Bucs Sign Experienced Defensive Tackle; Ominous Sign For Gerald McCoy

October 3rd, 2016

gmc 0728Oh, boy. Joe’s late lunch is coming back up.

Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy significantly injured his left calf yesterday, and then was spotted wearing the dreaded boot after the game.

Now comes word that the Bucs have signed a new defensive tackle, veteran John Hughes, III.

Do that math. That’s not a pretty equation.

Hughes was a third-round pick of the Browns in 2012. He largely was a backup there for four-plus seasons. Cleveland cut him this month, the Patriots picked him up last week, and now he’s a Buccaneer.

He was with the Browns when Bucs offensive line coach George Warhop had the same job in Cleveland.

Yesterday, Joe hoped McCoy would only miss next Monday’s game before the Week 6 bye. Right now, that scenario feels like a happy dream.

60 Responses to “Bucs Sign Experienced Defensive Tackle; Ominous Sign For Gerald McCoy”

  1. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    If he is McCoy’s replacement, we are in huge trouble. More likely, he’s depth.

  2. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “Never a stud, Hughes hasn’t been the same since his 2014 knee injury.” – Rotoworld

  3. IK Says:

    I thought our D line may have actually played better after McCoy left the game. Does anyone agree?

  4. I know why Says:

    George Warhop has had way too many offensive line jobs in the NFL. Starting to know why….

  5. DB55 Says:

    Luckily it’s an injury you can play through unless your a RB or skill player. Some of you might remember Aaron Rodgers injuring his calf here in TB back in late 2014. He didn’t miss a game, played through the pain. This article explains the injury well.


  6. Bob in Valrico Says:

    yes the d-line stepped up after McCoy got hurt,but they were playing pretty well early in the game also.

  7. iamkingsu Says:

    Welp it’s time to get him healthy and trade him. All he has been is the anchor of some horrible defenses. Don’t give me run defense when all you have to do is put any and I mean anybody at qb and shred this defense.

    Wake up he’s been the constant under Raheem, schiano, Lovie and now this atrocity. They don’t even deserved to be mentioned with the last 3 great buc Coaches.

  8. Doctor Stroud Says:

    @IK: You make a good point. Clinton McDonald seemed to play with a spark, perhaps because he wanted to play McCoy’s position all along. Remember, however, that Denver was still able to move the ball fairly well with a rookie backup. A veteran backup is one thing, but a rookie backup is the Bucs’ defense Achilles heel.

    On a side note, Paxton Lynch grew up in Florida, and I was shocked to see that he had the pinkest arms I have ever seen apart from that group of tourists from Wisconsin that I saw at Clearwater Beach in February. That sun really got to him! At least he didn’t leave Florida unscathed…

  9. iamkingsu Says:


    Moderation for what?

  10. Pelbuc Says:

    I will never understand all the love for McCoy, a player always injured often and early and whose NEVER made a game changing or saving play in his entire time as a Buc. Trade the stiff and try to get an early round pick so Liich can pick another insecure kicker. If he’s gone for the year I guess the Bucs record will be 4-12 instead of 5-11!

  11. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Put him the casket Joe, just what Tmaxcon & the a realist want to hear! But hear this 12 more games to play with 8 more games to win to show improvement over the last REGIME! Ha ha ha ha ha, maybe we can hire LOVIE back! I’ll start and sign that petition: BIGHOGHAYNES, Ha ha ha ha ha!

  12. Conte Piscateli Says:

    I was hoping we would have singed a big 3-4 NT. Since we are out of pass rushers I was hoping we would experiment with a 3-4 and blitz LBs.

  13. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “I will never understand all the love for McCoy, a player always injured often and early and whose NEVER made a game changing or saving play in his entire time as a Buc.”


  14. unbelievable Says:

    Obviously Pelbuc didnt watch us win week 1.

  15. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Idiots. You can spot them by the names they use.

  16. DB55 Says:

    Kinda like spelling bonsai wrong? You should look up bonzai on urban dictionary, lol.

  17. Mike Johnson Says:

    Bucs need a lot more signings. But its way to late.I said before the season started Berner, banks, McDougle, and conte needed to be gone. good luck with trying to get Jameis to minimize his turnovers. Tough breal for McCoy. You guys won’t be satisfied until he’s gone. And then, that’s when he really shines..when he leaves the Bucs. About 80% of our players on other teams do very good.

  18. Ndog Says:

    No bighog moron in your boys 1st year he won 2 games so that is the bar not 9 but no worries we are going to suck this year just like you wanted. If you hate the team so much why do you even come to this site, you must really have no life to be going to a teams fan site that you don’t even like.

  19. softastissueMcCoy93 Says:

    Hell naw the d-line did not play well after McCoy left. Those running lanes were wide open. My problem why the f we didn’t blitz the rookie more. Our Defense sucks at all 3 levels. This team is ridiculous, no speed no dept, and holes everywhere.

  20. Ndog Says:

    Our annual right of passage hearing in training camp how great McCoy looks only to have him get hurt. Ah not a matter of if but when. Same sh*t different year.

