Gerald McCoy Heartily Endorses Mike Smith

February 6th, 2018

Gerald McCoy hears the Smith bashers

It’s been a rough couple of years for Mike Smith. His 2016 Bucs defense allowed the 17th-most points in the NFL. Not shabby at all. But last year things crashed.

Tampa Bay allowed the 11th-most points in the league.

That’s moving in the wrong direction, and it was complemented by the Bucs giving up the most yards in the NFL … and having the fewest sacks .. and allowing opposing QBs to complete 67.6 percent of their passes … among other troubles.

But it’s status woe quo for last season’s Tampa Bay defensive coaching staff, which is fully intact.

Former Pro Bowl linebacker Bart Scott played under Smith in Baltimore and is a big fan. On WFAN-AM in New York last week, he talked to Gerald McCoy about Smith.

Scott wanted to know what McCoy thinks of him and why he wasn’t pursued as a head coach candidate this year.

“I love Smitty, man,” McCoy said. “The thing about Smitty is he’s straight-forward. He’s going to keep it real with you and he just wants to win. Smitty is a mad scientist, you know, always have great ideas. I look forward to playing for him, continuing to play for him. …

“Our defense wasn’t as good this past year so it’s like [people are saying], ‘Oh, well, maybe he can’t get a group of men to come together.’ No. Listen, the thing about us this year is we just didn’t execute. The players, us as a whole, did not execute well enough, man. Smitty always puts great game plans together. You know how Smitty is (laughs), he’s straight-forward. All he wants to do is win. You tell jokes; you joke with Smitty, and he’ll laugh for half a second and it’s back to business.”

Powerful endorsement there of Smith, who is a good man with a bad defense.

It’s just so hard to comprehend how a team with exceptional linebackers was anemic on the blitz and not very good against the run last year, and Lavonte David only managed one pass breakup all season.

57 Responses to “Gerald McCoy Heartily Endorses Mike Smith”

  1. Buc believer Says:

    Of course one loser endorses another loser what else can you expect?

  2. BucTrooper Says:

    So McCoy admits he was sandbagging and playing like stir-fried dog turds.

  3. Doctor Stroud Says:

    This “endorsement” took a while.

  4. Tom Edrington Says:

    Here’s a “joke for Smitty” and GMC:


  5. Pickgrin Says:

    Mike Smith was awarded NFL coach of the year 3 times in the last 10 years. Anyone who thinks that a bad 2017 season = Smith forgot how to coach or be successful in the NFL is probably being just a tad reactionary.

  6. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Of course he does he told “smitty” he aint moving to DE in the 3-4 and smitty amd koetter agreed, thus keeping the bucs in LOOOOOOSERVILLE

  7. Joe Blahak Says:

    Soft Ice Cream …for a soft defense

  8. Not there yet Says:

    So basically your saying you all sucked for no good reason last year

    I’ve actually just learned this off-season that it’s best to time to gmc out and take nothing he says seriously. So we’re the reports of him complaint about his role and how he was being used a lie? Stupid dude and he just needs to retire and go into show business already. Here’s a walking contradiction

  9. Mike Johnson Says:

    Ohhh Boy-yee!! You know, I’ve defended GMC for quite some time. But its time for him to shut…His Piehole and concentrate on the upcoming season. Enough is enough GMC. If you are not careful..You are gonna be shipped out of town along with Koetter and Smitty after next season.

  10. BigAlbinoDonky Says:

    Of course McCoy likes a coach that lets him dance around like a clown on the field and pretend he’s a comic book character instead of actually getting things done on the field. Players love lack of accountability, especially on a team with a losing culture like the Bucs.

  11. Lamarcus Says:

    GMC was supposed to change his leadership per himself and criticism from pro bowl player. Complacency. Of course he wants Smitty back. No accountability.

  12. Says:

    GMC is elite.
    He is also poised and knows how to make those around him look good in an interview. Hard to read too munch into that.

    GO BUCS…

  13. Bucsfanman Says:

    Have to agree with Mike Johnson on this. He needs to shut up. In fact, everybody needs to shut up. I think we’ve all heard enough lip service! This is football, it’s not rocket science. Just play!

  14. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    How dare you bring up FACTS on an opinion blog. LOL

  15. Rod Munch Says:

    Playing your corners 15 yards off the line of scrimmage on 3rd and 4… I’m not sure I get how that’s good play calling when again and again teams would just throw a 5 yard out and pick up the easy first down. Also playing your corner 15 yards off the line of scrimmage and then showing you’re brining a blitz – that just allows the QB to know his read before the snap and again just toss it to the guy who is wide open since the corners are playing way off the ball. I thought the defensive play calling for the most part was horrific. The Bucs defense gave up the most points per opponent drive – meaning when teams got the ball against the defense they scored, but the Bucs offense actually kept that scoring down by having a good amount of ball control.

