Gerald McCoy’s Apology To Ben Roethlisberger

September 25th, 2018

Forget whether you think this was a bad look or not, Joe thinks it’s realistic to believe Gerald McCoy’s in-game apology helped draw a 15-yard penalty on the himself and the Bucs last night.

In a terribly officiated Bucs-Steelers game, McCoy received one of four roughing the passer penalties handed out.

Mic’d up for the game, McCoy was caught apologizing for his late hit on Ben Roethlisberger in the end zone. “My fault, Ben! Hey, my fault, Ben.” You can watch the film with audio below.

Pay attention and it’s easy to see that McCoy yells, “My fault, Ben” before the official throws the flag. So Joe has to wonder whether McCoy’s apology cost the Bucs 15 yards. Hey, the zebras are human and can be influenced. It certainly was a borderline hit.

Joe’s got no problem with McCoy apologizing, but damn, at least wait until the play is over. Joe realizes lots of fans will see this video and see evidence that McCoy is soft and lacking what he needs to reach his potential. Whatever, McCoy haters.

Ironically, Jason Pierre-Paul goes to argue the call as McCoy is apologizing for the second time.

122 Responses to “Gerald McCoy’s Apology To Ben Roethlisberger”

  1. Geno Says:

    Got to be honest. Have seen all the McCoy haters on this site and always thought they were being ridiculously harsh on one of our best players.

    But seeing that highlight this morning and how quick he apologized before the flag, I thought maybe they have something correct about him.

    I certainly hated him there.

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    It’s okay…cause after that he disappeared for the rest of the game anyways.

    I know that…never…happens.

  3. gilhealy Says:

    That’s what I’m saying, Geno. I took a lot of the shade thrown at McCoy with a grain of salt. But last night was eye opening.

  4. AlteredEgo Says:

    More telling was his mic’d bench pep talk gibberish… he is a very good player but is not really a leader of any sort on or off the field… just his personality…. don’t hold it against him…too bad he has never been surrounded by more JPP types

  5. Brad Says:

    Can’t we trade this ass clown already. Or even cut his ass. Would it be that hard to give up 75% passing with out him? First it was Raheem, then Lovie, now Smith. I will say, they all seemed inept. It never seems to be our $18 million dollar man in the middle though. Somehow the general had a half decent D at times.
    Did anyone else see him get steamrolled when we punted back to them on Connors first run to end the game.

  6. D-Rome Says:

    I have no issues with the apology at all. That is who he is, and he’s 100x the man any of the haters will ever amount to be. If you hate Gerald McCoy, you don’t have a problem with him. You have a problem with yourself.

    What I thought the apology highlighted is that it is impossible for blitzers to hit QBs any differently when they have momentum going their way. There was nothing wrong with McCoy’s hit. It wasn’t malicious or done with ill intent. He knew he couldn’t stop.

  7. Etzel Says:

    Not a McCoy hater by any means. But I was definitely thinking about them, when they cut to the sideline view of him “Mic’d Up” and he was talking all types of jive about “having fun” while we were down 30-10.

  8. Brad Says:

    This is eye opening? Do you gays have a clue what you’re watching? He rarely does anything!!! For years now

  9. Etzel Says:

    I do agree that his salary could be better allocated to more valuable positions though.

  10. johnnybuc Says:

    that play was so weird to me … i mean he was apologizing before he even hit him.. don’t think it means anything because mccoy is a good player but damn sure sapp wasn’t doing anything close to that. just can’t help but think that shows some of the soft mentality that exists throughout the defense ..

  11. Easy Says:

    McCoy haters will miss him when he’s gone. I know I sure will.

  12. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    He is who we thought he was, the best is Booger saying he wouldnt of said that, take gmc off this defense what does it become the worst defense in the NFL? newsflash it has been the worst in the NFL the past 3 years

  13. gilhealy Says:

    I didn’t see any Steelers apologizing after laying out Fitz.

  14. Edjustshootmebucsfan Says:

    So a man takes responsibility for his actions, and that makes him soft?

  15. Buc1987 Says:

    I’ll keep saying it. When this guy retires. No one outside of the Tampa Bay area will even remember he played DT in the NFL.

    Mention his name in some cities now…. while he’s playing….see if they know who he is.

    Yah I know top 100 list and pro bowls and all that jazz.

    We’ve heard it all before. He’ll be easily forgotten.

  16. Mike Johnson Says:

    Buc fans are ridiculous. Trade McCoy aye? Then who you got? Gerald plays hard guys. He cannot change the kind of person he is. Neither can you change who you are. Actually nothing was lost here. He did what he did and played hard the very next play. The D line played OK on Monday. It was our secondary that looked like High Schollers.