  21. passthebuc Says:

    I DON’T WANT TO NOW ABOUT THE DEFENSE, I DON’T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE OFFENSE. Special teams don’t interest me nor does the kicking game. I just want to know who is running the asylum

  22. Defense Rules Says:

    I obviously keep missing things on JBF. We don’t even know the extent of GMC’s injury, yet we’re fortunate because “Luckily it’s an injury you can play through unless your a RB or skill player.” Really? Losing your starting DT to injury qualifies as lucky? And apparently since we’re out of pass rushers we should “experiment with a 3-4 and blitz LBs.” For real? Switch our entire defensive philosophy in mid-season? Still trying to figure out how George Warhop got into the conversation about a defensive tackle. Oh wait, the Cleveland connection; I get it. Of course what really confuses me is how anyone can label a Browns’ BACKUP DT as ‘experienced’. Yup, that’s exactly who we need to replace our Pro Bowl DT with.

  23. I know why Says:

    Just reading this and to think Bucs PR, front office and owners read this site and think this is the voice of any reason. If you are reading this and have power over decisions on this football team please put the laptop down and back away from the computer. Wow people, try to spell, try to think, try to make some sense

  24. BuccoDav Says:

    IK Says:
    October 3rd, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I thought our D line may have actually played better after McCoy left the game. Does anyone agree?

    Wouldn’t it be great if we could get that effort from these guys when McCoy is in the lineup? They rely on him far too much.

  25. Dooshlarue Says:

    GMC hurt?
    That’s crazy talk right there.
    Just ask all of his supporters who vote him into the pro bowl every year.

    So what if he can’t actually play because of an injury. …….he’s great!
    You morons just don’t get it do you?

  26. DB55 Says:

    Def rules

    Did you read the article I linked to the comment?

  27. Buc1987 Says:

    Ndog…Lovie with all his vast knowledge and experience as a head coach on won 2 games in his first season.

    Koetter with his very little experience as a head coach is halfway to matching Lovie’s first season.

    Yet none that matters of course cause ya know Lovie has this team on the right track.

    As soon as one realizes the real reason why we still have Lovie supporters on here, then I hope we all can just skip right over their real agenda.

    Ask yourself. Why do they still care about Lovie so much? I supported Schiano until he left the building. Then it was over for me like 99% of the rest of the fanbase. He was gone and it was over.

    For some reason, some reason we still have clowns on here that wish Lovie would come back. I can’t put my finger on why they want him back though, so all I can do is speculate until they state one credible reason to do it.

  28. Buc1987 Says:

    Oh yeah and McCoy is hurt again?

    No way!

  29. JMN Says:

    The Commish is right, this team needs to get blown up for draft picks. Trade cupcake Geraldine for a second round pick. Time to start stock piling draft picks.

  30. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Doctor Stroud!
    LMAO @

    On a side note, Paxton Lynch grew up in Florida, and I was shocked to see that he had the pinkest arms I have ever seen apart from that group of tourists from Wisconsin that I saw at Clearwater Beach in February. That sun really got to him! At least he didn’t leave Florida unscathed…


    Good lord, that is so funny..

  31. DB55 Says:

    When is the last time gmc had 6 solo tackles? Much less 6 tackles and a sack?

  32. dusthty rhothdes Says:

    Commish is right blow the team up and change or get rid of the stink that is going on in the locker and GMC can get traded and if it means LVD let him walk roo the commish stated only about 7 need to be the building blocks of the future, dont trust licht to be architect though

  33. Defense Rules Says:

    DB55 … Yes I did. But as I said, you don’t know the extent of GMC’s injury. Might be similar to Rodgers, might not. Pure speculation … You don’t have any way of knowing whether or not it’s something he could ‘play through’.

  34. LakelandBuc Says:

    2014 draft should have been..1st round, Aaron Donald..2nd round, Allen Robinson. I said it then and I’m still saying it.

  35. dusthty rhothdes Says:

    Lakeland buc spot on… build inside out or if ur licht from small cornerback to inside

  36. gotbbucs Says:

    I said it before the season and I’ll say it again….this team won’t be a consistent winner until McCoy is gone. They do everything in their power to try and build the defense around him every year and it blows up in their face every year.
    I thought maybe the first game of the year would be a precursor of good things to come but it was just another d!ck tease by GMC.

    I was thinking it yesterday too, it might be time to dump some veterans for whatever we can get in trade, but I guarantee they wont, it would signal giving up on the season and it’s still too early for that.

  37. celly Says:


    so, a player that has to explode off the LOS and push around 300lb men doesn’t need his calf muscle? interesting.

  38. celly Says:


    I thought the d-line looked good when both McCoy and Ayers were in the lineup. unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to see that for more than one game this season.

  39. Buc believer Says:

    GMC hurt? WOW didn’t see that one coming!!!!!

  40. BigMacAttack Says:

    He’s headed for surgery and IR just like his bicep problems. GMC also looked fat and out of shape. How can play a game like football and carry that fat belly around. It isn’t helping. This team suffers from The Curse of Chucky. He sold his soul to the devil to win the Super Bowl and the team has paid the price ever since with injuries. This team has a serious conditioning problem. These players can’t make it through a hand full of games without falling apart. Hammies, calves, ankles, etc. This team is made of glass.

