“Enough Of Gerald McCoy”

November 10th, 2018

No fan of GMC.

Even though the one and only Chris “Mad Dog” Russo is grounded in New York, that doesn’t mean he ignores the Bucs.

One reason Russo keeps up with news from Tampa is that his oldest son goes to school in the area. Another reason is that his good friend and internationally popular JoeBucsFan.com columnist Ira Kaufman appears on his SiriusXM Radio show weekly on Wednesdays during the football season.

Russo, even when talking to Joe at the Super Bowl last year, is no fan of Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. In fact, Russo believes part of the reason the Bucs have struggled defensively is because of GMC.

In the past two weeks, Russo has had choice words for GMC when Ira has appeared on his show. Russo believes there is a direct link between the defense sucking eggs and GMC not making any splash plays, in Russo’s eyes.

Two weeks ago after the Bucs bungled a game away to the Bengals, Russo dove in on GMC to Ira, his voice dripping with sarcasm.

“Now that defense did a horrendous job,” Russo barked at Ira. “You think they can show up? … I mean that is a terrible job by your prideful defense and that Hall of Famer you are going to vote for 10 years down the road in that McCoy who never, ever makes a big play. God almighty, can he make a play? Block a pass, sack a quarterback, create a fumble? What an atrocious job by that Tampa-D.”

Russo has a memory like an elephant. And when the Bucs defense dropped an elephant-sized load on the field at Carolina last week, Russo was armed and ready for Ira about GMC days later.

“Enough of Gerald McCoy. Enough now,” Russo said. “I don’t want to hear another word from you about how he’s an All-Pro, he’s going to the Hall of Fame. This nonsense I’ve heard about Gerald McCoy from you for about five years about how he’s the best defensive tackle that nobody’s heard of.

“Every time I look up, they never put a pass rush on and his team gives up 40 points. Sooner or later — and he is representative of that defense — can we give him a little abuse once in a while?”

There is no question GMC is having a rough year. And it looks really bad the way people screamed for years that if only GMC had a decent edge rush it would turn him loose. Well, now the Bucs have one with Jason Pierre-Paul and GMC is virtually invisible. That’s not a good look.

Yeah, he has two sacks but you have to think hard and surf Pro-Football-Reference.com to remember those plays.

The whole defense, with the exception of JPP and Vinny Curry, is having a rotten year. For GMC, it’s terrible timing just when the Bucs finally find an edge rush.

52 Responses to ““Enough Of Gerald McCoy””

  1. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    I am SHOCKED there aren’t 100+ comments in agreement on Russo’s take already on this entry. You just must have JUST posted it. We have been saying it for…UMMMM….5 years as well?

    NOW watch him go out and get a sack in garbage time tomorrow.

  2. SteveK Says:

    Love Russo!

    Do we have the transcript for the esteemed Ira Kaufman’s rebuttal? Helluva point to argue. Paying so much money for a rotten D.

  3. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Ian Beckles said it best about GMC…

    He said it not in these exact words but he said-——–

    he maybe one of the most overrated players ever to play at his position……

  4. Matts17 Says:

    GMC is definitely overrated. Russo is right in that he’s not a game changer.

  5. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    He’s always been a one trick pony. Very quick off the snap. That’s it. It makes for about ten good plays a year. He was most impactful when playing next to Bennett. That was a long time ago. Don’t think he’ll be a Buc much longer.

  6. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    And yes…. Most of his sacks in his career has been “garbage sacks”

    And garbage sacks means he’s getting them:

    – at the end of the game
    – non impactful plays
    – when the game is outta reach aka Captain Blowout = GMC

  7. Ndog Says:

    The thing is you (Joe) are says he’s been struggling this year but this is the exact same performance he has done every year. He never actually makes a play, gets off the ball quickly creating a natural hole in the defense and then he gets hurt. This is the same pattern year after year. This is not a new occurrence as it is the same story year after year.

  8. Warrenfb12 Says:

    He’s just overrated. He’s been overrated his whole career. Citing coaches as people who heap praise on him is silly, what are they gonna do dump on the guy? He’s a decent DT, and a super nice guy that people like. Thats it. He’s not a special player and never has been. And it’s specualtion but I firmly believe he contributes to this losing culture and “Ho-hum” attitude of the defense. Not sure his contract status, but he makes little to no impact and I’m trading him next year if possible. Time to cleanse the defense. Lavonte is on this list as well.

  9. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    And also, this is very true what I’m about to play:

    The defensive line actually plays BETTER when he’s not in the lineup

  10. Stevbobucsfan Says:

    It may be a good idea to try and trade Mccoy and try and pick up a late round draft pick in 019. I am not against Mccoy or for him. However he hasn’t been very productive lately but neither has the bucs sorry a.. defense for the pass 4 to 5 years but this would give him and the bucs a new start and also a extra draft pick for the bucs

  11. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    And JPP doing EVERYTHING by himself now should convince all the other blind GMC loyalists that he is overrated….

