“Phenomenal” Gerald McCoy

December 4th, 2018

Six-time Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy got love from one of his harshest, ex-Buccaneer critics yesterday. Joe already documented that.

And another ex-Buc piled on the love.

This time it was the voice of Anthony Becht. The former Bucs tight end hopped on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday and said watching the Panthers-Bucs game left him “really impressed by the down-to-down play by the guys up front [on defense].”

Becht said he saw players having fun, which isn’t always easy late in a disappointing season. And he liked the intensity, especially from everyone’s favorite 30-year-old defensive tackle.

“The effort that Gerald had in the football game was phenomenal. I mean, the pressures, the pushback, everything that he did in the middle of the football field was phenomenal,” Becht said. “The [statistics] weren’t there obviously in big numbers but he was able to be effective.”

Powerful take by Becht, who isn’t one to throw around the word “phenomenal.”

Could McCoy be marching to his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl. He very quietly has six sacks this season.

42 Responses to ““Phenomenal” Gerald McCoy”

  1. Bucsfanman Says:

    Like Jameis, he needs to play consistently. Frankly, it hasn’t been there in terms of being a dominant disruptive force.
    I keep thinking that the d-line is suddenly getting healthy on top of getting contributions from the rookie.

  2. 813bucboi Says:

    the entire defense got better once smitty hit the fishing pier!!!!!!!


  3. ChanEpic Says:

    ^^^^813BubBoi gets it

  4. Lamarcus Says:

    This was GMC greatest game ….. EVER. Happy he is embracing his new role as a role besides that overrated quick get off garbage he was doing. Not a probowl player by any means but he can play like he did last game and stop chasing sacks costing the team huge gapping holes for running backs maybe just maybe……

  5. Ptwalk Says:

    @813, facts

  6. Dewey Selmon Says:

    JPP is showing McCoy how a real captain plays. it’s rubbing off on the whole defense.

  7. Dooshlarue Says:

    So he realizes he’s got a good chance at getting released after this season because there is no more guaranteed EASY money……. and now he is actually trying to make it appear that he’s worth it.

    You suckers are really buying this sh!t??

  8. Batman Wood Says:

    I think Vea pushing the pocket has helped McCoy

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Gerald McCoy is a high effort player and always has been. He has never been after easy money, and anyone who suggests that is a complete dimwit.

    The truth is, McCoy has been the lone force on the defensive line since he started playing, and this year he finally has some help. It makes all the difference in the world.

    And yes, even the best DL guys need help. There isn’t one player who doesn’t in the NFL.

  10. doolnutts Says:

    Doesn’t look like a team that has quit to me. It will be interesting to see how we finish the season.

  11. Mikadeemas Says:

    Agree about Vea! I rewatched the game and he was getting serious push AND some double teams!! GO BUCS!!!

  12. 813bucboi Says:

    dewey & batman

    i agree….


  13. orlbucfan Says:

    GMC is a class act who is FINALLY getting support on the DL. Screw the yoyos/yahoos/trolls who insult him.

  14. SOEbuc Says:

    Think about a young, strong DT in the first with a motor that we don’t have to pay $10 million. Vita Vea on the push and Ed Oliver would be sick.

  15. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    1 game he played above good in and he needs to be in the bucs wall of fame, there can be a GMC day everyone can get an ice cream cone as souvenir to have forever to remember where they were when GMC played lights out that one time

  16. Bryan Says:

    GMCs ROI over his career is hot garbage. Simple as that.

  17. Bucsfan77 Says:

    The only problem I have with Vita Vea is at first he was always late getting off the snap he has gotten a lot better of it even now there still snaps where he is a half a second delay on impact that half a second can being the difference of having control of the line or losing it

  18. SOEbuc Says:

    Becht doesn’t know sh!t

  19. Cobraboy Says:

    Interesting how Vita Vea constantly requiring two OL leaves McCoy more chances for excellence.

    I agree with Bonzai: I don’ recall McCoy ever having help inside. The conventional wisdom is a strong DT helps a DE. While somewhat true, a strong DT can also help another DT. You will not double both.

    Sapp had help with Booger and Culpepper. Without them, Sapp was not as effective. That is not any dissing of Sapp at all. Fact is football is a team sport.

    It is no coincidence that the Bucs pass rush is blooming when Vita Vea began to “get it.”

    Expect more in the future. This DL is starting to play as they should.

  20. Not there yet Says:

    Lol at this article for the highest paid defensive player. An article like this is generally written about him once or twice a year and that’s not nearly enough at that price. At least it’s happening towards the end of the season proving he’s not old and washed up but just an average player. Usually his best games comes early in the year before he disappears

  21. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It’s the totality of the Dline that is making the difference……..Strong depth and serious pressure from both ends…..Nassib & JPP…..

