Gerald McCoy Says He Set An “Overexaggerated” Hustle Tone

November 15th, 2017

Gerald McCoy takes you deep inside practice

So what was different with the Bucs leading up to Sunday’s win against the Jets?

Apparently things were a whole lot different. And Joe hasn’t quite figured out how to feel about it.

Gerald McCoy hopped on the Buccaneers Radio Network and talked about impactful and positive change at practice, though at the same time McCoy said it wasn’t to pull the Bucs out of a rut of bad practices.

Here are McCoy’s exact words:

“As far as practice goes, we’ve been having really good weeks of practice, actually,” McCoy said of the weeks prior to the one leading up to the Jets game.

“This past week, one thing I tried to do was set the tone with how hard we practice. I kind of turned up the tempo of practice with pursuit of the football. Yo know, so I was overaggerating my pursuit to the football.

“I was running 20 and 30 and 40 yards down field. Guys are like, ‘Why is he running so far?’

“It was to make it contagious. So it was like you see this D-lineman running way down field and then you look like, ‘Geez, I only ran five yards. I only ran 10 yards. And this is our leader. I need to get with the program.’ And as you see practice went on last week, it was almost like a race to see who could get there the fastest, who could run the farthest, and it carried it over into Sunday.”

McCoy added that he probably has to keep gassing himself in practice to keep the team’s raised game. “Hey, the standard is set,” he said.

The cynic in Joe is slamming shots and screaming, ‘What the hell took so long and why were guys not practicing harder to begin with?” But Joe also realizes there is a limit and the “overexggerating” McCoy referenced probably was the best way to drive home a point to the team. It’s commonly referred to as leadership.

Regardless, now the Bucs have to build on it. If they can’t, then it was a nice but worthless effort by McCoy.

55 Responses to “Gerald McCoy Says He Set An “Overexaggerated” Hustle Tone”

  1. Bayers Says:

    MY bucs what took you so long ?

  2. 813bucboi Says:

    gotta practice how you play… practice lazy…you play lazy….simple as that….

    this has me thinking about how dirk calls plays in practice….is he calling plays just to have players go thru the motions?…or is he calling plays to score on the defense in practice…..

    SMDH….funny how players want to “turn it on” once the seasons damn near over!!!….that’s lack of leadership….not from the players but the coaches….GO BUCS!!!!

  3. tmaxcon Says:

    Oh my god. what a pathetic excuse for a captain and team leader. took the sorry POS 8 years to understand you have to hustle at this level. career loser and locker room cancer leading your bucs to the basement… The Face of the Basement years is a freaking complete and total joke… trade that hypocrite loser and a bible to ISIS for some goat meat.

  4. AlteredEgo Says:

    It only took 4 games for him to figure it out….what a soft game the NFL has turned into

  5. Bucnjim Says:

    Well that explains the standing around earlier in the season! Kind of sad to be honest with you. Basically saying if the play gets past you wait and hope someone in the secondary makes a play. Maybe he read my post about the Panthers game! Or maybe he just watched film on Warren Sapp & JJ Watt.

  6. Buc1987 Says:


  7. Lamarcus Says:

    Omg. See this is what I mean by having the wrong type of vet leadership around tampa and even close to JW. And we wonder why we are 3 and 6??

  8. Jim Says:

    “So what was different with the Bucs leading up to Sunday’s win against the Jets?” Umm, let’s see…QB?

  9. Lamarcus Says:

    Goat meat? From isis? For gmc?? Okay I’ll take

  10. William Walls Says:

    Wait. You mean to tell me that tmaxcon has been right this whole time?! Okay, I quit.

  11. derrickbrooksforGM Says:

    What’s funny is this is how the old school winning bucs used to practice every day. This team really really lacks winning leadership from the top down. Time to purge man.

  12. derrickbrooksforGM Says:

    @Lamarcus Excactly you said it better than I could.

  13. DB55 Says:

    I was running 20 and 30 and 40 yards down field.

    After watching the Saints film everyone noticed that I’m a total slacker with no hustle. Meanwhile my “backup” McDonald was chasing down a screenplay 30 yards downfield.

    So I figured I’d put on a show at practice so the guys don’t think I’m soft. Been here 8 years so far and I think my secret is safe, right?. This is great.

    Anyway I put in a good effort on Sunday against a garbage team so I’m ready to get “injured” 😉 and take the next few weeks off especially if we go on a winning streak. Bc look at me I need attention please.

  14. DB55 Says:

    then it was a nice but worthless effort by McCoy.

    This sums up his play since Schiano took over.

  15. cmurda Says:

    McCoy is a solid football player. I won’t take that away from him but I have some criticism to shed. He’s been the self-appointed leader of this defense and one of the leaders of this team and now he wants to set the bar high. Now? How about in preseason. There are responsibilities that comes with leadership. JW is a leader. JW may not be at an All Star level right now but he works his tail off and practices what he preaches. I’m a little skeptical if McCoy is holding that defense accountable. If guys are not cutting the mustard, they need to be called out.