    Think about what JPP has done in half a season

    JPP DOES EVERYTHING GMC could never do

  12. Kalind Says:

    I have been defending him for years. But right now? I’d take the best offer I could get. Late first, early second and deal. The guy is getting paid an absolute fortune. He and LVD both need to go. They may not think it or want it, but they’re career losers. It’s infecting the whole team. Take what we can get. Let’s dtart allll over on this D

  13. Cobraboy Says:

    He’s right, you know.

  14. gotbbucs Says:

    If he had been drafted anywhere but the first round he would have never gotten that contract and would have been released years ago. He’s basically held this team hostage for years from switching to a more aggressive front 7 look and scheme.

    HOF??? Give me a break. He’s been part of what, three .500 or better seasons in his career? Two years after he’s gone nobody will remember him, unless we’re reminiscing about some of the more overrated players in Bucs history.

  15. LakeLand Says:

    They should have drafted Aaron Donald and traded GMC 5 years ago.

    But, why cry over spill milk?
    It’s wasted now!

  16. Bucsboye Says:

    Definitely Jameis Winston’s fault right. #BLAMEJAMEIS

  17. Doug Says:

    Finally the national media is taking notice, he’s been a fraud from day one. He became a star in Tampa because we had no one else to label as our super star.

  18. BradentuckeyBuc Says:

    The NFL’s Dwight Howard

  19. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    For years the GMC apologists have stood by the “GMC doesn’t have any help” argument. Ok JPP is having the best season by a DE since Simeon Rice played, even Nassib has shown on the other side. Where is GMC? Dancing on the sideline in a loss. Have his numbers been better with this new help on the d line? No, his numbers are down. Face it, we didn’t look any worse on defense when he was out, so why spend all that money on the face of the worst defense in franchise history.

  20. Mike in MO Says:

    Well said Bradentuckey. I’m not sure we could even get a fourth round pick for him.

  21. GMC hater Says:

    I’m sure his quick step will be very useful when he goes running to his mommy and daddy after being shown the door in Tampa.

  22. Kobe Faker Says:


    Kobe Faker predicted this situation over 2 years ago

    Do we have a starting QB?

    How did our team become the absolute joke of the NFL and depleted of any talent ?

    etc etc

    “At 8 pm tonight,Kobe Faker will post and write on this forum, unlike the high school worthless writers from newspapers and websites, Celebrity Poster Kobe Faker, unlike anything you have read will disclose detailed information of what went so completely wrong

    thought provoking, enlightenment, self awareness…

    8pm you sheep will read life changing words that has put your Yucs into who they are today

    2 statements that Kobe Faker will write about and how and why it got derailed

    *2018 season, Tampa Bay Bucs should be in contention of winning the Superbowl

    *On January 6, 2016….

    Kobe Faker

  23. Andrew Says:

    A) I think both sacks Carmen off stunts.
    B) I just haven’t seen the same Vinny Curry as you.

  24. Bucamania Says:

    GMc’s first sack this year was on a stunt and the second was in garbage time. He just never makes an impact. Ever. Russo is right.

  25. Dooshlarue Says:

    How do you say “crying like a little girl” in Hawaiian?

  26. Reality-is-a-Beotch Says:

    stop with the trade mccoy… the bucs will NOT get a damn thing for a lazy wrong side of 30 has been that never was…. he has absolutely ZERO trade value unless those delusional morons led by Bonzi, Hawaiian bucfan, Joe and Pickgrin buy a team…

    mccoy is the undisputed leader of the losing culture and the face of the basement years. that’s his legacy…

    I have been right about this fraud for a decade…

  27. SchwiftyBuc Says:

    If you didn’t know this was going to be GMC’s worst year as a pro, you just haven’t been paying attention.

    McCoy, in the past, absolutely was 100 percent a very, very good, not great, pass rushing 3-tech.

    But since turning 28, his production and number of explosive QB pressures/hits have been declining sharply. I’m not a McCoy hater but I wanted to trade him and throw a crap ton of money at Kawann Short. And then once Short had been signed I wanted us to go out and sign Sheldon Richardson and Dontari Poe.

    Just like nearly every right decision I’ve pegged that would have tremendously improved our team, Licht didn’t come close to doing it. Instead he kept 93 and went out and signed Beau Allen and Mitch Unrein…

  28. Reality-is-a-Beotch Says:

    actually still in shock that joe would even post such blasphemy about his favorite underachieving man crush….

  29. Topcoach1978@gmail.com Says:

    Itll be another 10 years before this can compete just to win its division….they’re sorry asf!

  30. JimmyT Says:

    The reason there are NOT MANY POSTS ABOUT THE truth about GMC is because the TBT only wants to blame a 24 yr old QB for the BUCS WOES! After FITZ threw GARBAGE TDS after playing horribly in the first half last week no blame was thrown his way, yet if Jameis had played all the articles would have been how bad Jameis played. After FITZ blew this game it was now the D fault. Why wasn’t it the D’s fault against Falcons? The media in this town is a joke

  31. Architek Says:

    I’m am bleeping tired of talking about mediocre players and trash players. Gerald McCoy is average and has been for a while and that’s cool. Only Tampa media makes him relevant. He’s not top 5 in his position across the league and yet.

    He’s not HOF material and he’s been the face of trash defense!

  32. Bucs fan #7423 Says:

    Big fat softie Gerald McCoy

  33. Lunchbox Says:

    So is Russo the true identity of tmax?

  34. Bucnjim Says:

    It just amazes me how so many people would make excuses for McCoy. He’s double teamed, he needs help from the DE’s, the coaches don’t utilize him right, he plays hurt all the time which effects his play. He may of been above average at one time in his career but that’s about it. The dancing, crying, camera finding DT of the Buc’s is way over rated.

  35. Buc believer Says:

    It’s about time this comic book charicarure has been exposed. The fans that do their homework and don’t believe this “been elected by his peers and fans to such such many pro bowls “ have been saying this guy is a clown and way overrated for a LONG time! Cut this bloated fake whiny little beeetch!

  36. Jmarkbuc Says:


    “How do say crying little girl in Hawaiian?”

    Tevita Tuliʻakiʻono Tuipulotu Mosese Vaʻhae Fehoko Faletau Vea,

  37. ATrain Says:

    Wait a minute ATrain stated this two years ago and got bashed as a HATER

  38. Mike10 Says:

    I just don’t get the fanfare that supports GMC.

    – they said he was a leader on the defense contrary to criticism suggesting his friendly demeanor had no use in a defensive huddle. Now he has been stripped of his C, as teammates instead gave it to Kwon, a guy with fire.

    – they said, at the least, his get-off was unstoppable. They defend his play with 8 sacks/yr and a pro bowl spot. Yet back on the home front, those that watch his play with a critical eye, see sacks coming in garbage for a defense that consistently ranks at the bottom of the league.

    I understand what he brings to the game, but over a decade, I just don’t know what he brings to this team. I believe part of the Bucs being so poor since Chucky, is due to a culture of losing. Who has been with this team since 2008, during all that losing? And you’re right Joe, now he has help on the edges and his performance has actually dropped off.

    Trade him, what do we really have to lose?

  39. sandwichman Says:

    GMC stinks. Nuff said. A waste of 3rd overall pick.

  40. Tony LA Says:

    There is zero reason to keep GMC next year. Zero

  41. Ray Rice Says:


    Terrible timing? Are you still trying to get your Rocky Road lover Geraldine McBooty off the hook? Are you insinuating that the YUCS took too long to get a DE and now McBooty’s best years are behind him. Is that why you think he’s not producing? Maaaaaaaan! I’ve told everyone for years now that he’s garbage. Especially when all you MF’s claimed he was quadruple teamed every play. And don’t get me started with the oh, “he made the pro bowl $$hiit”.

  42. Not there yet Says:

    Veteran DT Gerald McCoy 12 total tackles 2 sacks
    Back up DE Carl Nassib 12 total tackles 3 sacks

    Geraldine is not overrated he’s pure hot garbage

  43. DB55 Says:

    For the record, all ya except for the haters are slooooow af.

    Just for perspective not only has Ira talked about GMC and the HOF but just this summer he was trying to prop up Dotson too. Smh lol. Not sure if you’re just straight up lying to readers or if you’re trying to be supportive of the org but nevertheless it kills your credibility.

    Joe tried to prop up the oline and Barber. Lol.

    Everyone said DJax was a weapon even though I tried to tell ya last year he’s lazy af and is all about me.

    Even told ya from day 1 that Smith is soft af and moonlights at Hamburger marys.

    But AGAIN wtfdik

    Ps Fitz gives us the best chance to win ROTFL


  44. Rick Says:

    Quinnin Williams looks damn good. Perfect replacement for gmc

  45. Dre Says:

    Gerald McCoy is garbage and he’s a quitter period

  46. Jonathan Lipnicki Says:

    Suh is better yet on his 3rd team now. Tampa continues to pay him a premium salary when he’s worth about 1/3 or 1/4 of what he gets. Throw in the “sorry, Ben” stuff and an angry fan base is going to go after him. This will be his final year as a Buc ( hopefully ).

  47. GoBuxFla Says:

    He’s the best looking DT in all of the NFL (in the training room).

  48. thee good ol'e days Says:

    never liked him as a player, thought he was grossly over rated, never have i seen the fire in his eye, should of been traded 5 years ago, he will not be worth anything of value now, and honestly i believe he will retire after this season, he’s done, no need to go somewhere else and risque being further exposed as a fraud or getting cut

  49. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Unless Gmc has a major comeback of 6 sacks and a mess of tackles , change is inevitable.
    The real question is who will manage the upheaval this team is facing in personnel and coaching staff. No more same old same old from Jason Licht .The Architect of this mess has to go.

  50. Justin Parks Says:

    I will not rest until Cancer 93 is gone or traded.

  51. FortMyersDave Says:

    More of Russo and less of apologists!!!!

  52. RealBucFan Says:

    Lavonte is having another great year, just sad he plays on such a bad defense.