October 1st, 2017


The proof was on the field today for all to see, and it also was in the Twitter feed of a Super Bowl-winning Buccaneer.

Joe’s talking about the exploits of five-time Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy, the beast in the middle of the Bucs defense with limited help around him. McCoy came out on fire Sunday against the Giants, with two tackles for a loss on New York’s opening series.

Two series later, McCoy simply owned the field.

And that’s when Booger McFarland had to speak out on Twitter.

McCoy, unfortunately, has little to no help in the pass rush. Sheesh, it is not pretty. The Bucs have one sack this season. One!!!

Noah Spence was a non-factor on the edge against bad Giants tackles, and for some reason, DE Will Clarke was getting a lot of time rushing off both edges.

Chris Baker? Crickets.

McCoy, though, continues to press on. Offensive coordinators around the league routinely call McCoy a game-wrecker. Last week, Giants playcaller/head coach Ben McAdoo said McCoy will make things “messy” if you don’t take him out.

He did just that today.

66 Responses to “Game-Wrecker-In-Chief”

  1. celly Says:

    I’m sure there’s a few people here who will disagree.

    This should be interesting.

  2. Bernie K Says:

    beast mode

  3. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Joe must have missed that hit that Chris Baker laid on Eli. Wasn’t a sack, but a pressure and a QB hit leading to an incomplete pass is a darn good play in my book.

  4. T Says:

    If you didn’t see it McCoy won this game.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I saw that play by Baker… as close to Manning as anyone else.

    As for GMC….I watched the game on TV so I was able to hear the play after play accolades……my though was….I sure hope Tmax is watching…..he must have serious sphincter issues tonight……after all, he has a very large sphincter….usually mistaken for his head.

  6. T Says:

    Better watch it when he goes around about. if Cam can beat the champions look out.

  7. Dreambig Says:

    Unfortunatly, GMC was pretty well neutralized in the second half with the rest of our Dline. I am sure Tmax and others will be pointing that out. First half though he was killing it. It sure would be nice if we got that boy some help!

  8. LakeLand Says:

    GMC is all the Bucs have on the D-Line

  9. Buc1987 Says:

    McCoy who?

  10. Chucklehead Says:

    Seriously though. McCoy was blowing that Oline up for the Giants. You can’t tell me we have nobody else hungry enough to make an impact with GMC out there. Where are they?

    Who will be held accountable for the lack of production?

  11. Issic Haggins Says:

    Glad to see Gmac going towards the ball not towards penetration daylight to often away from the ball !! Great game Gmac !!

    Please continue to make the play not redirect it !! Stop the ball not re route it !!!
    Great Game !!!

  12. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I can assure you…non of this will slow TMax’s roll a bit. I think McCoy picked on him in high school or something. TMax absolutely hates him and will never change his pitch.

  13. MadMax Says:

    I hope GMC didnt take a knee…..sorry i missed it if he did.

  14. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    McCoy was a factor in the 1st quarter…kinda a factor in the second. ….then after the 1st half, he became invisible.

    McCoy and the whole D-Line WERE PATHETIC after the 1st half of the game…..why you ask?

    Because they hadn’t got pressure or any sacks against 2nd Stringers on the NYG O-line……only the LT was a starter.

    If our D-Line were so good….it should’ve been lights out for manning the whole second half …………..bottomline….our D-Line suck arse against a bunch of second stringers and McCoy was once again invisible.

    Nothing to brag about.

  15. Capt. Blighe Says:

    Does Spence even have an inside move ?

  16. cmurda Says:

    McCoy is the D Line right now. I just can’t understand why Mike Smith is running such a vanilla defense. I guess the injuries play a factor, but rookies or not you still have to disguise your defense and not be so predictable. I fail to see the hype with Mike Smith’s defense. Has he ever had a good defense?

  17. NJBucsFan Says:

    Dude is a stud

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Picks in the first three rounds of Licht’s Drafts on offense and defense.

