Aaron Donald Admires Bucs Player

February 6th, 2018

Looks up to Bucs defender.

So who does the best defensive tackle in the game go to when trying to learn moves and techniques that might raise his game? The answer may surprise Bucs fans.

One cool thing about the days preceding the Super Bowl is the Who’s Who of NFL players, coaches and suits appearing on various radio stations and TV shows that are rooted at the Mall of America’s food court radio row at the Super Bowl’s media center.

One of those NFL types was the beast of the City of Angels known as Aaron Donald.

The Rams defensive tackle ignites Bucs fans for some reason. Donald is a once-in-a-generation player. But the loud Gerald McCoy haters constantly look for reasons to pile on GMC for some unknown, deep-rooted reason, so mentioning Donald’s name seems to rattle their cages.

Donald, this year’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year, essentially threw cold water if not reality into the faces of the GMC haters when he cited GMC as a standard for defensive tackle play.

When appearing on “Pro Football Talk Live,” co-hosted by the great Mike Florio and former Bucs quarterback Chris Simms, which intelligent football fans enjoy weekday mornings on the NBC Sports Network, Simms asked Donald who he looks up to when trying to raise his game.

Chris Simms: Who do you watch when you want to break down some film and see other guys at your position?

Aaron Donald: You know, I’m breaking down McCoy.

Whoa! So the best defensive tackle in the game monitors the same guy the haters want to run out of town? The same defensive tackle Donald studies to sharpen his game? Yet this same guy is not good enough for loud Bucs fans?

Studying GMC “will give me a good chance for success,” Donald said. “Yeah. They show a weakness [in an opponent].”

Donald added if a successful move by GMC works, he wants to use that same technique.

So, yeah, GMC is good enough for the best defensive tackle in the NFL to learn from but not good enough for some Bucs fans.

Makes sense.

71 Responses to “Aaron Donald Admires Bucs Player”

  1. BringBucsBack Says:

    Donald studies McCoy and McCoy studies Beyoncé!?!? Interesting!

    I don’t hate Mc, I only wish he were better; more like Donald. Mc is good, just underwhelming.

  2. OrlandoJoe Says:

    GMC would be unstoppable if there was someone that actually helped him on the line.

  3. Mr. Ed Says:

    Dumbest fans in the NFL. These morons would have run Merlin Olson out of town on a donkey cart.

  4. adambomb418 Says:

    I only wish he was more of a leader and held his teammates accountable.

  5. Drew Says:

    Bring back Bennett and watch McCoy light them up for a 10+ sack season.

  6. doolnutts Says:

    Is it wishful thinking hoping Donald will be available in FA or via trade…

  7. g720 Says:

    Yea, our 2 or 3 constant haters of McCoy who know more than the players and coaches who have to game plan against him. Get Vea next to him next year and watch McCoy show what he can do without being double teamed all game. And also a couple of defensive ends who do more than watch someone else make a play.

  8. Bucs fan #7423 Says:

    Either get GMC some help or get rid of him. No point in paying a one D-lineman all that money and our pass rush still stinks.

  9. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Trade him with his value so high

  10. CT Buc's fan. Says:

    The McCoy haters should switch to watching volleyball or figure skating rather than displaying their ignorance here. McCoy is not perfect but who is? If these haters were the GM how would get someone better than him? Not going to be easy when he’s one of the best at his position on the planet.

    You cannot just have ONE great player on the D-line. If you do, offensive coordinators will figure out how to take him out of the game 90% of the time. McCoy needs his GM to provide LOTS of help. If we turn this position from a weakness into one of the strengths of the team you’ll see the Buc’s get into the playoffs.

  11. Pickgrin Says:

    Nice catch Joe. Pretty telling.

  12. C eh N eh D eh Says:

    Soft Ice Cream…

  13. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    This is very telling Joe.

    I put alot more stock in this than the “Joe asked X coordinator about GMC” because those questions can tend to lead the person into what you what them to say.

    Additionally, while it is good to hear insight into what these ppl think of GMC, players/coaches tend to avoid bashing other players/coaches when asked like this.

    Donald bringing up GMC in an open ended question like that. Huge.

  14. aceinthehole Says:

    What the hell is the Defensive MVP talking about? Didn’t he get the memo that GMC is a cancer? That because he plays on a Tampa team he can’t be any good? That he doesn’t get enough sacks? That he doesn’t elevate the rest of his D-Linemen to be the second coming of the Fearsome Foursome so he must be trash? That he can’t regularly beat triple teams? I mean, this is so obvious to everyone, right Tmax? What the hell does Aaron Donald know about playing D-Tackle, right Tmax?