  16. DB55 Says:

    Yo T

    Did you see your boy LVD murdering dudes on Sunday? Come on bro say it with me.

    Who’s your favorite player? MR.#54

  17. skomsky Says:

    Practices are supposed to be harder than the games. Ask Sapp / D Brooks how the practices were then. practice how your supposed to play. Novel idea. I am amazed at how long it took them to realize this. It’s not what you do when people are watching that makes you great. It’s what you do when no one is watching.

  18. NoFlyZone27 Says:

    The problem with this team is complacency and that starts with the team leaders. Your leaders must lead by example and do the extra things so the other players have no excuse to slack off. The level of accountability is terrible. If there is no hustle in practice, I am not surprised by the previous losing streak.

    If I was a coach, I could call #93 into my office, print a copy of his comments from the off-season about the advice he received at the Pro-Bowl and ask him to grade his progress thus far. As an elite player, is he keeping true to what he said he needed to do?

  19. Tampa Bay Tailgater Says:




  20. Tampa Bay Tailgater Says:

    Somehow he finds a way to take credit for something he and this team should have been doing since training camp. Part McCoy and Part Coaching.


  21. Lamarcus Says:

    We know that Chris baker is that leader gmc is taking credit for. Baker the leader? That’s sad

  22. Letsgobucs Says:

    Sad commentary on one of the “leaders”. Forget 8 years…8 stinking games and he has been leading from behind. Smh

  23. ChrisfromSarasota Says:

    What an unbelievable statement from McCoy.
    I can only smh.
    This mentality is the reason why the Bucs war bad for over one DECADE.

    Leader of the laughingstock of the NFL.

    But at the end of the day, he drives home in his beautiful cars to his beautiful mansion. It his work.

    I fell for this circus season after season. But not anymore. This is the last year i have Bucs season tickets. I dont support this circus any longer.

  24. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Whatever happened to practicing really hard so that game days you are both confident and conditioned. When I played football (and I was very average though I gave 100%) I remember game days being easier than our practices. We loved game days. It was fun because we were prepared physically. And mentally. I am certain it was this was way for many of you that played too right? Coaches would not tolerate even the best players to just go through the motions in practice. We went through hell together each week so that on Friday we were going to be able to play at a high level and not be gassed in the 4th quarter.

  25. Pancake block Says:

    What the hell is “overaggerating”?

  26. AlteredEgo Says:

    Webster definition….just put a Mc before it
    adjective, coyer, coyest.
    artfully or affectedly shy or reserved; slyly hesitant; coquettish.
    shy; modest.
    showing reluctance, especially when insincere or affected, to reveal one’s plans or opinions, make a commitment, or take a stand:
    The mayor was coy about his future political aspirations.
    Archaic. disdainful; aloof.
    Obsolete. quiet; reserved.

  27. ndog Says:

    Does this surprise anyone. By the way wasn’t McCoy hiding from the media the last few weeks when we were losing, then we win one and lookey here McCoy is doing a one hour radio show telling us how he lead the change. Shocker!

  28. Mikadeemas Says:

    Yeah DB, I was thinking the same thing! McDonald is the one you repeatedly see that far downfield. IN GAMES!! GMC must have finally seen it on game film. Sheesh! GO BUCS!!!

  29. Curse of Gruden Says:

    McCoy’s words gives me little confidence in the defense that he “leads.”

  30. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    What a complete turd and lack of leader….great job licht with not trading this faux leader and grabbing draft picks from the patriots or raiders or anywhere not tampa……wow what a loooooser….oh and the jets are garbage good luck this week ice cream man

  31. BUC MAN Says:


  32. Jmarkbuc Says:

    How in the hell do you over exaggerate hustle.

    Hustle is Hustle. Football players used to go 110% all the time. This CBA agreement has killed practice in the NFL.

  33. BUC MAN Says:


  34. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Move him for R2 & R3 picks please *clap clap

    McCoy would probably be great in some other locker room where he is not the leader. But as of today he’s been the leader of the worst defenses in the NFL for his whole career basically.

    I’m going full tmax at this point lol. This is what this damn season has done to me

  35. DoNUTS Says:

    BRN/Buc PR chooses who will be on the show not GMC. Funny thing is…leaders get all the criticism in todays world…but the #93 haters want to criticize him for not leading in a manner they deem acceptable.

    Buc Fans:
    If you could change GMC’s leadership style in some way…how or what would you change?

  36. Broy34isExcitedForGruden+Jameis Says:

    Better late than never

  37. Broy34isExcitedForGruden+Jameis Says:

    Hey it’s Buc Mans daily useless cap lock stupidity. Thanks for joining you’ve been a great addition to this sky is falling reader list

  38. D-Rome Says:

    What an odd quote by McCoy. If it doesn’t look over exaggerated when you think you are hustling in practice, then you’re not hustling.