  16. adambomb418 Says:

    “Smitty always puts great game plans together.”….So not matching up Julio Jones with Brent Grimes, was a good decision?

  17. Eric Says:

    When asked about the execution of his team, John McKay replied “I am all for it”

    “Just didn’t execute” NS Sherlock.

  18. 813bucboi Says:

    im keeping track of all the excuses or “reasons” why we finished 5-11

    Hard Knocks
    No Bye Week
    Lack of talent
    Dirks 2nd year
    Lack of Pass Rush
    Lack of Run Game
    Winston is still young

    and now its ” Lack of execution”…….keep em coming…..maybe one day we’ll hold people accountable…..

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!…..GO BUCS!!!!!

  19. Rod Munch Says:

    813bucboi – You should keep a list of all the times you say something boring, then after reading the list and realizing you’re a dullard you should do the honorable thing.

    God bless.

  20. Bucsfanman Says:

    You’re going to run out of room 813. They’re not done yet. It was probably an El Nino year!

  21. Mike Johnson Says:

    Somebody here said it beautifully. Thanks Lamarcus. NO ACCOUNTABILITY. Why wouldn’t you luv Mike Smith huh? He sets way up on his perch in the pressbox. You don’t have to face him on the field with your No Defense playing. So, you just say to yourself, Its OK. Smitty ain’t here. I’ll see him in team meeting come Monday. Everybody loves Mike Smith. Players and opposition.

  22. 813bucboi Says:


    you’ve made up 1/4 of the list!!!!!…..truth hurts huh…..keep em coming!!!!!

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!…..GO BUCS!!!!!

  23. 813bucboi Says:

    Mike Johnson Says:
    February 6th, 2018 at 3:51 pm
    Somebody here said it beautifully. Thanks Lamarcus. NO ACCOUNTABILITY.


    maybe folks like rod can try defining accountability because they sure as hell don’t know what it is…..never seen, heard or smelled accountability…..SMDH….

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!…..GO BUCS!!!!

  24. Rod Munch Says:

    813bucboi – Aren’t you the dope that was saying you are what your record says you are and then I pointed out the Bucs went 9-7 last season and yet they weren’t 9-7 this season, didn’t you then you drop that boring tagline? You’re a bore – a dullard, the type of person that reads a bumper sticker and repeats it to others like it was your own original thought. That’s you. LOL!

  25. LakeLand Says:

    The Bucs defense was doomed before the season started. When Jason Licht refused to address the needs on the Defensive Front and the Secondary.

  26. DB55 Says:


    If he so good why did he get fired? Why did the owner say he def was soft? Why come the next 2 yrs after his departure the ATL def looked far from soft even with Adrian Clayborn as the starting DE? Why come ATL been to Super Bowl and P.O. since Mike Smith “coach of the year” left ATL?

    Why come huh huh, Inquirying minds want to know?

    And I agree with the rest of the comments: Birds of a feather flock together. McIceCream ran of Schiano with the same gumption except he was saying (crying crying) we already knows he cries a lot ” this guy is a meanie and he yells at us I want him fired”.

  27. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Maybe that’s the problem. We have a player friendly coach (Raheem Morris) and what we need is a Bill Cowher – Bill Parcells type. The one where when the player messes up on the field as they come off the field they stare at the ground afraid to look in the direction of the coach, and they know that the coach is burning holes right through them. Haven’t seen that style of coaching in years, that is more than accountability, it is expectations. The coach establishes his expectations and then enforces them in practice, so the player adheres to them during the game. Koetter and Smitty are clueless.

  28. GhostofSchiano Says:

    LakeLand Says:

    February 6th, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    The Bucs defense was doomed before the season started. When Jason Licht refused to address the needs on the Defensive Front and the Secondary.

    Oh yes he did…..he brought in that superstar Baker….LOL!

  29. LakeLand Says:

    Chris Baker is a 3-4 DE. He made a lot of plays for Washington at that position. But he’s not a 4-3 NT, the Bucs would have been better, if they had re-signed Akeem Spence.

  30. BringBucsBack Says:

    Yup…and I heartily endorse testicular piercings!

  31. darin Says:

    Really? Are you talking about Sporting News head coach of the year? A magazine gave smitty it every other year for a bit, good for him. The thing is he is not a head coach now. Id feel much better if smith was the hc and dirk was o coordinator. Smith isnt a terrible game and clock manager. He has not been a good d coordinator here tho. So youre saying he didnt forget how to be a head coach? Not sure why that matters here in tampa.

