McCoy: “I Think This Year Has Been Special”

December 29th, 2016

McCoyYesterday, Jameis Winston talked about how this season has not been a success.

Yesterday, Gerald McCoy talked about how this season has been “special.”

It was an interesting contrast between the two big faces of the franchises.

“It’s great. I think this year has been special,” McCoy said in a conference call with Carolina Panthers media, when asked about a Bucs season that meant a playoff run until Week 17.

“We headed on the right path,” McCoy added. “It would be great to finish on the up and up” with a win Sunday.

Jameis had a little different mentality on the season.

“I don’t view it as a success, just for me. For the organization, for fans, a lot of people are happy. But the mentality of this team, our ultimate goal is win playoff games, win Super Bowls,” Jameis said. “It’s exciting, it’s exciting that we have a chance to have a winning season, but that’s not something that we’re aiming for at the beginning of the season. We’re aiming for the highest and I think as long as we keep expecting the highest and raising our bar, that’s the better [team] we’re going to become.”

No surprise from Jameis. He has been “trying to get away from that standard” of being ok with a pretty good season. It’s much like the thought of celebrating mediocrity makes Dirk Koetter “want to throw up.”

Joe’s not implying that McCoy is throwing a party for the Bucs great run this year, merely highlighting the contrast in expression.

McCoy added to the Carolina media that “you never see quit” in Jameis and he’ll bring that attitude to the final snap on Sunday.

112 Responses to “McCoy: “I Think This Year Has Been Special””

  1. JonBuc Says:

    Aim low, Gerald…aim low.

  2. Birdman Says:

    Mmmkay Bucs fans, pick your leader.

    “Our ultimate goal is to win playoff games, win super bowls.”


    “This (9-7, no playoffs) season has been special.”

  3. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I defend McCoy a lot for his production but I definitely understand why fans hate him lol.

    If we could get a deal of draft picks for him I’d do it. At least a 1st & 2nd. Then draft 2 young DTs to replace him with those picks. Angry DTs.

    Towards the end of the season his play wasn’t great when it mattered.There was a play against New Orleands where Drew Brees drew us off-sides; and he just stood there and watched him attempt a free pass instead of playing to the whistle. That really p1sssed me off. He was completely non existent against Dallas which was like our biggest game in 5 years

  4. tmaxcon Says:

    One is a winner was is an overrated loser. Bucs will never win consistently with soft ass leaders on defense. 93 needs to raise his standards or go away…

  5. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    I’m still not sure why everybody feels the need to take shots at GMC. He’s not #3! He can’t throw the football as well, he can’t run it as well, and no he does not have #3’s leadership skills.

    So what! Sapp certainly didn’t have the leadership skills of DB55..or Ronde..or WD..or several other on that team.

    GMC is what he is…a positive joyful person who believes in carpe diem. He clearly does not take much of life as seriously as #3. That’s OK! It takes all kinds to make a team.

  6. DB55 Says:

    Trade this clown for Geno Atkins. We will never win with him on this team. He don’t want it, it’s evident on every goalline snap.

    Jameis playing for Superbowls while GMC playing for pro-bowls.

  7. Ray Rice Says:


    And you still defend this MF?…Special?… Someone needs to pimp slap his A*S! To him it’s ok because everyone still gets ice cream. What a MF joke this guy is. SMH

  8. Ray Rice Says:

    Aunt Geraldine playing for Toilet Bowls.^^^^^^^^^^

  9. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    Tmax I’m starting to believe that also. And my fear is the young ones are watching how the organization is coddling this dude. DB I pray Hayes is making subtle comments that would make them consider that bro.

  10. Tnew Says:

    This is just who GMC is, just as this is just who Jameis is. No big deal. GMC likes to ride on this bus. Jameis likes to drive. GMC…. just keep disrupting the middle, thats fine. It will be up to Licht to pay him either like a disrupter or a producer in a 2018 when his dead cap number drops to 500k

  11. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Successful franchises would piss on a 9-7 season. Mike Tomlin hasn’t had a losing season in Pittsburgh during his 10 seasons as Head Coach. Terry Bradshaw said that he is a “bad” head coach. Now GMC says that a season with a 8-7 record ” has been special”. That’s understandable coming from a player who have been in the league for 7 seasons, and have NEVER been to the playoffs.

  12. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    Geno Atkins.. Maannn.

  13. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Joe – Well played, gentlemen. If nothing else, you know your fan base

  14. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    Just watch a replay of our games. This dude’s back end up facing the line of scrimmage so often. I wonder to myself how can coaches watch film and then honestly face the media and sing this dude’s praises. Like they all under so sort of spell. Ishh weird yo.