  39. Not there yet Says:

    Pursuit in practice after the play can only take you so far and hopefully something else clocked in these players because that doesn’t sound like practicing harder. Reps and technique and all the little details make the difference. Not so sure about what he’s saying but if it proves a spark… What took you so long to step up and be a leader in practice

  40. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Byron Maxwell to the Seahawks weird licht didnt grab someone to help one the worst areas of our team but a winning team does

  41. JimmyJack Says:

    Here it is GMC is the lovable scapegoat again. Andbody that picked up on the fact that the guy isn’t much of a leader was paying attention. But to blame the guy for not being a leader is just ridiculous.

    You can’t force somebody to be a leader in this world. Some people are followers and some are leaders, it’s very simple really. McCoy done the best he could with this team which is lead by example……which doesn’t cut it in the NFL.

    At the end of the day you’re just turning a blind eye to point the blame at Gerald. Year after year our front office has decided to build around this guy. That’s where the blame should be…….If you have a defensive front that has no attitude and a soft leader it’s your job to identify that and do something about it. Don’t blame McCoy for not being the leader you wish him to be, blame the Front Office for leaving our Dline void of any true leadership.

  42. 813bucboi Says:

    GMC is not a leader…
    GMC is not an alpha dog….

    he is a player that loves to play the game of football….nothing more nothing less….GO BUCS!!!!

  43. DB55 Says:

    Just dig up this real actual footage of Greg Schiano meeting GMC for the first time. Schiano has a great tan being that he was new to fl and all. He was rocking a nice hat too. Enjoy! #Oklahoma

  44. DB55 Says:

    Actual footage of Shelton Quarkes telling gmc he was going to be traded for a half pint of Ben n Jerry’s American dream.

  45. The Buc Realist Says:


    your link must be broken, so I will put up the “real” way it went down!!!!!!!!!

  46. DB55 Says:


    That is one of the best movies in cinematic history. I deserved to win at least 3 oscars.

  47. Steven007 Says:

    Lord C, ha-ha – “full trollmax”; I am guessing that’s an allusion to “full retard”. Well done, sir.

    JimmyJack, 813, I agree with you both. GMC has always been a good player forced into a role that’s clearly not a natural one for him, nor one that he chose. At this point he’d be a great Pats pickup because he could just sit back and play on a team that has unquestioned leadership from top to bottom. At this point, like others, I would have been ok shipping him off for a decent pick or two but obviously that didn’t happen. Had management gotten (or retained) even one decent pass rusher these last 9 years we’re not even having this conversation.

  48. ATrain Says:

    CANCER 93

  49. Pierce Says:

    I like GMC but he’s not a leader. Great players aren’t always great leaders. The coaching staff should’ve turned up the tempo in training camp. Football standards are always set from pee-wee to high school to the pros through coaching. Paying a player doesn’t negate them from the roots of any sport.

  50. Reach87 Says:

    What is pathetic is how some posers on here take every effort to jump on, defame and call arguably our best defensive player a pos. You are playing yourselves. Clownish. All he did was go hard in practice and the game.DB, I do agree David was a beast this last game. For the rest of you morons, just because someone else makes a play on Defense that doesn’t make it a negative on anyone else. Team game. Team won. Go Bucs!

  51. Lord Cornelius Says:

    The thing is – GMC over the years has seemed to enjoy being “the guy” – i don’t think it was exactly forced on him all this time. At some point he could have easily said he’s taking a step back; not doing interviews; and realizing that the locker room needs different types of leaders than himself; and that he’s here to play hard and follow the real leaders.

    Also – I’ve never seen him elevate the play of any d-lineman around him. No one has performed better here once lined up by GMC vs how they’ve played on other teams. In fact – many D-lineman seem to have less success here; and more success elsewhere.

    Leaders need to make those around them better. We’ve seen how Kwon being in the lineup just galvanizes the defense more. Many of our blowouts the last 3 years were with him on the sideline but GMC on the field. Same with Jameis – he made guys like Humphries & Cam Brate into legit starters.

  52. Lord Cornelius Says:

    In addition to Hump & Brate; WInston has also made our line look better. The difference between 2014 and 2015 forward in pass protection had a lot to do with Winston’s pocket maneuvarebility and checking into the right protections vs what we saw in 2014

  53. Tony 12" Pepperoni Says:

    We need to trade this guy in the draft!! The Glazes need to bring in a president to run this team like Jacksonville did.

    Team President

    1.Jimmy Johnson

    2.Bill Parcells

    3. Tony Dungey

  54. BigHogHaynes Says:

    There is nothing at all that you can do for this team McCoy…in the eyes of some fans. There are just too many Jack/Asses to overcome! You played a solid game SUNDAY, keep up the good work!!

  55. Gerald McRuud Says: