Vita Vea Will Make His First Start

October 19th, 2018

Gerald McCoy is out with a bad calf so the manbeast rookie is in.

Vita Vea will make his first start on Sunday, Dirk Koetter announced on the Buccaneers Radio Network. The head coach implied that Vea is behind Beau Allen on the depth chart, but it won’t matter against the Browns.


39 Responses to “Vita Vea Will Make His First Start”

  1. BucThis Says:

    Take a good look everyone! This man will be your starter through the 2019 season.


  2. t.posse Says:

    I think he will do well. Go Bucs!

  3. JimmyJack Says:

    Bad choice of a picture for a team that is soft as butter and fans in desperate need of anything to inflate egos………whoever said it was right. Joe aren’t even a Buc fan.

  4. LakeLand Says:

    I don’t believe Vita Vea is a 3-Tech

    I may be wrong

  5. Lunchbox Says:

    And with that, the phase-out of GMC begins in earnest

  6. Lunchbox Says:

    Last I heard he’s basically a 1 tech, but he probably will end up getting more disruption lining up at 3 tech than GMC has done of late.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Can’t we love Vita without hating GMC?
    Can’t we like them both as Bucs?
    Just askin’

  8. lokog Says:

    does vita vea have a sack? If so who did he get?

  9. JimmyJack Says:

    TampaBayBucFan…..I can and I will but McCoys injury may just be too bad to come back from this time. I just don’t think he’s got another rehab in him bro. It is a very sad ending if it happens like that……..Wish so bad he could of made us one final play while he was still in that last game.

  10. Lunchbox Says:

    I support whoever is out on the field cuz I’m a BUCS fan first but tmax Beotch wore me down. Dude has a soft attitude. And the argument could be made that so did Reggie White. But Reggie just had more intensity than Gerald

  11. Etzel Says:

    It’s not about who we love or who we hate. It’s about unknown potential vs. an injured aging veteran

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I don’t know about you but I kinda like the thought of them both playing…..

  13. tnew Says:

    Lake.. Agree with VV not being a 3, at least on passing downs. My hope is JPP will be playing there situationally. He was “unblockable” all training camp in that role.

    I expect the D-line to be the most improved bunch this weekend (not because of McCoy being gone) but this had to be the most frustrated group due to the off coverage nonsense. Why bring the max effort when you know the ball is leaving in under 2 seconds? If you know your guys are pressing and working hard as well, you will be motivated to come. Plus, I expect to see Kwon and LVD with a foot in the A-Gap more than once in this matchup.

  14. NPRSageBoy Says:

    Will he dance with Kwon after Mayfield hangs 40 on this putrid D?

  15. Rod Munch Says:

    Will be interesting to see what he can do. I still don’t believe he’s anything more than what he is, a 3-4 run stuffing NT playing out of place in a 4-3 defense. I hope he proves me very wrong, I’d be more than happy to see that happen.

  16. Defense Rules Says:

    Might be missing something here, but whether Vea is a classic 1-technique or 3-technique doesn’t really seem all that relevant. The X-Technique designation from what I’ve always heard essentially has to do with where the defensive lineman INITIALLY lines up against the offensive line.

    If a defensive lineman lines up opposite:
    1. of the center then he’s playing 0-technique.
    2. of the gap between the center and guard (A-gap) then he’s playing 1 technique.
    3. of the guard then he’s playing 2-technique.
    4. of the gap between the guard and the tackle then he’s playing 3-technique.
    5. of the tackle then he’s playing 4-technique
    6. of the gap between tackle and tight-end then he’s playing 5-technique.

    Vea’s overall skillset is what’s important IMO … he’s a man-beast who’ll give ANYONE they put in front of him fits (center, guard, tackle). And the way DTs shift & stunt nowadays, not sure where they INITIALLY line up makes a huge amount of difference anyways (unlike whether or not we’re playing a 3-man front versus a 4-man front).

  17. SchwiftyBuc Says:


    You dont need to be a 3-tech to dominate in the league. Just look at Fletcher Cox.

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    The experience will be great for Vea. Don’t expect too much from him in the beginning. And his is where his true development begins. If he comes out shooting from the hip, great. If not, just being solid in the beginning is good enough.

  19. LakeLand Says:


    I din’t say that you have to be a 3-Tech to dominate an offense.

    GMC is the Bucs 3-Tech

    Will Vita Vea replace GMC or will he play NT?

    I want to know, where will he play

  20. LakeLand Says:

    He’s making his first start

    But where will he start?

  21. Not there yet Says:

    I can’t wait for him to get a full offseason of work in plus conditioning to lose weight, he’s already got some nice moves, if he learns how to use his hands better I don’t see why Buckner can’t turn him into the 3 tech for the future

    People make a big deal about Winston not being a captain but it’s more embarrassing for Geraldine as long as he’s been here. It’s nice to see Geraldine take a back seat to real leaders.