  15. BucDaddy82 Says:

    Tired of GMC.

  16. tmaxcon Says:

    93 best move is face down butt up waiting on a pounding. He especially likes to host poundings which is supported by the bucs atrocious home record over his tenure. But after the pounding you will get a big smile and a scoop of ice cream.


    I’m all in with you on cook

  17. 813bucboi Says:

    gotta cut bait with the losers….GMC LVD your up next…..i say trade both….GO BUCS!!!!

  18. Shadow man Says:

    Annnnd what exactly has geno Atkins done to make us believe he is an upgrade. All them playoff wins and super bowl appearances. All them 4th qtr blocked punts that he blocked and then tackled his own teammate that recovered just to force another fumble on his stat sheet and get the recovery for a td

    Wait didn’t suh do that for all his playoff teams as well?
    Aaron Donald is leading his team and defense. And he even has Robert Quinn among other studs on the line.

    Man those guys are doing soooo much more for their teams esp in clutch moments

    Oh wait

  19. DB55 Says:

    Lord C

    where Drew Brees drew us off-sides;
    That fact that your def captain is ALWAYS jumping offsides is pitiful enough. Remember last yr he had like 5-6 offside penalties?

    Even worse was that penalty came on 3&1 near the buc 40y line. Stop them there it’s a punt, instead fk face hands them a first down and ultimately a FG.

    I’m surprised Ayers hasn’t yoked his ass up by the face mask and spit in his face.

    And amen to you Lord C for seeing what I’ve been saying.

  20. Patrick in VA Says:

    GMC is fine. He’s not a superstar, but he’s not our problem. Until we get our safeties shored up, a replacement for Grimes before he gets too old, and another edge rusher, GMC should not be the focus. I’m not defending him. I see the same things you all do. But replacing him isn’t the most pressing need this year. If you think so, you’re grinding an ax that has nothing to do with actual team needs.

  21. DB55 Says:


    Can’t even take you seriously. Get a clue kid then come talk to us.

  22. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    Gerald McCoy has never seen this team have a .500 or better season. He’s probably been frustrated about that.

    You idiots just don’t get it do you??? He see’s that they are finally heading in the right direction, and it makes him happy.

    Jameis hasn’t been here as long as McCoy, so of course he doesn’t feel the same way.

    Grow up, trolls.

  23. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    He’s just not a leader. Maybe he could lead a positivity seminar, but not a team that is in dire need of mental toughness.

  24. ElioT Says:

    What a pu**y.

  25. Shadow man Says:

    Thank you Patrick

    We rip gmc for his attitude and praise Ayers for his attitude

    What has ayers done with that attitude. Give us a very very average year. Being a douche or helping a guy up off the field have nothing to do with winning games.

    Let’s fill other needs before we get rid of our all pro dt.

    Dont get me wrong, gmc shouldn’t be leading our pre game speeches. No question. But gmc is no where near the top of our problems

  26. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    You people really disgust me at times.

  27. Shadow man Says:


    Bc all of your posts as so informative and accurate, son


  28. Shadow man Says:

    Your boy geno Atkins playing in all them Super Bowls. Maybe you don’t watch the same games. You want Atkins so bad yet he has done absolutely zero.

    Cmon, son. You have no credibility

  29. DB55 Says:

    Even worse was that penalty came on 3&1 near the buc 40y line. Stop them there it’s a punt, instead fk face hands them a first down and ultimately a FG.
    This looks pretty accurate and informative. If you don’t know Atkins is a definite upgrade then you should turn your card in bruh.

  30. Dubcity Says:

    Please get rif of McCoy for draft picks. What a loser. What a loser mentality.

  31. JonBuc Says:

    Buccaneer Browneye is back…and there’s gonna be trouble…hey now, hey now. Fans are tired of mediocrity and special .500 season attitudes. You got your wish..missing the playoffs ( barring a miracle ). Dismissing passuonate, fed up fans as trolls is too easy.

  32. Shadow man Says:

    Please show me facts as to how atkins is an upgrade? Other than your childish opinion..

    You say playoff wins and Super Bowls yet Atkins has zero.

    All I’m saying is that gmc is not our biggest problem. We have a lot more weak links on our team that we should be concerned about

  33. Kobe Faker Says:

    just wait until 1 of the young cats (QBs) wins the superbowl

    if dak wins the superbowl, jameis going to be jealous (in a good way)

    every year from now, as he gets older, jameis “communication” directly to the glazer brothers will be closer and closer

    jameis WILL NOT accept if we dont go to the playoffs in the next 2 years

    32 games till free agency


  34. DB55 Says:

    We have a lot more weak links on our team that we should be concerned about
    Yea, like Chris Conte. They both the biggest posies in the NFL. And they’re weakness cost us games.