  32. ndog Says:

    Im sorry not dealing with Chris Baker from day one is too much for me to over come and say Mike Smith did a good job last year. It was clear the players either don’t respect him, listen to him, trust him, or want to play for him. There is no way a team that respects their leader or wants that leader to succeed allows a pier to do the things that both Baker and Ward did this year. Everyone knows I am a Winston guy but we did not have players acting on offense the way the did on defense. I believe that is mainly they believe in their leader being Jameis so much so they are willing to get suspended to defend him even when he was in the wrong (which I don’t think we was BTW). But Baker/Ward said and did whatever they wanted to all year long which lead a very undisciplined defense both in execution and effort. The problem I have with Mike Smith and his staff is that he knew he did not have any players stepping up and holding their peers accountable and he still did nothing to stop it. That is a clear sign of poor coaching and cannot be overlooked.

  33. 813bucboi Says:


    what the hell are you talking about?… make no sense…lol….

    boy, you can really tell who the excuse makers are!!!!!….glad their showing their ugly heads(rod munch)….lol….

    you are what your record says you are…..your the dumbass that kept saying the bucs were 9-7 last year…..ok that’s all fine and dandy…but what about this season(2017)….that’s when you spewed out every excuses under the sun…..

    this staff has underachieved point blank period……luckily 2018 will be the last year they underachieve…..

    your the dumb ass who keeps talking about 2016….which has proven to be a fluke season…..

    but I guess im the only one that uses the phrase” you are what your record says you are”…..ok…right….

    I got my pen and paper for the next excuse you make……keep em coming….

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!!

  34. 813bucboi Says:

    AND THE WINNER IS:…..NDOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NDOG SAYS: The problem I have with Mike Smith and his staff is that he knew he did not have any players stepping up and holding their peers accountable and he still did nothing to stop it. That is a clear sign of poor coaching and cannot be overlooked.



    you see that comment right there…..ACCOUNTABILITY…..research it….learn it….practice it……it could help you once you become a man……

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!!…..GO BUCS!!!!!!

  35. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    The question is, has Licht heard all of the McCoy bashers? I’m real about GMC and see him for what he is: not a HOFer but a very good DT who will get you 8 sacks a year and plenty of tackles for loss. He’s not the firey leader and he talks about himself way too much, but he’s a top 5-10 DT in terms of play. I don’t expect him to be Sapp, that’s like the Jameis bashers expecting perfection every play. What I will say is that maybe Licht should explore trading GMC while he’s got something left in the tank. Belichick does this all of the time and it usually works out. I’d like McCoy to stay, but we might still be able to get a high pick ( and don’t put words in my mouth. I mean a late first to Rd 3, not a high first rounder) and start rebuilding the D line for the future. If we could get a second round pick for him, I’d jump on that.

  36. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “Powerful endorsement there of Smith, who is a good man with a bad defense.” You’ve got me skittish now Joe, I’m not sure how to take that given your past criticisms of Smitty. ‘Good man with a bad defense?” Is that anything like ‘Smitty is a decent DC who the Bucs’ GM gave close to zero support to’? I could buy that. This defense isn’t even remotely close; needs a major rework. Compare any of the top-performing 2017 defenses with our Bucs’ defense, position group by position group, and our defense is underwhelming (being kind there).

    And BTW, that includes our LB corps. Yes it is our best position group, but it’s not nearly as good as you tout it to be. Beckwith’s a rookie, and he played like a rookie (ups and downs), plus he’s playing out of position (he’s a MLB, not an outside LB). Kwon isn’t the super-charged leader that you continually make him out to be … too many ‘mistakes’ (not getting off blocks, biting on misdirections too easily, etc) plus he’s also playing out of position (he’s not as good as a MLB as you make him out to be Joe, but he would probably be awesome on the outside). Lavonte is a beast … great instincts, but my gut tells me he’s being used to cover up for other players’ weaknesses, instead of being allowed to ‘roam free’. This Bucs’ defense has a LONG way to go to get back to the glory days.

  37. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Not hard to imagine at all, Joe. When you have almost nothing everywhere else, the linebackers can’t get to the QB.

    Not only were the DEs horrible at getting sacks, but they were horrible at blocking for the blitzers.

    Simple as that.

  38. Bobby M. Says:

    McCoy is a company guy…..he’s smart and wants to cash premium checks. The dude never is negative about anyone….not Raheem….not Schiano….not Lovie….not Smitty. That’s not his style and to be frank, most players aren’t going to bad mouth coaches because those coaches could make or break you landing on another roster. The guys that hang around the league for extended careers understand the professionalism that comes with being a player.