  17. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Lee Roy Selmon helped quarterbacks up after crushing them. That’s fine with me. But I don’t think he ever spoke to them. Or anybody during the game.

  18. AlteredEgo Says:

    Bruce Smith commented about that apology pre hit , on the radio today Dan Patrick Show, and he chuckled and said he would have never said that… although he did help up QB’s he knocked down he had respect for

  19. kelley rose Says:

    im not a GMC hatter. but come on man. they were hitting Fitz every chance they could and they were not sorry whats wrong with this guy. this is football not volley ball hit him and mean it.they made our qb uncomfortable and big ben was not. i saw a clip of GMC telling quan that he loved to play with him because no matter what was going on as far as the game(at this point we were down 20 points) that they both played and still had fun. thats not an exact quote but that was the jest of it. led me to believe he did not have a passion for winning just playing. wtf.

  20. Buc1987 Says:

    Mike Johnson Says:

    “Buc fans are ridiculous. Trade McCoy aye? Then who you got?”

    You wouldn’t notice him gone.

  21. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Some of you are just plain stupid. I’m sorry, but it’s true. For you to say he disappears is just plain stupid. He is constantly creating pressure. Not sure if you’ve noticed, but our secondary is the worst in the NFL. I’m not just saying it, it’s statistically true. We are giving up like 80% completion percentage. What does that tell you? Guess how many sacks Aaron Donald has so far this year? Zero. Is he disappearing too? The position is one that doesn’t get noticed, especially not to people who don’t know anything about football. Funny, those of you that criticize him and compare him to Sapp probably didn’t even watch Sapp. Sapp had games where he “disappeared” as well. It’s not a position that normally gets a lot of stats. Since you clearly are stupid, there’s no way any of you can process that information. Instead, you will just continue to give your stupid opinion that is the complete opposite of EVERYONE else who actually gets paid to scout, play, or coach football.

    As for the apology, that flag had nothing to do with it. They were throwing flags all night, and although it wasn’t a hard hit, it was definitely a step late. These guys do not want to hurt each other.

  22. Dooshlarue Says:


    …….And if you find yourself apologizing for the Soft Clown…. you don’t have a real grasp on reality.
    He’s a joke.

  23. Ray Rice Says:

    That MF is a disgrace to every beast DL that has stepped foot onto Raymond James grass. No BALLS. This MF reminds me of Jack Tripper when he played the dad in the movie Problem Child. He’s all about having fun. Soft serve coming right up.

  24. Ryan McGregor Says:

    I willing to bet Gruden would give up a few 1st round picks for this guy right about now…. too bad we didn’t offer McCoy plus a couple picks for Mack when we had the chance. It’s a Bucs life!

  25. Ray Rice Says:

    MF you apologize for stepping on someone’s foot accidentally at a mall. Or when hitting someone accidentally with your shopping cart a a super market. Or accidentally spilling your drink on someone. Etc… But MF you don’t apologize for knocking someone on their as$$$ in a football game. Aunt Geraldine please go home.

  26. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    That was a terrible call, and an even worse sound bite. McCoy is a good player and a great dude. But if you want to be elite in this game you have to play with your hair on fire and angry. The great Derrick Brooks is probably one of the best human beings on the planet, but he struck FEAR into offenses that had to play him on Sundays.

  27. SOEbuc Says:


    GMC what? 290 lbs? Big Ben is what? 250 lbs? That was a clean sack and it’s impossible not to use all your body weight to take him down.

    NFL wants them to be able to make more Tom Brady’s throwing to ABs for ratings and owners don’t want their Aaron Rogers money QBs not getting hurt. Why college football is so much better these days. Billion dollar NCAA doesn’t pay student athletes a dime so they don’t have to worry about big time lawyers coming after them later.

  28. SOEbuc Says:

    *Aaron Rogers money QB getting hurt

  29. DB55 Says:

    Lmao….slooooooooow….but wtfdik I’ve said it before Geraldini should be a offensive tackle bc his maturing side is off the hook.

    What DT have you EVER heard of apologizing to a qb much less as he is hitting him.

    Lmao, next you guys are going to tell me Fitz should start over Winston. Lmao


  30. Bucnjim Says:

    Can’t believe everyone who calls out Mike Smith will not include McCoy in the conversation. You know the only thing consistent with the Bucs terrible D IS McCoy! Everyone who supports McCoy was telling me watch him dominate now that he has support. Last night he cost us 15 yard penalty and whiffed on a sack that would have gotten the Bucs the ball back with two minutes left. JPP is making him look extremely average which most of us already knew. How about a discussion on that missed game changing sack.