    I’ll break down Atkins later. Got work to do right now.

  35. Shadow man Says:

    Oh don’t get started in conte. We can all go for days on why that clown should have been off our team two seasons ago. Same page on that one

    What kind of work db

  36. Miko Says:

    football is not important to this guy…with the cap money, if there is a top DT out there, sign him and trade this phony fashionista…we need FOOTBALL players!

  37. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “Gerald McCoy has never seen this team have a .500 or better season. He’s probably been frustrated about that.”

    We went 10-6 in 2010 and he said he regretted that year because he couldn’t just enjoy being a rookie. His advice to Jameis was to just enjoy being a rookie. These are his own words. Nothing about a desire for being better – about winning – about the importance of competing – etc.

    He said in 2010 it was like too much pressure to be the guy or whatever; but we had a good QB that year so I duno wtf he’s talking about other than the pressure of being a high draft pick. And that shouldn’t bother a menatlly strong player.

    Look I’ve defended GM93 a lot. I still think he’s a great player; and disagree with anyone who thinks he’s just an average at best DT. But his attitude and mentality are hard to defend or listen to.

  38. DB55 Says:

    I’m a pimp dawg, goth to get these bitches on the skreets to get my money. I even got room for GMC.

  39. DB55 Says:

    Lord C

    I always said he super talented he just don’t care about winning. but he ain’t stupid, gotta give him credit there. He figured out the formula of not playing hard ALL the time yet still getting paid. Can’t hate on that. Plus buying his teammates expensive gifts always earns you kudos in the locker room.

  40. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    Yeah I see no reason to bash GMC for this. This was special. Beating some very good teams with stellar defense was thrilling. Sure its a let down that we couldnt go as far as we wanted. But it was the first real taste I have had of a good team in who knows how long.

    No 6-6 with Lovie did not count as noone would have ever expected us to beat a good team. Not with Lovie’s garbage defense.

  41. DB55 Says:

    I think we got too hyped on the def after the Seattle game. Everyone failed to recognize Seattle had 3 rookies making their first NFL start in that game.

  42. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Wow, the way I understand what he said is this. He see’s that the team is finally heading in the right direction, and it makes him happy.
    I think if through free agency or the draft we give him one more legitimate pass rusher, we will see great things from GMC.

  43. Fire the glazers Says:

    People really like GMC… hell, I like him too… as a person. As a player, his mentality is weak. His play is strong, yet we cannot deny the weak and beaten down rhetoric he has been spouting since he got here.

  44. Tony in Los Angeles Says:

    Man, this is way more about overall outlook on life than anything to do with how good the Bucs can be with McCoy. There are miserable people in this world. There are happy people. Perspective is usually the only thing that separates them. First off: what other team in the entire league looks to its defensive tackle as the pulse of the team? Name one other team that does so. New England? Green Bay? Dallas? Pittsburgh? Oakland? Kansas City? Seriously, no other good team in the league has the media anointing the DT as the pulse and spokesperson of the team. So, this by nature, is purely ridiculous. Second, the Bucs are 8-7 and can do nothing any more about winning 10 games and making the playoffs. So – should McCoy be in his room with the shades drawn and depressed and angry and belligerent to his loved ones? Or can he look and find the positive growth the team is definitely showing and go to work all offseason with hope, faith, and optimism that next season will be even better?

    Not one single expert on success, mindset, and approach has EVER said that being angry and pissed off is the way to go. None. So just stop people. I get more angry at GMC’s production than I do his mindset. He’s a nice, happy dude and probably leads a a very nice, happy life. He’s a human being. He has a different outlook than most commenters on this site. He’s also gotten a hell of a lot farther in life than most commenters have as well.

  45. Lamarcus Says:

    But he thinks it’s special not winning a superbowl. Mccoy is probably the one Jameis and Kwon are talking about. I knew it

  46. LakeLandBuc Says:

    But the Bucs must see a lot in GMC, we haven’t drafted a decent 3-Tech since he been here. He have played for 4 head coaches and numerous D-Line coaches and DC’s. I’m on the outside looking in, he has to be a special player to survive so much turmoil. While players like Michael Bennett, Aqib Talib, Legarrette Blount, Darrelle Revis, Donald Penn, Mark Barron, Dashon Goldson , I can go on and on. But the bottom line is that the Bucs gave GMC a huge extension while they cut or waived other players. GMC will retire a Buc, they will never get rid of him.