  41. Pelbuc Says:

    McCoy will always be irrelevant. Got paid lots of $$ for underperforming and missing lots of games. SMH all you want Hawaiian, he’s never made a difference or got his fellow players to play hard. Never was hungry.

  42. 911bucs Says:

    Calf muscle tears are no joke, it would be near impossible to play at a high level even with a small tear for probably 6 weeks.

  43. Ndog Says:

    I have never said to get rid of McCoy but seriously this team can’t rely on him anymore. He is perpetually hurt and you can’t build one side of the ball around a guy that misses major time or plays hurt and poorly each year. Not sure what you do with his huge (wasted) salary as he has time and time again proved he cannot be relied upon.

  44. Ndog Says:

    To be clear I meant played poorly when hurt.

  45. mike10 Says:

    I would be ok with us trading McCoy. We get more swag on the defensive line from free agency…. he easily replacible, especially from the hot tub

  46. mike Says:

    Joe, you’re a real idiot

  47. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Watch MNF to see what a real defense looks like! I’m amazed that Harrison Smith and Chris Conte are in the same league.

  48. DB55 Says:

    According to the doctors in the article there’s basically 3 tiers. All of which according to the dr you can play through it’s just a matter of pain management. The muscle will allow full range of motion.

    In other words pop a pain killer and you should be good. But what do I know, this crazy thing called Google gives me all kinds of wrong answers.

  49. DB55 Says:

    Personally I think he should take a month off and relax. We need him if we’re going to make a playoff run.

  50. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo sure hopes that Hohn Hughes will help Pablo’s Bucs. Hay Hayes is now without Hack Smith….Pablo thinks that Roberto Ayers will be moved to shore up DE and Hohn was added as Tackle depth. Pablo hopes that Howard Hones will step up his game.”

  51. cmurda Says:


    Actually the article said that a grade 1 strain should only take about a day to heal. A Grade 2 strain can be played on but will delay any healing until a few weeks to a month off of it and a Grade 3 strain is likely season ending. It would be both foolish and pointless for the Bucs to push McCoy at this point. We are one loss against carolina this Monday night away from the playoffs being a pipe dream. Heck, even if we beat Carolina the playoffs will be a pipe dream. Despite all the nonsensical drivel on this site, McCoy is one of the best players on this team. The Ayers injury crushed us and losing McCoy decimates us. At least half of the starters on this team would be lucky to make the final 53 on several teams in this league. our depth is shaky and has been for several years and our starters aren’t much better. it is what it is but I’m not going to take anybody seriously when they try to convince me that the injury to McCoy is no big deal. Come on.

  52. Ray Rice Says:

    If Aunt Geraldine was a player who touched the ball on every snap I would be worried. But he doesn’t. Let alone touch the person that does.

  53. PRBucFan Says:

    McCoy injured?

    Like we haven’t dealt with that scenario repeatedly since he entered the league

  54. Mort Says:

    My god you people are the most negative bunch I’ve ever seen. We got beaten by the super bowl champions. Move on. The sky isn’t falling.

  55. David Says:

    “IK Says:
    October 3rd, 2016 at 5:49 pm
    I thought our D line may have actually played better after McCoy left the game. Does anyone agree?”

    I wouldn’t say that they played better….but I think that sometimes McCoy blows in backfield and gets out of his gap which allows running plays to gash us or pass rushing lanes to be open. Has anyone else noticed that when teams pass on us alot of times there is a wide open hole in the middle of the field where a d-lineman should be? Guys are not in their rush lanes.

  56. Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    “…Kinda like spelling bonsai wrong? You should look up bonzai on urban dictionary…”

    urban dic says he took too much?! LMFAO

  57. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    DB55 Says
    “Kinda like spelling bonsai wrong?”

    The misspelling is intentional, guy. Inspired by a Superhero character who was a parody of a science fiction character.

    Ironically, you were not one of the ones I was calling an idiot. I’m still not going to.

  58. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    As much as I love VH3 being a Gator fan, I still wouldn’t of been mad had we drafted Sheldon Rankins. He was my choice along with Vernon. I love McCoy and hes a huge part of this defense but he can’t be relyed on.

  59. BugHogHaynes Says:

    @Buc1987: let me take your mind out of the realm of speculation, what matter does it make that Coach K gets to another win or not? Let me answer that question, I see no progression in this offense, the same offense that we had last year, I see no progression in the defence, even though we drafted the best “pass rusher” in the draft, I see no progression at wide receiver even though we had an opportunity to draft a receiver but chose to draft a kicker, who I might add has already lost a game for us and will likely 2 or 3 more as this pressure packed season continues! I see no progression even though we now have the ALL WORLD/COACHING STAFF! If you or anyone else can show me one once of improvement feel free to voice your opinion!!

  60. The Buc Realist Says:

    The clean up of Chicago is still on going from coach my scheme!!! So lucky that the owners notice what direction the franchise was headed down and removed the incompetent one!!!!! with only 2 years of damage the new regime have a lot of fix but would have been worst to waste another year!!!!

    Another year in the system and another good draft will have this team up a notch!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!