  31. adam from ny Says:

    this was absolutely sad at see – especially when the steelers were taking it to us hardcore with an old school style of bruising play, that was borderline dirty as per the new rules…gerald is lucky that conte made one of the most embarrassing plays of the year, and in bucs history, to upstage him playing possum to big ben…his mindset is actually a bit sad and that’s why he is not a warren sapp on the field…his mental make up is just simply not there, and after 9 years obviously never will be

  32. Buc4life7878 Says:

    Unfortunately I have a feeling Mr. softy will retire a buc….

  33. AlteredEgo Says:

    Tmax .

  34. adam from ny Says:

    “umm mu fault ben…my fault ben…please don’t let little ole me take you and your team out of your rhythm”

  35. OneBucPerson Says:

    I get it, Gerald is a nice guy and a class act. However, can he PLEASE leave that till after the game? Can someone tell the man it’s okay to be an A-hole during games? Honestly last night was an awful game for GMac, dude needs to toughen up and act like one of the best D-linemen in the league.

  36. DB55 Says:

    Ray ray

    Where have you been bruh?

  37. SOEbuc Says:

    There’s a lot of jokes and good sportsmanship on the field. Guys on other teams helping players up, former team mates messing around, guys you’ve played against for years like Big Ben. I don’t care if he apologizes after he just put him on his a$$ (legally) the play before.

  38. adam from ny Says:

    that is not the way you keep a dude’s head on a swivel as to where you’re coming from next…for real

  39. D the Bucs fan Says:

    Trade him like the patriots do their aging pro bowlers. Ie Richard Seymour. Get something for him clear up cap room get some fresher more relentless legs in there. He is too talented to allow himself to be single blocked by any one.

  40. Warrenfb12 Says:

    Guy is a sally. U hear him on mike’d up? Oh doesn’t matter what it looks like, we are just having fun out there. What a loser. Losing mentality.

  41. BucEmUp Says:

    I have never had much of an issue with McCoy polite ways until last GROW SOME BALLS MAN YOUR JOB IS TO HIT HIM HOLY CRAP!!!

  42. Bucnjim Says:

    Also was that stupid knock down early in the game the reason he couldn’t secure the late game sack which was an extremely weak attempt.

  43. Phillip Says:

    So he’s soft because he could have potentially concussed a HoF QB?

    These guys are playing a violent game and injuries are apart of it but outside of dirty players most don’t want to injure their fellow NFL brotherhood.

    I’m convinced if the Bucs went 16-0 and won the Super Bowl you would have the same bunch here complaining about something.

  44. Cgmaster Says:

    That bothered me, but not as much as his pep talk on the sideline. This dudes talking about having fun, while we were getting our asses kicked. He is just who he is, a very good but not great player.

  45. Buc1987 Says:

    Phillip….I don’t see it as a violent game at all anymore.

  46. Ndog Says:

    You guys just don’t get it. It takes a certain mindset to be great and this dude is talented ad heck but he just doesn’t have IT.

  47. FreeTheSecretWeapon Says:

    I will say this as an avid nice guy that finishes last….

    Your Pu#!y A*s Mot#”÷r F*$ker B!$&ch A$$ N*==er is soft A#s F%@k ON THIS PLAY…

    Next time please include an “I’ll get ya next time” and I could defend ya…


  48. FreeTheSecretWeapon Says:

    Or say, “Holly Bat Farts, Didnt mean to knock you into a.Bennder, Ben”


    Didnt deserve a call REGARDLESS OF the “Human Element.”



  49. BigMacAttack Says:

    It was beyond stupid what McCoy did. He tries to hard to be nice and values himself more than the team. Trade him to the Steelers for LeVeon Bell. McCoy will never change. He lacks killer instinct, unlike JPP.

  50. FreeTheSecretWeapon Says:

    *…….. TheFootball…..”IQ”

    This is why we need JW back….

    We need the QB KILLA mentality…. We need to EAT these W’s RAW….

    F the critics….. EAT LIKE AMERICANS….

  51. Bird Says:

    I was at game last night. Exciting game. Unfortunately we came up short. Love the fight in this team.

    I am watching game now on DVR

    ChrIs Godwin lost the game for the Bucs. Simple as that.

    The joes are making Fitzpatrick look bad so their scary love affair can be back next week. Pretty childish if you ask me. Two of the INTs were tipped. Even the pick six was tipped. That long ball to mike Evans was a thing of beauty. Chris Godwin dropping td before half really hurt the tide of game. There were other drops too. He could have throw for 500 and 4td

    Players that looked good: Justin Evans , mike Evans balled out. Carlton Davis played well for a rook

    Players that stunk: Brent grimes played pretty bad and should have had pick. Mj Stewart got picked on. Chris Godwin killed them. Chris conte may have played last game as buc

    Holding penalty on desean Jackson was heart breaking . Let’s see how online plays against bears . They had bad game. Ok in pass protection but terrible in run. We need to use short screens like the Steelers used

  52. Rod Munch Says:

    The ref couldn’t have heard that – and it didn’t matter, the fix was in. Notice in the last few mins of the games the Steelers had two flags thrown on them – both were picked up with no penalty. You’re going to tell me the Bucs get that benefit of the doubt twice? Give me a break. The NFL can’t have a team like Pittsburgh, with a bunch of prime-time games schedule, falling to 0-2-1.

  53. Phillip Says:

    So players who are retiring afte their rookie seasons or a couple years into their deals and having to payback their signing bonus for Sh1ts and giggles then? Smh

    The hits while aren’t geared towards the head as much because of penalties, fines, and ejections (and rightfully so) are just as violent if not worse.. These dudes are bigger, faster, and stronger than any players in the 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s. The impact they create is much greater but because they are penalized more people think the game is softer. Nah they just don’t want people killing their families and themselves because of a brain injury while playing a game.

  54. SOEbuc Says:


    “We need to use short screens like the Steelers used”

    You are aware of who our HC is, right? Not a short screen play in that f*cking playbook. I’ve been observing this since Koetter got here and always throw my beer at the TV when we run the classic Doug Martin into a brick wall and not using screens.

  55. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Wasn’t there another penalty on that play that was declined?

  56. Ryan McGregor Says:

    We just signed S Andrew Adams

  57. Joel Says:

    One arm tackle on last play was pathetic. Typical McCoy.

  58. Joel Says:

    Neutral zone infraction was declined.

  59. Bucnjim Says:

    Do you think those blitzing Steeler players were kissing Fitzpatrick on the cheek way down. They had him dancing around which was their game plan.

  60. Bucnjim Says:

    Just in case you have never played football they are actually screaming obscenities in his ear instead of sorry dude sorry man!

  61. SOEbuc Says:



    You think these rookies getting $500,000 or Aaron Rogers for $130 million aren’t going to put their signature down in a second???

    If they don’t want to, f#ck ’em. No reason the NFL couldn’t do this, they just don’t want their multi million dollar QBs to be injured. QBs are players of the game just like any other but it’s extremely rare for a Fitz or Tom Brady #2 as a back up keeping their ratings and sales up.

  62. Rod Munch Says:

    SOEbuc – What’s interesting is that in Atlanta, Dirk was mainly known for running screens, mainly bubble screens to the WRs, into the ground. Now suddenly there isn’t a screen to be found in the playbook. Very odd. You’d think a bubble screen to D-Jax would be a staple of the offense – but that’s not the case. Not sure why that is.

  63. Lamarcus Says:

    Gmc is garbage

    I wasn’t going to waisted my time with this post because really there is nothing to see here. Gmc is reason why we suck and always have been on defense

    Mentally weak. Gmc fanboys got the nerve to defend this clown because of his probowl status. Newsflash probowl accolades doesn’t get u a sack when u need it the most.

    Bad times for Conte and GMC lovers

  64. ATrain Says:

    To play DLine in the NFL you have to want to knock people over and tackle hard

    No one said stomp someone when the play is over but play with a little

    Heck even some ex players have called him out for this

    Talent Yes

    Plays up to his level No

  65. SOEbuc Says:

    GMC has 1.5 sacks through the first two games. Would be 2.5 if he hadn’t gotten Clay Matthews’d. Shut your yaps. We’re going into game four and our first round, 330 lbs man beast DT will hopefully be lined up next him this week. It’s only gonna make GMC game better. Really love to see GMC get 10+ sacks and then see what all your comments of him being soft are. Keep the faith bandwagoners. GO BUCS!

  66. Lamarcus Says:


    U proving me right. How come u need Vita next to him to make a so called all pro tackle better? Isn’t he good right now? He needs help to be good? Or better? Gftoh

  67. SOEbuc Says:


    “Talent Yes

    Plays up to his level No”

    Talent: Yes
    Bucs ever given him any other talent before now on the dline: No

  68. Architek Says:

    It’s always on national stage these guys embarrass themselves…

  69. Frank Pillow Says:

    Joe, that’s a reach- the flags were flying all night and all weekend long, especially where QBs were concerned. You could just as easily argue that McCoy was keenly aware of this and was hoping to mitigate a flag-drop by not demonstrating bad-intent via his apology. If there was one single moment that defined Gerald’s time in a Bucs uniform it was the sack-whiff at the end of the game (note too the massive hold on Curry that didn’t get called on that play allowing Ben to step up into the pocket).

  70. DB55 Says:

    4th qrt, game on the line, McIceCream is dropping back into coverage. Smh why?

    Good thing that guy from NEW YORK CITY is here in the Deep South to show some of youz how the game is supposed to be played.