  15. Joe Blahak Says:

    Soft Ice Cream…with fruit and nuts on top

  16. AC Says:

    Just came to see Tmax comment.. nothing yet so i’ll be back later lol

  17. SB Says:

    Lol Tmaxi……………..Aaron Donald just called you a complete idiotic, imbiecile!

  18. SB Says:

    Lol AC! I won’t be back until after lunch but I will definitely be back.

  19. Joe Says:


    Thank you.

  20. Lamarcus Says:

    Aaron Donald ( a real stud) breaking GMC as added fuel to his fire by GMC silly remarks for his team NOT drafting him.

    Gmc was a doubter of Donald. Blew up in our faces.

  21. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Here is something I just do not understand.

    Tmax trashes everything about the Bucs! Not just GMC but coaches…ownership…pointing out that no FA’s would ever want to come to Tampa and TMAX can tell them why.

    Again everybody is entitled to their opinions even if they’re moronic. But why does anybody come here if they hate the Bucs that much.

    We once had a secretary in our office whose husband rooted for the Patriots in football and the Yankees in baseball. What a freaking front runner!!! I tried to explain that Boston fan and NYC absolutely hate each other and he should pick a city and stick with it.

  22. loggedontosay Says:

    He could be learning what not to do; and if a play works for McCoy, maybe he figures it will work for every DT. You need to answer those questions Joe.

  23. webster Says:

    @ joe

    What you and many of the posters are not understanding is majority of mccoy’s critics do not bash his talent. They bash his drive, his competitveness, his leadership, his ability to raise the talent around him etc. Again, if you have the c on your chest and you let swaggy slack off in your meeting room then that is a problem. Yes mccoy is good but he is no dpoy candidate and he has lost a lot of respect from fans who are talking about things beyond just a swim move and get off. How about mccoy telling swaggy to get off the field if he is going to be lazy? Its not about talent that keeps mccoy from being embrased. Stop trying to make it about talent. Its about impact.

  24. Buc believer Says:

    @Drew so why didn’t he do it the first time Bennet was here?

  25. BigAlbinoDonky Says:

    Donald SHOULD be in Tampa side by side with McCoy learning from him firsthand. Lovie wanted him. But McCoy told his coaches and the world that he wasn’t willing to take one for the team and move around the line if Donald was drafted. So we get an overpaid clown in McCoy who prefers to dance around and be friends with everybody, while getting washed out of the play 90% of the time…instead of the reigning DPOY and most dominant player in the league.

  26. Lamarcus Says:


    Right on man. With Bucs fans wanting a winner but get guys like GMC shoved down our throats and post ” See, he is good” articles from cosigners.


    But everyone around him gets cut or fired. Gtfoh GMC leadership is the problem.

  27. Not there yet Says:

    Only time GMC will light up is when he’s watching Little mermaid. What Donald is talking about is individual which McCoy is really good at being. No one is out of position more than GMC so not sure why you’d watch film on a guy your better than but I guess. GMC team has been beat Donald before

  28. Says:

    GMC is elite. So is Mike Evans.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  29. Mike Johnson Says:

    Of course Donald admires our Defnders. Who..that plays in the NFl would not? Hell, you can..have your way with them, pad your stats and get back on track against these Yucks. And besides, Didn’t the Bucs pass on Aaron Donald?

  30. Lamarcus Says:

    Donald loves watching GMC. No hate. Ok

    But our leader of the 32nd defense loves watching Beyonce dancing for new dance moves!!

    Joe. Wake up!!! Ur favorite player GMC is Dwight Howard of the NFL. Plain and simple

  31. bucs_365 Says:

    tmax strangely silent on this one.

  32. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Good points about GMC not being a ball busting leader and yes Swaggy should have been jerked aside early in the season. Coaches didn’t do it…players didn’t do it…until Swaggys boneheaded penalty at the end of the year.

    Kwon and Jameis finally went off!!! Those are the two leaders…Kwon and Jameis…not GMC or LVD. That’s fine…let Kwon and Jameis do the yelling as long as GMC and LVD continue to play at a high level I’m fine with different leaders.

  33. Rod Munch Says:

    Donald is as close to a Sapp clone as there is out there. I still think last offseason the Bucs should have taken a run at trading for Donald when he was holding out. An interior defense of McCoy and Donald would have been devastating. I think for a couple of 1st the Bucs could have got it done if there was any real heat between Donald and the Rams – and he would have been completely worth it. Would you trade VH3 and OJ for Donald? I’d hate to lose OJ, but I’d make that trade faster than I can type yes, of course everyone with any brain would. I don’t understand why teams don’t go after proven guys like this.