  47. LakeLandBuc Says:

    I meant cut, waived or traded other players

  48. DB55 Says:


    I think Miami does and I think they’re in the POs.

  49. Wes Says:

    People are looking at his words the wrong way. I don’t think he is satisfied with the turn out of the season. Regardless. Good things happened for this team that will carve the future. Jameis and company brought a culture change, a drive to fight to the end, and probably made the game of football more fun for everyone on the team. That is special. And that is probably what he is referring to. He’s excited for the future, not thinking about the present

  50. Rrsrq Says:

    GMC probably has one of the most physical positions in the game. Led the team in sacks, allows Kwan to make a lot of the plays he makes because that what DT’s do, Geno does the same for Cincy since that is who everyone is pointing to. Once again a fan base that would rather run a a pro bowler for a chance at “not sure what we might get” instead. According to the fan base, let’s run pro bowlers, Doug Martin, Lavonte David, GMC, some even wanted to run Mike Evans last year and Jameis Winston this year. Bucs not only have to be physically tough but keep out the noise of a fan base that thinks it’s easy to put a fantasy team together like they are trading for players on Xbox 3. Then of course the other players they wanted to run out like Legerrete Blount no Aqib Talib. Reminds me of the fan base that ran Shaq out of Orlando because he couldn’t shoot free throws

  51. NJBucsFan Says:

    @ Wes

    I agree with you…additionally, it sounds as if these responses are from two different questions or are trying to make two different points. This article seems written purely to insight GMC Hate. No need to try to tie Winston’s statements to McCoy’s statement.

  52. Chris Says:

    I think comments like McCoy’s are indicative of the mindset going into the final three games we needed to make the playoffs. The defense got happy with all the accolades after shutting down teams on the streak. They were happy with where they were at. No foot to the pedal to finish it and get to the playoffs. Happy with being 8-8 or 9-7, look at the lack of hustle and lack of presence from the line. For a couple of games, Mccoy was what some of us wanted him to be and what some of you thought he already was. The last two games, nothing, Saints and Cowboys picked us apart in the air and ran right through the gut

  53. DB55 Says:


    You’re right. Not much of a diff between the 2. I thought Atkins had like 50+ tackles (must be thinking of Suh).

    Atkins played in 1 more game than Rainbow Dash and has 1.5 more sacks but the rest is a wash.

  54. LakeLandBuc Says:

    The fans can NEVER run GMC out of Tampa, he’s here to stay. No player on the Bucs defense produces more than GMC. They got rid of Warren Sapp because other players were producing. The last player who got more sacks than GMC was Michael Bennett in 2012 ( and he’s a DE ).GMC has 33 sacks during the past 4 seasons. GMC is not the problem on the defense, the rest of the defense is the problem.

  55. SteveK Says:

    Shadow man,

    Here are your facts, buddy:

    1. Adkins and Suh played well enough to give their respectively teams playoff berths.

    2. GMC has never led us/played well enough, except under Schiano, to lead us to a playoff berth.

    Part of our lack of playoffs rests on the shoulders of our $100million dollar teddy bear.

  56. duthsty rhothdes Says:

    aww shucks its just cool being .500… trade him… was not a fan of drafting vh3 but fox guys last week said he is in at 5 am studying film and learning everybodys job on each defensive alignment, that dude wants it, i dont care if he is a sout talker the bucs need more VH3s, kwons, jameis, evans, hawleys and brates and less LVD and GMCs

  57. SteveK Says:

    Soft asss mentality is sh!tty AF.

  58. pick6 Says:

    i’m very pleased to see him dropping down the chain of command as players like Jameis, Kwon, and Ayers put a different stamp on the team, but i’m in no way convinced that the bucs are better off without GMC until his play declines significantly (seems unlikely over the next 2 years) or the salary cap becomes a problem (also seems unlikely over the next 2 years). I could see him (or Lavonte) losing the C next year to a guy like Kwon or Ayers, but I think the less of that stuff he has to do the better

    unsure how people who see him as a terrible player\cancer\born loser reconcile that with an assumption that such a player on a $14 million salary will generate compelling trade offers from other teams.

  59. DB55 Says:

    You guys realize LVD had two game winning plays recently right? I still don’t see where the LVD critism comes from. That’s my boi!!!!

  60. Patrick in VA Says:

    @DB55 – I enjoy your posts, but if you can’t see where the LVD criticism is coming from but you go in as hard as you do on GMC then it makes it really hard to take you seriously

  61. Ndog Says:

    First of all Kobe your wrong as usual Jameis has 48 games till he is a free agent cause as a 1st round pick he has a 5th year option that we will pick up. Now on McCoy this is no surprise as just watch the guy play and you can see the lack of effort, desire and will it takes to be great
    The sad thing is if he wanted it bad enough I believe he could have been great but it just doesn’t appear to mean enough to him. Plays hurt and wants to care but it is either in you or is not and it is just not in there.