  71. Bird Says:

    Just wanting to add one more time. Two of the INTs including the pick six were tipped balls

    Fitzpatrick had two drops in end zone.

    The joes are using train wreck and meltdown to describe Fitzpatrick. I really think you guys only care about one person and not the team. Shame shame shame.

    It was cool to see all the fans with beards at the game. Maybe you should support the starting qb instead of bashing him like you have been doing. That game was exciting as hell. Fitz never gave up. You can see his teammates got his back.

    To bad you guys don’t.

  72. Phillip Says:


    You just stated another reason why they are so protected as well. It hurts the overall quality of the league and the fan appeal when your starting QB usually goes down. They also have an injury guarantee but that doesn’t stop the possibility of hurting themselves or their families in the future? It’s not just the NFL that is changing. The NBA, MLB, NHL, and Soccer have made changes recently to avoid the head trauma as well. These guys are more athletic than ever and the only way to prevent some injuries is to go a little overboard on the rules. You didn’t see the same amount of insane catches back then like you do nowadays as these guys are legit freaks out there(just an example). Jordy Nelson clocked the fastest MPH last weekend and he’s 32? That’s insane


    So because GMC said sorry means he wasn’t trying or do you actually have a point? Is it because you don’t have family that could be hurt by this so as long as you are entertained you don’t care? FYI I did play ball and multiple sports. I also apologized when I had questionable collisions but okay

  73. SOEbuc Says:


    Wow! Have you ever played the game or even watched? They’re not called good d-lines because of one player you dink. GMC has been the only player that was double teamed every game for his entire career. Now you have to worry about two huge guys that also need to be double teamed and Vinny Curry who’s been playing well, then yes, that will help you use more strength and speed and get through holes to get to the QB/RB. Pretty simple.

  74. Lamarcus Says:


    Fitz was horrible and played a major role in the lost. Those ints sanked us deep and garbage time brought him back. As in AZ of last year. Same thing. Fitz was JW all over again. We only have a pass attack. I’m sold to this. Pass attack only and if that doesn’t work like getting turnovers this Bucs team is screwed 100 percent of the time!

  75. ATrain Says:


    What is your excuse for him now

  76. Bird Says:


    Yah. Who cares what you have to say. Still snorting those crushed up paint chips?

  77. SOEbuc Says:

    “GMC has been the only player that was double teamed every game for his entire career.”

    *since he got here

  78. T REX Says:

    I like Mccoy but he’s been on some bad defenses

  79. Lamarcus Says:


    Go watch. Gmc has a quick first step and stops penetration and starts paddy caking with camp meat lineman.

    Stop with “he is playing well” thing. I don’t think so. Defense is swish cheese. No one really stands out and I do blame that scheme they play. It’s when u miss a simple tackle in crutch time when your team need it the most. He blew the play that could of got that monkey off his back. That is all on him

  80. Realbucfan941 Says:

    Who cares what he said to him he got pressure on him idiots. Would you rather him be like Conte? Say nothing and get beasted as Ayers would say? So it was odd. Who cares he got in his grill with a bum bicep. Maybe Worthey should start instead right? As long as he yells yo MF I’m gonna bust your arse as he gets blocked out of the play. You dumb fs can’t separate emotion from rational thinking. Just like the clan of women I work with….

  81. Lamarcus Says:

    Fitz was terrible and should of got bench. He lost control of the game and obviously not a starter. It was a blown out. Too deep of a hole. Bench him and play JW. He doesn’t get rattled like that against hard hitting AFC Notth teams who come to your house and beat the crap out of you.

    At one point I thought Fitz was going to say hell with it and retire at halftime…

  82. Lamarcus Says:

    Now like I said before. Gmc should of been traded along time ago and is costing us games. Gmc is having fun losing. Come on guys. Wake up!!

  83. FortMyersDave Says:

    Man, I hope GM gets the chance to apologize after a few sacks and strips of Trubisky next Sunday but being a lifelong Buc fan I fear that the mediocre Bear,s QB will look like Kurt Warner and the 1999 Rams against Mikey Smiths below average D……….

  84. gotbbucs Says:

    He is what we thought he was.

    Icecream Man.

    How in the name of God does he have the presence of mind to apologize for a hit mid play before he even makes it? Every past and present defensive player in the history of the game puked in their mouth a little bit on that play.
    Even nice guy Bruce Smith said in a radio interview today that he never apologized to a QB after a hit, he would help them up just to let them know that he would be continuing this conversation with them again shortly.
    Could you imagine Warren Sapp or John Randle apologizing to someone mid play?