  34. Rod Munch Says:

    If you’re bashing McCoy you’re just a dolt who doesn’t know the game. Literally everyone that isn’t some keyboard warrior fruit says McCoy is a dominant player, including the people he plays against, yet you dummies think he’s no good because he’s not mean enough. GRRRRRRRR….Well just do me a favor and go down the Clearwater pier, then when you get to the end of the pier keep walking until you reach Texas. If you make it that far then turn south and head into Mexico, once there ask the first guy wearing a bandana and holding an AK where you can find El Chapo, just say your name is Sean Penn.

    God bless.

  35. 813bucboi Says:

    intangibles……not talent……

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!

  36. LakeLand Says:

    Aaron Donald is a John Randle clone. They have the same size, speed, quickness, power And they get the same results, sacks, pressures while constantly beating double-teams.

  37. LakeLand Says:

    John Randle wasn’t drafted. But his brother (Erwin Randle) played LB for the Bucs for 6 seasons. His brother got him a tryout with the Bucs. The Bucs said he was too small for a D-Lineman. So they didn’t sign him, but Minnesota signed him.

    The rest is history

    137.5 sacks in 185 starts
    Double-digit sacks, 9 times
    Hall of Fame Inductee

  38. DB55 Says:

    Aaron Donald comes to work with a lunch pail

    McIceCream comes to work in a kimono

    Nuff said!

    Side note: on the positive side Donald only has to study the first qrt of games.

  39. Rod Munch Says:

    LakeLand – He’s more of a Sapp clone, him and Sapp are the height, they have a similar build with Donald being perhaps a bit more slim, but Sapp varied his weight from year to year depending on what he was trying to do that year, so he’d go between like 290 and 305 or so. To me Randle was a bit more of a stand-up player player, also in memory he looked like a bigger, I always thought Randle was like 6-4, but he’s listed at only 6-1. I think he just played against smaller guys so it made him look bigger.

    Anywho many people said Sapp was sort of a Randle clone, personally I didn’t see Sapp in that mold, but I do remember the comparisons back when Sapp was drafted before he became the gold standard.

    In either case Donald is clearly the next great DT in football and has been since his rookie season.

  40. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Just checking to see the TMAXCON comments………….none yet?

    hhhmmmmmmm…….Did JOE ban / suspend him?

    Ever notice you never see Goodell and JOE in the same room at the same time?

  41. AlteredEgo Says:

    ^^^^ beat me to it

  42. BringBucsBack Says:

    DB- That was funny.

    Lakeland- That was depressing.

  43. GhostofSchiano Says:


    Well said Sir, well said.

  44. ATrain Says:


    The funniest article yet

    Like a Used Car salesman selling you a Yugo as a corvette

  45. cmurda Says:

    GhostofSchiano Says:
    February 6th, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Well said Sir, well said.

    Yes, well said! I think McCoy is a generational talent like Donald. In Tampa, McCoy will always be compared to Sapp. His stats aren’t quite where Sapp was but he’s close. It’s not about the stats. It’s about the fact that #99, like him or not, would never ever let a guy like Swaggy half-step on his line. Coaches love a guy like Kwon who is not afraid to call out a guy that’s slacking. Coaches can demand accountability but it means little if the players don’t demand accountability from their peers. McCoy just isn’t that guy. I respect his skills but the C’s should go to Kwon and L David. Winston needs to earn it and McCoy just doesn’t have what it takes to lead.

  46. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    Y’all crazy haters!

  47. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    December 11th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    With your keen eye for talent…I know you’ve seen this kid out of Pitt.

    DT Aaron Donald 6-0½, 281 lbs.

    Sure the kid is small, but Wow.
    Your talking about an out of this world get off..smh.

    You add this kid to our rotation and look out.
    For a minute I was, like meh-next coming of Trevor Laws.
    Then the next minute…your speechless.

  48. Hodad Says:

    Learn from McCoy? That’s funny. One is defensive player of the year, the other, well is Gerry McCoy. Don’t know why you keep trying to pimp McCoy Joe. Half of us think he’s an over rated blow hard, half think he’s the greatest D.T. of all time. It’s like trying to convince Trump lovers, and haters to change their minds about the greatest, or lousiest president of all time.

  49. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    ^^ I went on a 6 month campaign, raving about this kid.