    2017 3rd Round – Justin Evans S
    2017 3rd Round – Kendell Beckwith ILB

    2016 1st Round – Vernon Hargreaves CB
    2016 2nd Round – Noah Spence DE

    2017 1st Round – OJ Howard
    2017 3rd Round – Chris Godwin

    2016 – None

    2015 1st Round – Jameis Winston
    2015 2nd Round – Donovan Smith
    2015 2nd Round – Ali Marpet
    2015 3rd Round – No Pick

    4 defense. 6 offense.

    That’s why McCoy has no help. That said…can we really hold it against Licht? He HAD to build the offense first for Jameis.

  19. ATrain Says:

    So NFL average Player can not make One Sack with GMC dominating so much
    I was at the fame I heard Ayers name with a few tackles at the line or loss

    If GMC is taking double and triple coverage to stop him WHY can we not get a sack????

    Play Seven on the OLine

  20. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    TheBucsAnthem Says:
    “…after the 1st half, he became invisible.”

    That’s bull. He was consistent throughout the game. It’s just that the rest of the defensive line is so bad that even with McCoy double (and sometimes triple) teamed, they could not get it done.

    We really need a Simeon Rice, but by the time we get one, McCoy will be too old to capitalize.

  21. cmurda Says:

    Exactly Bonzai. All you heard was weapons for Winston. All the blame for Licht yet Evans looked good when having to come in for Tandy, VH3 had a way better game today, and the draft focus was offense. Obviously, we will need to look at free agents and D Line help next year, but you can’t fix everything in just a few drafts. We are headed the right direction. This was the type of game we would have lost the last 2 years. Progress is being made.

  22. RayJameisStadium Says:


  23. celly Says:

    VH3 having a good game leads me to believe that he’s more of a #2 CB than a #1 currently. Hopefully he’s being properly groomed behind Grimes. Otherwise, we’ll likely be spending another high pick on a CB soon.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with having multiple competent Cbs.

  24. Dano74 Says:

    It’s really Sad that McCoy STILL doesn’t have help on this DLine! These guys suck bad! Bucs need to draft all DT/DE’s in the draft!!!

  25. Lamarcus Says:

    I thot this was it. the Game. The One. Where he takes over. His signature game and then after the first quarter ……..

  26. CautiousOptimism Says:

    The selective witness is profound.
    This line of scrimmage was wholly abused through the entire second half

  27. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Some of you people literally have no clue about football. I could explain to you how you can neutralize one guy on a D-Line when he has no help, but we all know you either A) have already made up your mind and will never give McCoy credit, B) just don’t understand how football works (nothing wrong with that, as long as you don’t pretend that you do).

    GMC is the only Pro Bowl DT that has NEVER played with another Pro Bowl defensive lineman. Let that sink in! Yet, he still creates havoc when he is the ONLY lineman that OC’s have to scheme for. That’s really pretty amazing. It’s sad and unfortunate how so many fans take for granted how good of a player he is, even though it’s painfully obvious to 95% of people.

  28. unbelievable Says:

    Agreed. Spence has speed but he was getting pushed around badly.

    Baker made a few plays early and Ayers had 2 great run stops in a row, plus a few other nice plays.

    But by the second half that whole d-line was gassed. The TOP was crazy lopsided for the Giants. They were still able to push the pocket a bit and move Eli a little off his mark, but the pressure was light to say the least.

    We HAVE to get more pressure against Brady or he will pick us apart doesn’t matter how bad their D is that his year.

  29. unbelievable Says:

    ^ Meant to also include:

    GMC was far and away our best d lineman again today. Gholston was stout against the run too. But everyone was less effective by the 2nd half. Gassed.

  30. Conte Piscateli Says:

    I’m certainly glad the officials had a good place to watch the game. They missed numerous hold calls in this game. Most notably late in the third quarter a third down completion to OBJ, the replay shows the lineman has GMC in a headlock.

  31. Destinjohnny Says:

    Need to get him on a pitch count.
    He was dominate early.
    But, Quite As a church mouse in the 4th

  32. cmurda Says:

    P.S. Cameron Brate > Landon Collins. The play we will all remember is Brate’s clutch catch over Landon to set up game winning kick, but my favorite was Brate steamrolling Collins on the nice crossing pattern for about 25 yards.

  33. DB55 Says:

    How the he11 do you wreck a game in the first qrt? Seriously how does that work? As I pointed out earlier today the first and only goal line stop in forever and gmc wasn’t even on the field.