  62. DB55 Says:


    Lol, at least I admit I’m a fanboy of LVD (Who’s your fav player? Mr. 54). Plus if GMC had two game winning FF in the 4th qrt I’d probably die of shock. Not to mention LVD’s tfl’s and his Int. Come on bro it’s not like he’s a ghost out there he’s just not at the level Schiano had him at.

    Pat, you da man so, I ask you this. Would bringing back Schiano as DC if Mike leaves the dumbest idea you’ve ever heard?

  63. Chris Says:

    N dog, you saw a little of that potential in a couple of games during the streak, then, the real Mccoy showed back up.

  64. Ndog Says:

    The bottom line is we need better effort on this defense. On offense we lack talent on defense we lack talent and effort and that comes from McCoy and LVD who both have their moments of question able effort. Moreover what is with the drug/drinking issues on this team? Freeman, ASJ, Jude, Kwon, Mike Williams and now Martin. This organization needs to figure this crap out cause this needs to stop NOW!

  65. Chris Says:

    DB, unfortunately your boy has taken on some of McCoy’s lack of heart. The comments, the flag deflated us line, the lack of hustle, the zero tackle line stats

  66. Chris Says:

    Dunno DB, LVD was all world with Schiano, since then, meh

  67. duthsty rhothdes Says:

    DB55 schiano coming back in my mind would be great but it will NEVER happen, he will stay at OSU, until he gets a HC in college, i always thought schisno deserved another year here but whatevs, but schiano had GMC and LVD and defense playing w a passion and intensity and he knew how to use a broken revis

  68. Bucsfanman Says:

    @LakeLand- THAT makes too much sense!!!! Actually, all your posts so far do!!! We can’t have that here.
    @Tony in LA- That’s what I derived from his statement, not this vitriolic stupidity that seems to plague this fanbase. I’m not surprised how quickly this board has filled up with people wanting to tear him down.
    I’m OK with the statement coming from a guy who has been on losing TEAMS for so long. I feel the same way.

  69. DB55 Says:

    The 0 stat line was the killer. And ironically it seems like Schiano and Raheem were the best thing to happen to this org since monte kiffin.

  70. Patrick in VA Says:

    @DB55 – There’s no chance in the world that Schiano would ever come back to coach in Tampa after the billboard campaign ran him out of town and all of the mishaps that befell him during his time here. But, I’ll be your Huckleberry and play out your hypothetical:

    If Schiano came back then I think we would be fine. His defensive schemes were decent and he was operating with a talent deficit. He sold out to defend the run a lot, but now we have some decent corners that might be able to cover the receivers long enough for our front 7 to get the QB. That said, I think we can do better. I think that we’ve got a better option in house with Jay Hayes. While he’ll obviously want to put his spin on certain things, there will be some level of continuity and familiarity with the scheme and with the players. I think that’ll go a long way. Especially with the personalities that we have on the team. I think that knowing what motivates each player and how to appeal to each of them from the start of the season will go a long way toward a faster start.

  71. 813bucboi Says:

    @db55….LVD has been effected by the losing mentality of GMC….its uncommon for a player with a 100mil contract and a player making about 10mil per year have “0” impact in a game….both players put up goose eggs in a game this season….our defensive leaders…..GO BUCS!!!!

  72. BringBucsBack Says:

    McCoy seems to be mired down on point #3:

  73. DB55 Says:

    I like jay Hayes and would love him to have Atkins with him.

  74. 813bucboi Says:

    @DB55….you like fsu….I want derrick nnadi….kid is a beast in the trenches and cant be moved….GO BUCS!!!!

  75. DB55 Says:

    Imma fsu homer. Shiii last night I was wondering what it would take to get fisher as our OC. Then I woke up. Smdh

  76. 813bucboi Says:

    I think jimbo would be a good oc…GO BUCS!!!!

  77. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    Stop with the none since. Too many round here caught up on stats. I ask you simply watch a cincy and pay attention to Atkins on every play then watch us and pay attention to gmc every play. You will notice a difference. To hell wit sacks,Geno always produces tackles for loss.

  78. Buc believer Says:

    Any year all of his fat paychecks clear is a special year for this fraud. Please don’t put up all your phony stats…stats are for losers of which he is one. He has ZERO desire to play past December. Hell im surprised he’s not bitching and moaning he has to play on New Year’s Day…unless he comes up with another “injury”.

  79. Bucs Nick ! Says:

    @Joe, you put up fan polls about everything , and I for one believe that the Glazers and the Buc’s brass consider these polls .

    Please consider putting up a fan Poll and ask if we could get a number one and a three or a four for Gerald McCoy how many fans would keep him or want him gone .

    I think this is a real question, I also think you’d be very surprised by the results.

  80. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    LOL, so funny when I see headlines like this one. It is like pulling the string and winding up the toy! Joe knows exactly what will happen as all the idiots come out to bash their best defensive player. Soft, ice cream, Geraldine, blah blah blah. I would love to see some of you tough guys say all this to the man’s face.

  81. salish_seamonster Says:

    Too many people here taking Gerald’s comments to support their own agenda against him. This season has been special because we started to see them turn the corner. In 6 years, GMC hasn’t seen that. Plus, he likes where things are headed. Just saying it’s been special does not mean he’s satisfied with mediocrity. You people… Haters gonna hate.

  82. webster Says:

    @ st pete

    What in the he11 are you talking about? Sapp didnt have the leadership skills of DB or Ronde etc? Sapp was the lead dog/head honcho/alpha male. Sapp was the unquestioned leader on that team. Not sure what buc team you watched, but its statements like that that leads one to believe you are new to being a buc fan. No one ever questioned sapp’s desire or competiveness. He was the straw that stirred the drink. Again i ask, what the he11 are you talking about?

  83. Not there yet Says:

    That’s why nobody but the media likes you buddy. Mediocre is what this team has been since he got here so that’s all he knows, it’s not his fault it’s just reality of the loser mentality in the locker room. Hope you were listening to the press conference licht. We already know we can’t get to the playoffs with him so it doesn’t matter if we don’t do it without him, elite pass rushers on the outside would make him less valuable in the team and more valuable as a trade to the afc or some team used to losing

  84. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    Nick I’d take that one and a three in a New York city minute bro.

  85. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Did everyone gloss over the fact that Jameis said “It’s exciting to have the chance at a winning season.”

    McCoy has a long experience of being on a losing team. He knows what a real losing team feels like. And he is acknowledging the fact that this team is on it’s way to being special. And even though everyone is disappointed with not making the playoffs, it has been a special season. He didn’t say it was a successful season. Just stop pumping the hate for the guy acknowledging that this season was a huge step for the bucs becoming legitimate contenders.

  86. DB55 Says:


    I’d love to, can you make that happen?

  87. DB55 Says:

    Fun fact: The Texans won their div without Watt. So the idea that you can’t win who McCoy is naive. Not only would we win we might win it all. Addition by subtraction is all I’m saying.

  88. orlbucfan Says:

    If you continue to take needless shots at Joe, then you will be banned. Why the attitude? If you must know, Joe has been a serious Bucs fan since before the Dungy era. And Joe has loads of photos of McCoy taken by Joe or the A-list JoeBucsFan photographer.–Joe

    I never predict games, but this one I will. Bucs will win it. My sissy lives in Claremont NC. We both have been shaking our heads over the Panthers this season. 15-1 record and lose in the SB? Cripes, Bucs got in with 12-4 and won it. Their 2003 record (post SB) was better than the Panthers this year. What gives? Go Tampa Bay!!

  89. Ndog Says:

    Why are we arguing about this don’t we all watch the games and see looooooooooooong points during every game where you ask yourself is McCoy hurt or something cause I haven’t seen or heard from him in awhile? I mean we all have different agendas but man this guy is making to much money and being relied on to much to have such a little impact year after year. How can anyone argue against this? ??

  90. orlbucfan Says:

    Not taking pot shots at you. Pot shots are attacks without a basis. My comments contain neither. You have the pictures, then update the one on here. Go ahead and ban me. I am a lurker on a lot of blogs. I am also an educated fan for over 37 years. You guys need people like me to comment on here. So, your call. Go Mighty Bucs Sunday!!

  91. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    This… This is why I understand a lot of the hate Gerald gets. I think he is so physically blessed, and he is a great dude with a big heart. And history has shown time and time again that you can be a nice guy and still be a great player, Michael Strahan, Lee Roy Selmon, Reggie White, all really nice guys and men of the highest caliber.

    But his attitude when it comes to winning games, and his willingness to not only accept mediocrity, but embrace it and praise it? That is just flat out irksome. I truly do not feel that he desires to win. I don’t think he cares. He might like it well enough, but he doesn’t need it, he doesn’t crave it, he doesn’t require it to satiate his hunger to be great. Not like Jameis does, Not like Kwon does, Not like Cam does, Not like Hump does, Not Like Shep does.