    HE APOLOGIZED TO THE QB BEFORE HE EVEN HIT HIM…..let that sink in. It’s no wonder this defense has been so weak minded collectively since this clown got there. He’s on the sideline preaching about having fun while losing in a primetime Monday Night Football game.

  85. gambelero Says:

    I saw it differently. I thought that offering to help Ben up might influence the ref in our favor. Everybody likes good sportsmanship. You see in regular football when a guy fouls hard, then helps the guy up in hopes of avoiding a booking.

  86. Realbucfan941 Says:

    Who care what he said you dumb fs. He at least got in his grill with a bum biceps!! Would you rather him be like Conte and get beasted, like Ayers would say?! What, you’d rather Worthey start instead and say hey MF ers I’m coming for your a$$ then get blocked out of the play? You idiots really can’t separate emotion from rational thinking, like the flock of women I work with…

  87. SOEbuc Says:


    I can appreciate and respect your thoughts and believes, I’m not going to argue with you about that. But I feel this has a lot to do with money and not just safety. If it’s about player safety then it would be flag football, which it is getting close to becoming. These billionaire owners and the NFL they invest so much money and they can’t afford to have All-Stars go down because that’s a guarantee of sales and ratings going down. Rogers is out for the year in game one and a garbage rookie is starting= lot less GB TV ratings and sales go down this year. Why is there TONS LESS flags thrown and not four roughing the passer flags in the NCAA? Because it’s one big multi-billion dollar corp. that can afford to losing one or two good QBs for the year because there’s top-25 other teams and God knows how many others. Lots of multiple good games on Saturday that I and many others will watch even if it isn’t my team.

  88. SeattleBuc Says:

    That was an awesome move by GMac, haters be damned

  89. ATrain Says:

    Hey I heard the Glazers got a limo for Jamies

    So there is no way he can reach the driver

  90. SOEbuc Says:


    And on my point about the NCAA, they don’t pay players a freakin nickel. If you’re a good team in the NCAA there’s a good chance you already have a true freshman or back up QB that isn’t terrible and can possibly depend on this year. He’s not getting 130 mill for seven years. If doen’t come through, they’re already recruiting one or will get a transfer mid way through the season.

  91. SOEbuc Says:

    Alright. Then let’s all stop arguing about GMC and just let’s all just THROW IT UP FOR JPP! He’s lookin good. two sacks on Monday equals three so far.

  92. Buc4Life Says:

    That ref SSSSSSUUUUUUCCCCKKKKKEEEEEEDDDDD out loud!!!!! We were making fun of him in the stands all night. He needed to retire at halftime like the Buffalo player did! “Most” of the touching the passer, er, roughing the passer calls were crap! I had several cool Steeler fans by me and all agreed that most of the calls were ridiculous. As a soccer referee, I would’ve thrown a yellow card at Big Ben for that flop. Also, why wasn’t the horse collar called inside the 5 when the Steeler guy ripped down ME13 by his collar? Turns out that ‘half the distance’ penalty probably gets us in the end zone there instead of settling for a FG. As far as GMC, he’s a beast. He’s the one guy that opposing teams always gameplan for = respect from those in the know, not the haters in these here interwebs! #GoBucs

  93. DI Says:

    I don’t care if we have a genuinely nice guy on the team. We need more nice people in this world.

    Regarding the clips of him on Mic’d Up, we have no clue when he actually said those words. Just because they played it when we were down 30-10 doesn’t mean that when he said it. It could be taken out of context. He may not be a rah-rah guy like Kwon or Jameis but that’s fine. Let GMC be GMC. The only people who want him to be who he is not is the haters. No one should be someone they’re not. That’s what wrong with this world. He says he’s a leader, great! There are many ways for leaders to lead. Not just the outspoken vocal ways some people think.

  94. Not there yet Says:

    Easy Says:
    September 25th, 2018 at 6:52 pm
    McCoy haters will miss him when he’s gone. I know I sure will.

    This team couldn’t afford to keep Sapp and moved on. They cut brooks a hall of famer and rice like they were nothing, what on earth makes you think we couldn’t move on from this dude who’s been the leader of this losing decade? His replacement is already here and if they can’t play better the front 4 will look completely different again next year. Production doesn’t match the pay and neither does his intensity.

  95. SteveK Says:

    Agree with Isbits here, apologizing and admitting fault like that only made it easier to pull the yellow hankie.

    I missed the “have fun” speech on the sideline. I home gMc meant “have fun pursuing a w”.

  96. Ed Says:

    GMC is quick and he does have an elite first step get off or he can penetrate and be “disruptive”. As a defensive tackle his job is to not just apply pressure but to intimidate the opposition. He isn’t a good finisher. I believe his upper body strength isn’t in line with his lower body. He doesn’t have the desire to finish plays or he is possibly winded. He is a part time player who runs out of gas. Early in games he makes his best plays but by 4th quarter he looks like he’s struggling to to finish off his tackles. I don’t a see him as being a game changer. In recent memory he hasn’t had any games where he takes over and effects a game outcome. Good player but not overall a guy to build a defense around.