    Per usual the ice cream melted in the 4th qrt. You can’t consistently give up 4th qrt leads and expect to win all the time.

    Same old story from McCoy, get your stats early in the game and then disappear in the 4th qrt when the game is on the line.

    But yea he’s a stud alright, well he’s definitely a stud in the first qrt.

    Thank god the Messiah never gives up and ALWAYS plays to win.

  34. DB55 Says:


    Play of the game.

  35. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Spot on comments once again from DB55…

    I’m starting to think some of you guys are being paid by GMC loyalists to the garbage about how “good/great” or whatever else to hype up GMC.

    Where was GMC when we needed precious game changing stops or plays after the 1st quarter???

    Oh yeah, that’s right, he got his stats early in the 1st and decided to take the rest of the night off by being mediocre again……always in typical GMC fashion.

    ……..and where is Fatty Baker at during the whole game….oh. that’s right, he already got paid and is taking advice from Michael “ghost” Johnson on how to seem invisible every game, yet stays on the field.

    No wonder every QB succeeds against our D-line…..cause everyone is loafing from their idol GMC……

    Don’t you guys get it, our starting D-Line played against 2nd Stringers of NYG the whole second half (minus their LT)!!!!!

    ……..that’s so damn pathetic, yet GMC is a stud…..????

  36. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Same fools, same foolish statements. So laughable. Not even worth arguing, because you’re either too stubborn or too stupid to understand. Go Bucs!!!

  37. Dreambig Says:

    DB55 – who on the Dline was better than GMC last night? If he sucks so bad surely one of his peers should be making him look bad? You guys are a mystery as to why you pick our best Dlineman to constantly criticize. I’ll give you the entire Dline was gassed by the end of the game but as Unbelievable pointed out, that’s what happens when the TOP is so lopsided. I think our missing starting linebackers have a lot to do with that. The young guys played their tails off but its not the same as having Kwon in there.

  38. PRBucFan Says:

    As Koetter already said, you won’t see Baker on the stat sheet, it isn’t his job to rush the passer. Just a big body to demand attention and plug holes.

  39. PRBucFan Says:

    And he is so explosive the first half of games that I think he gasses out towards the end of games. Atleast that what it seems like with McCoy. I feel like his next big step towards becoming legendary is learning how to properly pace himself. That my opinion. To each his own.

  40. tnew Says:

    You guys have said it all perfectly. Destin, this is the one thing that Sapp did so well. So many times in the fourth, I would scan the field on what I perceived to be “big play” Sapp would be on the sideline, trying to find air on a knee. Then when the real “big play” happened, Sapp would be on the field, causing havoc. Saying he’s “taking the night off” is just folly. He gets beat down. The defense was on the field a long time as the Bucs were killed in time of possession.

    GMC doesn’t have this sense and probably won’t develop it. He is the best by a far cry.

    Baker played a good game today, until he got worn down. He is in poor condition still yet. Shame.

    For all of you bashing on Spence.. his inside move was lost with the shoulder separation. I’m nearly in favor of shutting him down now to examine options that could fix it long term. I don’t know if there are any procedures that could fix it, but I know advances are made every day. I can’t imagine one of these creative orthos can’t come up with something.

    Pass rush isn’t going to get better for a long, long time.

  41. Eric Says:

    The man played fabulously.

  42. Mbfists Says:

    Trade Martin for a D END!!!!! Get McCoy some help

  43. CautiousOptimism Says:

    Hey guys, you know what the Bucs should do? They should hire a guy to evaluate talent and make an evidence based decision on which players to sign to improve our football team. Then maybe we could try to draft or sign a player to rush the passer. Whaddya think?
    I wonder what that job would be?…like a manager of sorts in a general way but also knows the difference between football and tummy sticks. Hmmm…what could it be?

  44. Pickgrin Says:

    Great game GMC! Haters gonna hate…

  45. Rod Munch Says:

    McCoy had a strong start and a good ending – but I think he got a bit tired in the middle as he went away a bit. But the Bucs were scoring so quickly early the defensive ended up being out there a lot so maybe that’s why.

    Overall good game for McCoy.

  46. RayJameisStadium Says:

    …when Baker plays in a game McCoy performs in a solid way.


    2-1 Baby!!!!

  47. Easy Denman Says:

    G Mac continues to play his a$$ off every game and if ppl still hate on him they are just trolls. Gonna be a sad day when he’s not a Buccaneer anymore and it’s a damn shame they never built a pass rush around him

  48. CautiousOptimism Says:

    Geraldini’s disappearing act late in the game was once again on display. Skillful consistency

  49. darin Says:

    Youre a clown. Ever played a sport? Dissapeared late? Umm u watch the whole game? Id be spent too if I had 2 guys on me every play n was beating them down for 3 hours. Ummm yeah that takes a toll on every human. If youre expecting someone to not get fatigued go back to your sci-fi shows. We live in reality. Gmc was dominant, as stated. Good job Gerald. Now the ends couldnt beat backup tackles who have gotten destroyed by everyone else. N cmon smitty how bout a blitz here n there? Yeah one thats not telegraphed. Maybe a corner or safety so eli doesnt stand back there like a sprinkler, head back n forth, for 5 seconds. Almost cost the game. Lots to improve on. Big win tho. Now we get the worst D in the league on a short week. Time to call some slants and more draws dirk! Bout time u called a draw play. 30 something yds was sweet so dont stop now. Go bucs

  50. CautiousOptimism Says:

    I’m the clown but your the expert suggesting a blitz and one that works? What a genius suggestion. Very cutting edge. Hope Mike Smith ends up reading everything you jot down because we are winning games in late January with that wisdom.

  51. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    GMC was great first 2 quarters problem is they play 4 and again NO sacks…dominant is the guy getting sacks when it counts like james making plays when it counts

  52. Buc believer Says:

    How many sacks did he get against a really bad Giants offensive line again? I missed the number.

  53. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    November 10th, 2015 at 8:05 am

    When he’s healthy – McCoy’s one of the Best Interior Lineman in the game.
    You can’t constantly defend; what this kid brings to the table.
    All h e just needs a quality edge rusher or two – then WATCHOUT

    “Best Interior Defensive – had equal or greater counterparts on the outside”

    *Quick view

    DT – Alan Page
    -Carl Eller
    -Jim Marshall

    DT – Merlin Olsen
    -Deacon Jones
    -Lamar Lundy

    DT – Joe Greene
    -L.C. Greenwood
    -Dwight White

    DT- Randy White
    -Too Tall Jones
    -Harvey Martin

    DT- Dave Butz
    -Charles Mann
    -Dexter Manley

    DT – Steve McMichael
    -Richard Dent
    -Dan Hampton

    DT’s Jerome Brown & Bob Golic
    -Reggie White
    -Clyde Simmons

    DT’s – Keith Millard | Henry Thomas & John Randle
    -Chris Doleman
    -Al Noga

    DT’s – Bill Maas & Dan Saleaumua
    -Neil Smith
    -Derrick Thomas

    DT’s – Cortez Kennedy & Sam Adams
    -Michael McCrary
    -Michael Sinclair

    DT’s – Tony Siragusa & Sam Adams
    – Michael McCrary
    – Rob Burnett
    – Peter Boulware

    Warren Sapp, Culpepper & Anthony McFarland
    – Simeon Rice
    – Greg Spires

    DT’s – Kevin Williams & Pat Williams
    – Jared Allen
    – Ray Edwards

    DT’s – Geno Atkins & Domata Peko
    – Carlos Dunlap
    – Michael Johnson

    El Certa

    What about Sapp’s 1999 Season??

    Sapp & Brad Culpepper accounted for 19.5 sacks from the interior that in 99’

    While Defensive Ends – Marcus Jones, Chidi Ahanotu & Steve White only accounted for 14.5 on the outside.

    It was an amazing year. And even though there’s been a few scattered similarities, like this in leagues history – its not the norm.

    Year In – Year Out…
    No one has ever been able to get consistent pressure from the interior.
    Without major assistance from the outside rush

  54. LUVMYBUCS Says:


  55. CautiousOptimism Says:

    What’s that play called where the quarterback is holding the ball and gets tackled behind the line of scrimmage? We should hire a guy that can acquire the roster talent to pull off those kind of plays. That would be cool.