    Some of the post are classic – lol

  50. unbelievable Says:

    I remember that LUV

  51. TheDailyCoroner Says:

    Imagine Aaron Donald playing next to Gerald McCoy!
    NO, the Bucs passed on him to get Mike Evans.
    AND they passed on Luke Kuechly!

  52. TheDailyCoroner Says:

    “And therein lies the rub” , Shakespeare.

  53. Nate Says:

    I was hoping to double up n draft donald even though we needed Mike Evans

    I JUST KNEW what it would do to our defense….but what the he’ll do I know

    I’m just natedubb lol

  54. LakeLand Says:

    The Bucs has a 42 year old history of making dumb moves. This is the reason, why I’m always so down on them.

  55. Rod Munch Says:

    TheDailyCoroner – It’s very very difficult to say the Bucs made the wrong move on drafting Evans, he’s been one of the top WR’s in football since the moment he was drafted. Now Donald is THE best DT in football, but if the Bucs got Donald would they have kept McCoy? Remember Donald is playing with some great high picks on the d-line, that doesn’t take away from his greatness, but if he was in Tampa and teams game planned for him the way they do for McCoy, would he have been the defensive MVP? No. BUT if the Bucs had kept McCoy and had Donald, then wow, that would wreak havoc, but then on offense what the heck are the Bucs doing in 2016, starting Adam Humphries and Charles Sims at WR?

    I love Donald and think he’s great and I wish the Bucs had made a legit offer to try to get him last offseason when he was holding out, but I’m not sure I’d give up Evans because of the make-up of this team and how not having Evans would push back the development of Winston quite a bit. Again that’s not at all to take anything away from Donald.

  56. LakeLand Says:

    Rod Munch

    Mike Evans is 6’5 230 LBS

    He’s one of the worst WRs I have ever seen in YAC.
    Julio Jones and Terrell Owens are the best I have ever seen.
    And ME is bigger than both of them

  57. SB Says:

    Great stuff tonight by Rod and LUV! Sup LUV!!! Hope all is good with ya.

  58. LakeLand Says:

    In 4 seasons Mike Evans YAC
    711 Yards

    Julio Jones 1st 4 Full Seasons YAC
    2,166 Yards

  59. Reach87 Says:

    Me Ed, sad but true for the most part. Sad.

  60. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @SB & unbelievable – Whatz good brothas

  61. Crockett69 Says:

    McCoy is really good. I’m talking really good. Give the man some credit. Better yet, give him some outside help and see what happens……….quit throwing shade on GMC and be a true fan for once.

  62. Crockett69 Says:

    tmax numbnutts and db55 you are truly dbdumb

  63. Crockett69 Says:

    GO BUCS!

  64. yrbndr Says:

    @DB55 You couldn’t break down a POP WARNER game! With each comment you make you add fuel to your ineptitude, you are obviously a troll and you are a flake. Go back to who ever your team’s site is and have your fun.

  65. Pick6 Says:

    doesn’t matter who you are, if you are just one good guy the other team will erase you. in his entire career mccoy has never had a teammate on the D line who would make you pay for doubling him.

  66. John Says:

    Only TMax and DB 55 have negative things to say…well done “Bucs fans”…nothing new from them

  67. John Says:

    DB55 and TMax are clearly eagles fans THIS YEAR

  68. Pick6 Says:

    @Lakeland, so size = YAC? in my experience big guys are are the least likely candidates for YAC, a guy like Julio Jones is the exception. And YAC only matters if you’re not a guy who gets your yards before the catch. Mike Evans 4 years in: 4579 yards. Julio 4 years in: 4330 yards

    to say mike evans was not a good selection just because better players exist in the league at his position stretches credibility. then again, the same is true of saying gerald mccoy was not a good draft pick but that doesn’t stop anybody.

    @luvmybucs, thanks for popping up the comments from that 2014 pre-draft article. always funny to see some old, bold talent & roster evals by some of the online GMs on this website after the fact. and sad to see how universally comfortable people (including me) were to have this team in the experienced hands of Lovie Effing Smith

  69. LakeLand Says:


    He averaged 1.6 YAC, even Todd Monken said it wasn’t nearly enough. My point is at 6’5 230 LBS, you can fall down and average 1.6 yard.

  70. LakeLand Says:

    And Julio Jones only played 49 games during his first 4 seasons. Mike Evans played 61 games.

  71. Tony from Los Angeles Says:

    If ignorance is bliss, why do all the dumbest people on this site sound the angriest?