    Gmc no matter how physically gifted, has not been blessed with the heart of a champion, with the mindset of champion. It shows, that’s what holds him back, and that’s what causes people to gripe.

  92. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    Most of your happiness comes from complaining! A man can’t be happy for a winning record and moving in the right direction? Why the he’ll not? I am and I expect to do better next year !

  93. orlbucfan Says:

    I watched Lee Roy Selmon play. I also met him at a Bucs fan event at Tampa Stadium over 30 years ago. He was a gentleman and a gentle man. You would have never known it when he was suited up and played ball. GMC reminds me of him. I felt that way when McCoy was drafted. Lee Roy wasn’t mouthy like Sapp. He didn’t have to be. He was always gracious to us fans. I don’t get the negative attitude towards GMC. It’s wrong and totally uncalled for!

  94. Lamarcus Says:

    It’s not negative attitude on mccoy. But a negative energy. His interviews are whack

  95. LakeLandBuc Says:

    I don’t get the GMC hate, teams double him all of the time. If you want to hate, hate on the guy who can’t win their 1 on 1 battle. It’s crazy that a DT leads the teams in sacks every season ( for the past 4 seasons). I mention this back in 2014, our DT’s ( GMC, Akeem Spence, D. Bowers, Clint McDonald) had more sacks than our DE’s ( Michael Johnson, Scott Solomon, Will Gholston,Larry English, Jack Smith, T.J Fatinikun ). I have been a Buc fan since Tom McEwen convinced the NFL to bring a team to Tampa ( since 1976). And I have never seen worst trash on our D-Line, than the trash that GMC had to tolerate. It’s ridiculous that we can’t get a Edge Rusher to give us double-digit sacks. Vic Beasley has 14.5 sacks for the Falcons, even Adrian Clayborn has 5 sacks and Grady Jarrett leads the DT’s with 2 sacks. And we have a DT who have given us 33 sacks in 4 seasons, and we can’t find a Edge Rusher who can give us 10 sacks. All of this hate should be directed at someone else, it definitely shouldn’t be directed at GMC.

  96. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Simeon Rice gave us 70 sacks in 6 seasons. And we can’t find a Edge Rusher to give us 8 sacks in a season. Something is wrong with this picture, it has to change.

  97. Lamarcus Says:


    It’s not his talent. Tho I wish he can just be the man and make that 1 play consistently. For me

  98. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Lamarcus..that’s the problem. All of us want GMC to make that big splash play because we know the trash around him will not make a play. In other words, we depend on him too much. In Warren Sapp playing days with the Bucs, Brad Culpepper, Simeon Rice, Boogie McFarland, Ronde Barber, John Lynch, Brian Kelley, Derrick Brooks, Dexter Jackson, Dwight Smith, Shelton Quarles, Jamie Duncan Greg Spires and more made splash plays. But now the fans have put all of the pressure on GMC to be the difference maker. It’s simple we need better talent around him.

  99. LakeLandBuc Says:

    And it’s not GMC job to motivate these bums, the Bucs need to quit drafting, signing these Loafers. They should research players before they draft or sign them. How can you motivate a grown ass man, you motivate a child.

  100. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    LakeLandBuc, I disagree completely dude. From my own personal perspective, I think Gerald Mccoy is a really good not great Defensive tackle. My main critique of him is that if he clearly demonstrates with his words and his actions that, at his core, he doesn’t care about winning over everything.

    And that is the source from which all negative feelings held about Mccoy by certain fans originates. They see him smiling and congratulating Kirk Cousins after choking away a 24-7 lead last year in the infamous capital collapse. They see him wax poetic about how great Matt Ryan and Drew Brees are, And how much he loves training with Drew in the off season. They read an article saying that, in yet another season, the Bucs were in playoff contention and choked away their chances( I do not pin these last 2 losses solely on Mccoy.)

    If Gerald Mccoy cared as much about winning as Jameis Winston, or Kwon Alexander, or Mike Evans all do; He could have used his god given gifts to uplift the level of his play, and that of his teammates through shear will power and effort. Look at a Player like J.J Watt. Go back and look at his highschool and college photographs. He was by no means a freak of nature back then. He worked tirelessly for the body he has now with blood, sweat, tears, dedication, and a desire to be great.

    I would wager say that Gerald Mccoy, If he was driven to be better by never being satisfied with anything else but being the best, by never being satisfied with “just ok.” The very trait that Jameis and Kwon exemplify in spades, He could have done a lot more than have losing season after losing season. He has even been recorded saying that the season he disliked most was his rookie year when the team went 10-6. Call me crazy, but that is a perfect example of a player that does care about winning.

