to do, so it’s fun, man.

“He’s a very intelligent player. He’s a beast but he’s very in tune with what the other team is going to attack. He helps me a lot. He really does. He gives me a lot of information. We can communicate very good. I’m lovin’ it, man. That dude, he’s a monster, and he’s very, very smart. So it was fun.”

These sure are tough times for the McCoy haters.

Joe likes what Ayers is saying because it offers more hope that finally the Bucs might have a defensive end that can capitalize on all McCoy has to offer.

18 Responses to “Inside The On-Field McCoy”

  1. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    Hit Palmer… Hit him hard and hit him often.

  2. DB55 Says:

    Punch him in the face….wait what wrong article.

  3. Architek Says:

    Joe you guys find the funniest captions😭

  4. tmaxcon Says:

    Palmer can and should be broken..

  5. Buccfan37 Says:

    I see Palmer as an injury waiting to happen. One bone jarring hit is all it will take. Give it to him Bucs!

  6. BigStinky Says:

    We need more pressure this week in the desert. Can’t believe we lost JS56 the first week and now Ayers has a sore ankle already too. Man this sucks! Hoped the D-line was going to be one of the strong positions on the team this year.

  7. Mike Johnson Says:

    All of you are right. Palmer is one big hit Away from the retirement home. Question is? Whose gonna give it to him?? What team’s gonna do it? Palmer is an old/wise/salty veteran. He’s seen it all. And he is..tough as nails. IF..IF we can get bigtime pressure on him? He folds. Ohhh, but he does have a great O line guys. Just sayin..we gotta bring pressure like bats outta hell Sunday. If not, Palmer will air it out. I just hope Coach Johnson has some Defensive rotation going on. Because our D line will earn its paycheck this week. The AZ cards are known to wear you down then strike hard in the 4th.

  8. Dave Says:

    I don’t want up seep alter knocked out and injured. They’d messed up. I do want to see a lot of consistent pressure and a bunch of sacks and QB hits.
    I really want to see Spence notch a sack!
    I also want to see some INTs. Pressure on Palmer has always lead to INTs.

  9. Dave Says:

    “Seep alter” should have said “see Palmer”

  10. Ray Rice Says:


    Want to get Aunt Geraldine mad? Ask him… Do you have any personal goals this season? Can you share any wisdom you have gotten from Warren Sapp in the past or any advice he has given you before or this year?

  11. gilhealy Says:

    I think we’ll get some good push in the middle to make Palmer uncomfortable, and hurry his action. Wouldn’t be surprised if Smitty went a little light with the blitz last week to keep it off film. Four or five sacks should do the trick. Get him all shook up. He’s too good when he’s not.

  12. BigMacAttack Says:

    i think the Bucs defense is going be all over the Cards. We have a good d line, good lbs and good cbs. Safeties are ok and we need to draft a really good one next time. The rest is solid and Mike Smith is a good coach. I believe the Cards or going to have their hands full. This is game to hope for field goal stops instead of giving up TDs. I like our chances Sunday.
    35-23 Bucs

  13. DB55 Says:

    What ray rice said….and then punch em in the mouth. Figuratively. Maybe we can make that a weekly tradition cuz it definitely worked last week.

  14. Ray Rice Says:


    I agree 100%. Do it again JOE!

  15. Doctor Stroud Says:

    I saw a lot of double-teams against GMC in Atlanta, so I expect Arizona to do the same. The other D-linemen will need to step up. Go Bucs!

  16. BuccoDav Says:

    Obviously, Ayers has no idea what he is talking about… a veteran defensive lineman can’t know more than certain posters (posers) on JBF.

  17. orlbucfan Says:

    Smith needs to put Banks into action, and rotate as many D guys as possible so they don’t get winded. This game is another marker for DK’s maturing offense. If Tampa Bay wins this one, the offense will do it. ‘Bout time, too. In the history of this team, we have NEVER had a 24K offense. I would love to see it come down to Cardiac Kids (Bucs): Aguayo hits a 60-yarder to win it with no time left. The reason that happens is cos the offense puts in the team in position to win, NOT the defense. I’m not holding my breath. I just want the Bucs to play their best…..and let the best team win Sunday. 🙂 This is a young team with a first-year HC. Go Tampa Bay!!

  18. firethecannons Says:

    Palmer can and should be broken–LOL! Yes–often, on the ground over and over, Hit him hard and hit him often.

    It is these type of responses that keep me reading–I love it-yes, grass wedged in the helmet–often! you guys are great!! I can’t say how much I want to see palmer get “all shook up” — that is necessary for the Bucs image–Koetter said it himself–no one fears the Bucs, this must change. I live in N Phoenix and the radio folks here totally discount the Bucs, they think that we should be one of the easy wins, they are counting on the win and hopin for no injuries.
    I hope Palmer eats turf–I would love to see that more than anything during that game.