  56. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Cautious that is one of the rarest plays in the NFL and you probably will not see one this week against the golden boy and GMC will probably not want to hurt his good buddy as well

  57. Bucamania Says:

    GMC was beasting yesterday. The man needs help! Ayers played pretty well yesterday but no one is even sniffing the QB. They couldn’t get to Eli once in 49 freaking pass attempts?! Smitty is scared to blitz now. Can’t let Brady sit back there or it’ll be over early. Take your chances.

  58. Defense Rules Says:

    unbelievable@ … “But by the second half that whole d-line was gassed. The TOP was crazy lopsided for the Giants.” Right on unbelievable … over 34 mins TOP for the Giants to not quite 26 mins for the Bucs. Our DLine doesn’t have sufficient depth to play that kind of game every week, or to even sustain it for the whole game. GMC played lights out, particularly in the 1st half & at the end of the game. Baker & McDonald contributed nicely against the run I thought, but didn’t look like they were getting much interior push to pressure Eli (our DEs certainly weren’t getting there).

    I love a win as much as anyone, even an ugly win. But … this will be a very long season if our offense doesn’t start controlling the clock better AND putting more points on the board. The 3 other teams who the Giants lost to this year controlled the clock & AVERAGED 35 mins TOP … Bucs were almost 10 mins TOP LESS than that. Giants had shown they couldn’t stop the run or the short passing game, yet we didn’t use either effectively IMO. Take away 1 long (36 yd) run (Giants MLB blew his gap I thought) & Bucs RBs were 17-for-60 yds (3.5 yds/run average). Other teams beating the Giants ran literally TWICE as much as we did … and used it to control the clock.

    We’re leaving way too many pts on the field. Yesterday, 3 TDs made (1 XP total from those 3) plus 2 FGs made (out of 4 attempted). That’s at least 8 pts left on the field, but actually more than that since we should’ve been scoring TDs instead of attempting FGs. Jameis completed only 58% of his passes (22-for-38) against a Giants’ defense that had been getting eaten alive with short passes. It’s nice to win, but this offense has to improve a bunch if we’re to have any expectations of making the playoffs. Our defense is hurting & won’t be able to survive games in which the opposition keeps the ball for 35 mins TOP.

  59. NOSBOS Says:

    Needs to figure out how to ration that jet fuel thru 4 quarters.

  60. orlbucfan Says:

    Been a supporter of GMC since the days he was drafted. He reminded me of Lee Roy Selmon (HOF/RIP) then, and he does now. Let the trolls bloviate. The big problem is scoring points. I don’t care if you’re playing Cleveland or us back in the Dark Ages. You GIVE another team 8 points and they will/should kick your arse. Gua-run-teed! It’s also coaching. DK has got to let this offense loose. Same with Smith and the D. You think the refs were non-calling yesterday? Just wait until Thursday night and the Beli-cheat Krewe. Go Bucs (somehow)!!

  61. boxster Says:

    We have no pass rush and GMC won’t last all season.
    Thursay we have Brady & the Pats.
    I say we give up on the pass rush, and only rush 3 and drop the 4th back in coverage.
    Make the Pats beat us with the run.

  62. sorryitriggeredyou Says:

    @Bucamania you blitz Brady to much you finna get burned so bad. Gonna need JW to have another classic game. I’m totally confident he can.

  63. sorryitriggeredyou Says:

    @boxster Sounds good. We got the LBs to make that happen. Glanton and Bechwith were pretty durn good in coverage yesterday.

  64. Bucsfanman Says:

    Missing David and Kwon led to more conversions and TOP for the Giants. A blind man could’ve seen that GMC was the best d-lineman on the field by far. I love how people critique GMC fading but fail to mention anyone else stepping up…ever.
    We are wasting a talent by not providing capable edge-rushers. Ayers and Gholston aren’t getting it and Spence keeps getting muscled.
    This game was closer than it had to be.

  65. Keir Says:

    Take that TMaxi pad!

  66. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    GMC showed how great he was yesterday. We just need to help him more with an edge rush