    Now….with that being said…..does McCoy chirp “off the record” to particular media outlets. Possibly…and that’s probably why nobody criticizes him. He’s a pro’s pro at all aspects of pro football.

  39. cmurda Says:

    @Rod. It seemed Smitty, a man that has never coached a good defense, always had his corners 15 yards off of receivers. The few times Smitty brought the corners up and pressed, amazingly they blanketed the receivers. The problem is he typically only did that when he blitzed and the opposing RB or TE were wide open as the blitz got nowhere near the QB. Insanity is doing the same thing and continuing to fail. All I have heard about is how complicated Smitty’s defense is but all I see is a predictable defense that other QB’s also find predictable. I know Smitty’s a good dude and I have absolutely nothing against the guy away from the field, but I think he stinks like my Great Danes turd piles at coaching a defense.

  40. Rod Munch Says:

    813bucboi – I think you’re confused about things, I don’t actually play nor coach the team, thus it’s impossible for me to hold the players and coaches “accountable”. Glad I could clear that up, maybe now that you better understand the situation you’ll say less boring things.

    We’re all praying for you.

    God bless.

  41. Rod Munch Says:

    cmurda – Agreed, the guy seems to just not be able to figure it on defense. He was a good head coach and it’s disappointing they don’t promote him so he can directly help Dirk run the team and then hire a real DC.

  42. Pickgrin Says:

    Seems I am one of the few Bucs fans who thinks there’s a more than reasonable chance that the efforts of GM Licht and Coach Mike Smith could result in a greatly improved Buccaneers Defense in 2018.

    We shall see won’t we…

  43. 813bucboi Says:

    Sign Malcom Butler!!!!…. Houston and DeAndre Hopkins are already recruiting him!!!!…

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!…..GO BUCS!!!!!

  44. Rod Munch Says:

    Indy needs a coach, maybe they’ll come calling for Smith.

  45. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Dimitroff and the Falcons traded away FIVE draft picks to get Julio Jones.

    Obviously now that they’re through the suffering that caused they’re more than happy with JJ.

    But it gutted their draft for a couple of years and it really damaged them creating an obvious lack of talent on the defensive side of the ball. Basically the JJ draft swap cost Smitty his job.

  46. DB55 Says:

    Fair! But it’s an excuse nevertheless.

  47. 813bucboi Says:

    Call for Smitty…. They already have a lousy defense….. Their trying to get better….

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!

  48. LakeLand Says:

    The Falcons defensive problems started when John Abraham left.

  49. LakeLand Says:

    I have never seen a good defense that didn’t have a pass rush. You can have good Linebackers, good secondary players. But they are nothing without that pass rush. The Falcons should have had someone in position to replace John Abraham. Smart teams keep good pass rushers.

  50. Crockett69 Says:

    It’s gonna be alright. Sure this year sucked. Let us see how 2018 season plays out. I’m talking me (old fart) and the old lady season ticket holders for 7 years and have been vested since Vinny Interceptaverde was drafted at the old sombrero. Come on boys….let’s stick with the game plan. We were really close on most games. For once let’s see some sunshine thrown towards the Joes……………….

  51. Crockett69 Says:

    Just once……..

  52. Crockett69 Says:

    Lakeland you are true to that point…………we desperately need EDGE

  53. Dan Says:

    Same Coach Same GM Same qb same record 5-11

  54. Crockett69 Says:

    Enough said Mr. Bobby. Nough said…

  55. RustyRhinos Says:

    So “we” fans want the coaches to go because they can not make adjustments during the game, yet nearly every defensive player says the same things, it was not the coaching it was “us” players who did not execute the plays called. So who is to say that the coaches didn’t make in game adjustments and the players just did not execute them? This is sounding like a broken record. When do we hold the players accountable? Are they not the ones on the field hearing the plays called and th n executing these called plays? But our coach.. Our GM…. Our owners… When do we ever get to the players?
    Go Bucs!

  56. SOEbuc Says:

    GM SOE:

    Draft Vea and pay a big money DE that dline just went worst to first.

    Noah?/Gholston+ Vea/McDonald +GMC + $$DE/Ayers?/Clarke

    CB Mike Hughes in the second.


  57. RustyRhinos Says:

    Forgive my previous rant, I know Players do get held accountable every seasons end and Coaches and GMs all face the ax. Due to poor performance in their field. I just finished hauling a Fifthwheel from Macon Ga, to Charleston, SC. And me nerves were are Still a bit