  101. Trubucfan22 Says:

    GMC takes it upon himself to be a leader. When he should really just shut up and let his play do the talking.

    I like McCoy and have absolutely no beef with him as a player. I think he is one of the best DTs in the game. But he should really just stop trying to be the vocal leader. We need a war chant to start games, not “lets have fun” or “we the only game on today” type crap. TBH Jameis sucks at it too. The dancing is immature and doesnt do anything for motivating the team. I’d rather see Robert Ayers do it. I bet he could motivate the hell out of this ball club on game days. I would also like to hear what Kwon would bring to the table.

  102. Skipper Says:

    I find it dumbfounding that many posters here continue to ridicule Gerald McCoy. I can totally understand how he feels, he sees a team finally progressing around him after multiple losing seasons. If I was him, I would feel the same way. Winston is used to winning. McCoy is once again going to the pro bowl because he is one of the best at his position and as Bucs fans we should all be greatful to have him on our team.

  103. Avejoe Says:

    GMC is a loser. Always has been, always will be.

  104. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    Can I get that 1st and that 3rd please.

  105. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    I’m willing to bet the fan in Cincy are not divided about Geno, the fans in the Lou weren’t divided about Donald, the one in Mia are not divided about Suh. The fact that we are divided about gmc is quite telling in my opinion.

  106. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Blake – I think you hit on a big thing that a lot of the people that are put off by GMC feel. No one is doubting that he puts in the hours. No one is doubting that he has loads of talent. It’s the drive that people aren’t seeing from him. He has an attitude that’s a lot closer to being a pee-wee coach than it is an NFL champion. In GMC’s eyes, everyone should get a Lombardi trophy for trying.

    I’m not saying that I want to get rid of him. I’m not saying that he isn’t a talented guy that we can use on the team, until we can replace him. But I am saying that I understand certain fans’ frustration. If he had an ounce of that passion, it would be a lot easier to get behind him as a cog of the defense. If LVD had that passion and need to win, he wouldn’t catch nearly as much flak as he gets. No one is doubting that they’re logging the hours at the facility or that their noses are in the playbooks. I logged 12 hours at my job yesterday and I’ll invite you to go look through the JBF comments sections to see how active I was. Just putting in time doesn’t equal production and it doesn’t equate to someone being passionate about what they’re doing. You can see it on the field, you can hear it in how they talk about the game, you can tell by the way that other players and coaches talk about them.

  107. Skyline Crew Says:

    Bucs fans are a joke. The hate is strong amongst you. If you don’t understand what GMC is saying, then you shouldn’t be a fan. Look at all the crap seasons GMC has had. For him, this is a special season. It showed what the Bucs can do and the direction they are heading. His last winning season was when he was drafted. 4-12 and 2-14 seasons is what he has seen. You don’t think having a winning season for the Bucs is special? You all are stupid. Hell, even an 8-8 season is special for this team.

  108. Bucsfanman Says:

    LMAO @ Blake! For real? You do know that football is a game, right?! You do know that football is also a business right?!
    I would be EXTREMELY concerned about a man who cares more about winning a football game than his personal/family life. Why do fans feel like they’re entitled to something?! The Bucs, GMC, LVD, Kwon, Jameis, none of them owe you sh!t. Their lives will keep moving whether you like them or don’t. Whether you feel like they are putting in 100% or not is as about irrelevant as it gets.
    Fans should be happy that there’s some positivity coming from the team.
    It’s freakin’ football people. It’s a game.
    Such high standards around here!!! I hope those casting stones live by their own creed. I doubt it.

  109. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Blake is just spewing nonsense as have a few others on this thread. Any idea why he said he didn’t enjoy his rookie year Blake???

  110. Skyline Crew Says:

    I like how some here are saying we have to make the playoffs next year….You all guaranteed we were winning a SB in 3 yrs of drafting Jamie. Guess what, that’s next season, so I expect to win the SB next year, because you all said it.

  111. greg Says:

    There are 51.5 million reasons that many Bucs fans don’t let up on GMC….we can go 8-8 with him or 8-8 without him…we were spoiled by the passion and skill that Sapp played the game with…any DL will be compared to Sapp…and they will all fall short.

    If McCoy had some signature big plays in the playoffs and could play a few games without being injured…as well as stop calling mediocre seasons “special” he would get a lot more props

  112. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Touchdowntony he said he didnt like it cause there was too much pressure on him to be “the guy.” Yup nothing I said is even close to the truth dude.

    and @bucsfanman I didn’t mean in life dude. I meant in the game of football, winning isn’t the most important thing to him. It’s having fun, thats all he ever talks about.