  22. Dave Pear Says:

    Defense Rules,

    Nice explanation on gap numbers.
    Thanks. I was never sure what all of those numbers pertained to.
    I only played up until high school and we were not that detailed.
    It was more like…
    See ball, get ball.

  23. SOEbuc Says:

    Let’s do it Vita!!! Know you’re not suppose to be a sack master but GMC hasn’t been one since the first half of his career. Use that mass and strength to close and push the line brother.

    And don’t worry. Hopefully we can get a hard a$$ angry DT in round one next year to play next to you that won’t be $100 million creamsicle.

  24. JimmyJack Says:

    Lakeland he will start on his side. Somebody will be taking McCoys snaps as our 3tec and that will be the man to watch. If we don’t see any moving bodies opposite Vita then you may as well git the smokers burnin.

    GO Bucs?

  25. LakeLand Says:


    I’m trying to find out, who will replace GMC at 3-Tech

  26. SOEbuc Says:


    “I’m trying to find out, who will replace GMC at 3-Tech”

    I’d say Gholdston. He’s looked good at DT for what’s it’s worth with the crappiest defense in the league. But what do I know. I can’t make supreme decisions by a defensive genius like Koetter.

  27. JimmyJack Says:

    I’d love to say that Beau Allen steps up and replaces McCoy. I don’t even think he has played the position before but it shouldn’t matter to a team of grown men who will sacrifice themselves for victory.

    Problem maybe that we don’t have that type of team and we will trot out Gholston who will be just another body on the field.

  28. JimmyJack Says:

    Nassib should get a few looks from the outside since he knows how to play the Browns Oline.

    There should be pressure on this guy to make his plays count. He started out nice but I, personally, haven’t seen him do much in the past two game……..If Nassib ain’t here to play he needs to git.

  29. unbelievable Says:

    Vea will be playing NT

    Gholston or Allen at 3-tech

  30. Tampabucfan88 Says:

    Look I been a big GMC supporter but looking at the film he hasn’t live up to what we thought he was going to be he’s not beating his man one on one Vita Vea on the other hand is beating one on one blocks and force what we suppose to see from gmc sorry to say it it’s time for gmc to go he aging and just not what he was in his prime plus the dancing down by 8 kinda pissed me off

  31. MadMax Says:

    Get it Big V!!!!! I lobbied for you and we’re here now. Produce!

  32. Mike10 Says:

    Am I the only one that HATES him in #50?

  33. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    The irony in the “gentleman = soft” talk on here that we get with McCoy so much is that perhaps the Greatest Buc of them all is Lee Roy Selmon… who is regarded by all of us as a great human being and a great…. gentleman.

  34. TOM Says:

    Nassib is the one that pressured Ryan to help get JPP his sack. I think he is a keeper.

  35. BigMacAttack Says:

    Gerald is all about Gerald. Get that big fat check. Lay up on the couch, eat and play video games. McCoy lost interest in football. He wants to go to Hollywood and act in Marvel Movies. I just hope they didn’t wait too long to trade him. Licht could have got a high first round pick if he would have dumped him right before the draft. I think he’d be lucky to get a 3 or 4 now. Anything but a second because Licht will blow that one for sure.

  36. Rick Says:

    Won’t matter if wrs are open the instant the ball is snapped. I think the goal of the gm was a good one, just poorly executed by the dc. If the secondary can make the qb hold the ball for 3 to five seconds the d line can close in and at least pressure.

  37. Gambelero Says:

    I keep hearing different things. If what Koetter says is true, then Allen plays 1 and Vea 3 on standard downs and we shift an end inside on passing downs with whichever of Vea or Allen hasn’t rotated out playing the nose? Is that right? I thought they drafted Vea to be a 1 tech nose tackle.

  38. BUC IT Says:

    I am officially on the “TRADE MCCOY” bandwagon. He is a nice guy but way too soft and hurt way too much. Get us a 1st or a 2nd and ship him ASAP. Im over it.

  39. Rod Munch Says:

    Vita has 1 tackle on the year, no QB pressures, he’s not a pass rusher – and his combine numbers come with the huge qualifier of them being good FOR a man his size – for a normal sized 4-3 DT, his speed and agility numbers are pretty average. Sure, for a guy his size they’re good, which is why he should be a good stuffer, hopefully. But as a pass rusher, there’s literally nothing from his college numbers that would make you think he’s anything more than a guy that might get 3 or 4 sacks a year. For this defense, a traditional 4-3, he doesn’t really fit. That’s my take and again, I’d love to be wrong, but those thinking he’s gonna be a dominant tackle, what is that based on? Also keep in mind all those great combine numbers, for his size, were when he was training to be at that size, now that he’s lost weight doesn’t mean he’s going to suddenly be faster and quicker, not everyone responds that way – remember how much faster and more dominant fat Josh Freeman was compared to 6-pack Freeman.