  97. destinjohnny Says:

    93 is an okay player, I feel like he a hair above average
    He just isn’t as good as he thinks he is.

  98. __TGH__ Says:

    Great player. Supremely talented. We’re lucky to have had him. Arguably top 3 best get-off in history of NFL.

    Lacks killer instinct and ability to inspire others.

    Longevity will determine Hall of Fame status.

  99. Delusional Intelligence Says:

    I find the thought of GMC isn’t the player he should be because you feel he is too nice and doesn’t play angry is just baffling.

    By that logic, you would rather have Donkey Kong Suh or Albert Haynesworth? How many playoff games has Suh been apart of where his team has won? What is Haynesworth known for other than his stomping and being the era’s Swaggy Baker?

    Thinking along those lines I would assume you would prefer Bill Romanowski amd Vontaze Burfict, over Derrick Brooks and Lavontae David? Ritchie Incognito over Ali Marpet? Pacman Jones over Ronde Barber?

    Is McCoy as good as Sapp? No.

    Name me a DT who has played 7+ seasons and has been equal to Sapp? Bob Lily, Merlin Olsen and Mean Joe Greene are ones that come to my mind.

    Whether you look at Sapp, Lily, Olsen or Greene none of them were able to reach their full potential without additional talent on the field with them. Consider all of the HOF’s who played with Lily, Olsen and Greene!! In the case of Sapp, he was a great player, but didn’t become a DPOY candidate until the Bucs added Simeon Rice. Also consider Sapp had the benefit of playing with HOF Brooks and deserving Canton residents like Rice, Barber and Lynch.

    As far as him helping players up, why does that matter? It’s after the whistle and has NO BEARING on what happens before the whistle. You want opponents to fear McCoy? They do! They fear the get off, they fear his run blitz and they fear his hands, he has a great rip move!

    As far as that play in particular, looks like he beat an initial double team and was the first one to the QB. Sounds to me like he did his job. If McCoy was half as bad as some of you proclaim him to be, do you think coach Buck would have him in there? There is a reason Noah Spence isn’t playing.

    In regards to apologizing, I wouldn’t expect anything less from an Art Rooney nominee, which is awarded to a player who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition.

    The opinion of McCoy being soft, sounds more like a lack of respect for the game of football, integrity, sportsmanship or anyone else fortunate to be on the field with you.

    If anger was all you needed to be successful in the NFL, Robert Ayers would have a job.

  100. richbucsfan Says:

    Don’t know what happened Monday night, but the Bucs came out soft and very non-aggressive…the exact opposite of how they came out against N.O. and Philly. To start the game with an off-tackle run for little gain was a harbinger of things to come. Just poor play altogether. They appeared in awe of Pgh. Odd because they showed the SB Champs no respect and took the game to them. It smelled of a Koetter offensive game plan rather than Monkin game plan. Hope they return to what worked or they’ll get their heads handed to them vs Chicago. GMC hopefully won’t apologize again. Not good optics for sure.

  101. drunkinybor Says:

    WTF!!! I am all for fairness and good sportsmanship but Cmon!!! We want to win shut the fu#@ UP. Let the official make the determination, and pllease STOP apologizing for doing your damn job. I respect Gerald but I see now he aint got that win at all cost dog in him. Thats just stupid on his part…Dont right away scream MY FAULT!! MY FAULT!! He has hall of fame talent with the heart of a fuc*#ing puppy. Im disgusted

  102. Realbucfan941 Says:

    Then count the bucs in the defense that have the “win at all cost mentally”? Here’s a hint, we just signed 3. But you only rail on GMC who somewhat produces consistently. Not the invisible gholston at 6m not the entire backfield minus a couple who are emerging. This defense has been terrible for years. Take GMC out and it gets worse. He is on the decline and will soon be a cap casualty but for now. Y’all just mad he isn’t Sapp, plain and simple.

    Oh as for the Fitz balls got tipped and weren’t his fault crowd… You ever heard of not throwing right into the blitzing linebackers? Really..especially in the red zone or backed up in your own zone? You guys baseball fans? You eat the sack if you can’t throw it away. Don’t Force those throws. Wow.