  22. JimmyJack Says:

    McCoy was great. I believe this could be a result of JPP rubbing off on him. If that’s the case he needs to play out the remainder of this season in the same way. If that happens then we really have something special ial on this Dline heading into the future.

    McCoy seemed to be playing much more physical to me. I saw some dog in him that I can’t honestly say I saw before………I also like how JPP set the standard and came up with the game-ending(basically sack………McCoy can proove a lot if he can follow suit and make something happen next time our defense is faced with a clutch situation.

    If Gerald McCoy can achieve this I will take back what I said about him.

  23. JimmyJack Says:

    I believe McCoy and JPP have bonded and are now BFF AE.

    In fact I Kobe Faker even told me that JPP even played with Gerald’s dolls once.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  24. Issaic haggins Says:

    Bonzai clearly you don’t watch the games !!! He has a high motor mouth !!!

    Look at all the attention he is getting for playing hard and dozens of people took note!!!

    Why ????

    Because he really just is a showman ,go through the motions guy that wants attention like a six year old !!!! Well he played hard and he actually got lots of attention!!! Let’s hope he wants more !!!

  25. Me Says:

    Remember you are watching the highest paid D line in the league

  26. Pryda30...sec 147 Says:

    Bring it on Saints !!!

  27. JimmyJack Says:

    Me they won us one game by my count. I would say that’s not worth the money.

    As a conselation prize if they can finish strong then continue it next year I’ll take it.

  28. CC Head Says:

    Vea is the key. Go back and re-watch game if you can. You will see Vea take on double teams and still getting push leaving McCoy 1 on 1. It is also helping with edge rush.

  29. Clarence Says:

    Nothing says “I learned everything I know about football from my PlayStation” like someone repeatedly calling McCoy ‘soft’

    Lmao these maddenmaestros think they know more about football than those who’ve played it professionally!

  30. JimmyJack Says:

    Here’s a stat to look up……..When was the last time we got to a Carolina QB like that?

    That team has owned our D-Line for an entire decade+.
    Last Sunday was a great stride for this team IMO.

    Granted they still manhandled our Line on the other side of the ball but it’s nice to see us get halfway there, at least for a solo game.

  31. Cobraboy Says:

    IMO, this game reminded me somewhat of the 49ers game of 1997 where Sapp and Nickerson gave the perennial SB contenders 9ers, Young and Rice more than they bargained for, and the Bucs D would not go backwards for a decade.

    But that team was not banged up like the current Buc D.

    Or minimally, one can hope.

    Seriously: did anyone expect the Bucs to take care of business against the Kitties? I predicted a loss by 2 scores.

  32. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Gerald McCoy is a big fat softie

  33. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Watch him turn into a ghost against saints offensive line

  34. Rod Munch Says:


  35. SenileSenior Says:

    Helping to push the pocket along side Gmac was just one of the reasons for drafting Vea. Developing some young players on the DL was another. Perhaps in anticipationof (or at least having the option of) possibly switching to a 3-4 based scheme was still another.

  36. Bucsfanman Says:

    No comments from tmax?! This is a first!

  37. adam from ny Says:

    vea’s a big dude…he put a big dent in that mccoy dinner tab…mccoy felt trama when the waitress dropped the check on him…

    he said to mccoy on the way out, “yo batman i don’t eat like robin, sorry homes…i skipped lunch…lets do this again”

    mccoy said: “carry my doggy bag rook” while shaking his head

  38. teacherman777 Says:

    Why have so many Americans become so mean spirited?

    Vita Vea hurt his calf, a major muscle for a man his size. He came back at half strength and out of game shape.

    A few weeks later, hes getting doubled constantly. He is not a penetrator, he is like an OG. He is pushing guys into the pocket!

    JPP started the game with two knee braces. Took one off and played his heart out.

    GMC and JPP are bonding. GMC has no ego. He loves his teammates. He has helped us create a lockerroom of brotherly love instead of selfish divas like D-Jax.

    GMC is happy to have JPP.

    They were drafted in the same year. They are brothers.

    Go Bucs!

  39. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Bucs Fan #7423 Says:
    “Gerald McCoy is a big fat softie”


    You are considered a “regular” here on JBF, I would say, #7423. — I am a little surprised that you would reduce yourself to just saying the same thing 10 times over and over these past few days. Just a thought.

  40. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    ^^ GREAT post, teacherman777. — SPOT ON with all of your points and I could not agree more.

  41. teacherman777 Says:

    @tampabay demon


    Go Bucs!


  42. Tampa Bay Demon Says:


    Thank you brother!

    1-2-3… Family!