  103. BucTrump Says:

    Anyone who is happy with gmc play or the defense as a whole should head to your nearest eye doctor. Gmc is Not a winner i repeat not a winner. I threw his jersey away today he fooled me. I thought he could lead this defense but he’s a joke…and not even a funny joke at that…the man lacks heart that it takes to lead. I watch him lose 1 vs 1 match ups all the time. He sucks at stopping the run game. I say we move him for bell and draft pick or knock on the raiders door see if they like to move some draft picks or cb that can help…he’s a failed experiment…no pass rush when teams only pass on us…….guarantee any other dt that played for us eats…he was matched up with 2 rookie starts due to injuries…im growing to hate McCoy move him free the cap space for ali n Donavan snith..tag winston next year..i might move david ..Goholston..hargraves..let brent grimes retire..draft all defense and. Rt we need to release dotson…this team is built to compete offensively..but with this defense itll always be a shoot out..ronald jones and vita vea got some proving there selves.i personally rather get two big ass guys up front and stunt the edges. .itll shut down any runs and from there have lbs drop into coverage.

  104. D-Rome Says:


    I agree with all of what you said. The haters and morons need to realize that if McCoy keeps up his level of play for the next three to four years he will be a Hall of Famer. He won’t be first ballot but he will get in there eventually. Mark my words.

  105. Bobby M. Says:

    McCoy has yet to have a defining moment in a game of any manner that counts….Very good player but his stats aren’t elite….He’s never won….No highlight plays. Monday night was another opportunity to make statement and we’re talking about him apologizing over and over. Sapp ended careers and didn’t blink….McCoy gets a questionable call and creates a Hallmark moment.

  106. Kenny Says:

    I’m glad you brought this up… I was literally thinking the exact same thing when it happened.

  107. Not there yet Says:

    He may make it to the hall of fame….in the senior pool at some ponit before he dies. It takes them awhile to recognize perrenial losers. It was a bad look and no we wont be worse off if gmc was not on the field. Not sure how we would miss a stat line of 3 tackles and a sack every other game.

  108. Bucsfanman Says:

    Whatever! Anytime there was pressure on Ben, #93 was there.
    Bang on him if you want to (As a Bucs fan I will never understand this!) the dude shows up to play week in and week out.
    You are simply flat out ignorant if you can’t see that!
    Man, one game and the “negative ninnys” are out in full force! Go root for another team if it really bothers you THAT much.
    “Threw away his jersey”!!! The name says it all!

  109. 813bucboi Says:

    I didn’t see, hear or notice any of the steelers apologizing to fitz…..


  110. Rodney Says:

    He was apologizing sarcastically. LOL

  111. King C Says:

    All McCoy haters are idiots

  112. Eric Says:

    Maybe he was trying to get in his head. Like a pool player who makes a tough shot and says, “oh man I am sorry about that”.

    Then if he does it again, “oh that’s my bad”

    The Art of War.

  113. BradentuckeyBuc Says:

    We need a little less Dwight Howard and a little more Reggie White from GMC.

  114. Bucsdelight Says:

    I don’t think it was a bad thing at all. In this new flag football era of NFL, I think he immediately knew, that he was going to get a flag. I don’t think you can hit the QB without getting a flag now. Even the competition committee is scratching their heads on what is going on.

  115. BucTrump Says:

    Mccoy is a joke and the build who defend him sound lile abused women who make excuses and stay with him…he’s accomplished nothing for this team..nothing.. I like to hear from him about all the games he saved or how he lead us to the playoffs..oh yeah that’s right it didn’t happen..calling a player whose been a loser he whole career a HOF is a disrespectful to the real football legends the sapps the ray lewis..if they put this bum in the hof and not rice bruh im done with football

  116. Cs2 Says:

    @lamarcus Garbage time? Literally the second half of the game including the third quarter wasn’t garbage time. You have little to no football knowledge. I bet you’re one of those on the spectrum who believe Jameis should be starter week 4

  117. unbelievable Says:

    That flag was coming either way, that’s why McCoy apologized.

    Garbage all around.

  118. Small axe Says:

    Help him wth
    He should have punched him in the face after all the cheap shots on fitz

  119. Lord Cornelius Says:

    What in the f*ck was he apologizing for?

    Seriously? What in the f*ck? “Sorry I sacked you”?

    WTF is the NFL now?!?!

  120. Brad Says:

    Ahhh I see a whole bunch of people who haven’t played football at any high level of competition. All 22 guys would do this in today’s NFL. Mike Singletary is not in anyone’s locker room. Get over it, Gerald is Gerald. All that matter is he getting sacks and getting pressure on QB. Oh he should’ve sacked Ben? I wonder how many Hall of Famers Ben has shrugged off, my guess is plenty. But you haters would have to look at the game from another point of view and not from your couch.

  121. BringBucsBack Says:

    GMC was star-struck. No dog!

  122. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Who should we really be mad at? For McCoys apology or the ref throwing the flag after McCoy was apologizing? The referees should never be influenced by players, period.