Was It The Dinner?

December 2nd, 2018

Gerald McCoy and Javien Elliott talk about a behind-the-scenes effort

Yes, the Bucs’ defensive revival could be attributed to caviar and Maine lobster, among other reasons.


The Bucs are coughing up an average of 20 points per game over their last four outings.

Hey, subtract the Ryan Fitzpatrick pick-6 against the Giants, and things are looking incredibly good for The Tampa Bay defense in the third quarter of this season, which just ended with today’s 24-17 disposal of the Panthers.

Four weeks ago, after the Panthers buried the Bucs, Gerald McCoy talked about how it might be time for the entire defense to have a dinner together because they hadn’t gotten around to that yet in 2018. Frankly, Joe was ready to vomit; it seemed like silly talk.

Well, after the win today, Joe asked nickel cornerback Javien Elliott about that dinner — whether it ever happened and what impact it might have had.

Elliott revealed that not only did the entire defense go to dinner at Eddie Vs in Tampa following previous Panthers game — before holding the Redskins to 16 points — the defense did it a second time at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

“Building that whole brotherhood as a defense is a big thing,” Elliott said. “That environment where you really lean and know and trust in each other, it makes a difference. Just coming together having fun, then bringing that to work and to the practice field, it was a good thing for us.”

After talking to Elliott, Joe asked McCoy about whether it was just a couple of expensive dinners or something more for the defense.

McCoy acknowledged that he paid the giant dinner tab and thanked Team Glazer for paying him generously so he could afford it. Players got to order whatever they wanted, as McCoy flexed some leadership muscles.

“I’ve been doing this for a while, so sometimes a vet has to be a vet and make vet decisions,” McCoy said with a smirk. “It may or may not be working. You know, I don’t know. I think it’s just dinner. Take what you want from that.”

“When you play the game to make sure the man next to you is successful, that’s when the team has success,” McCoy also said.

Joe asked a couple other defensive players about the all-defense dining, and they seemed to think it was valuable time — more than just a meal.

Perhaps it was.

46 Responses to “Was It The Dinner?”

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    CLOWN ^

  2. ATrain Says:

    Oh Yea
    It was McCoy

    His name wasn’t mentioned once today

    16 million dollar GHOST

  3. Dapostman Says:

    Why not? Bonding in sports is important for success. If the players feel it brings them closer together and where they are playing for each other maybe they should do it more often.

  4. Mike10 Says:

    I may be the most critical of Geraldine, but he played well today.

  5. JimmyJack Says:

    McCoy I’m ready to take back what I said about you. But first I need to see you play as good as you done today for the last quarter of the season. I need 4 games strong. 3 aren’t good enough.

  6. Buc407 Says:

    Like mankins bbq??

  7. JimmyJack Says:

    And I believe JPP is rubbing off on Gerald. And I believe Gerald looks up to JPP to help him captain this team. And I believe that Gerald and Jason are BFFs and JPP even played with Gerald’s dolls once.

  8. JimmyJack Says:

    The only reason McCoys name wasn’t called today is because Collinsworth wasn’t doing the color.

  9. Guzzie Says:

    What does McCoy know about team success

  10. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Clown? What does that mean?

    GMC should probably get credit for two picks today when he hit Cams plant leg and messed up the throw. Was he clowning around then? Ronde called him out in a good way more than once…or maybe he was calling him a clown.

    He already has six sacks this year…perhaps that’s just him clowning around.

    I’m not sure what makes some of you get so personal with ad hom attacks. I’m not sure what GMC has ever done to some folks here…because he wasn’t Warren Sapp?

    He was selected right behind Suh and simply google and check their career numbers..they are comparable! I wonder if Suh gets as much vitriol from the three cities where he played? Nah because he kicks guys when they’re down…the mark of a “real’ man and a great player. Wonder why Suh is on his third team already….great player eh.

    Why does it always get so personal here. Because FACTUALLY the GMC bashers got NOTHIN’.

  11. JimmyJack Says:

    Gerald…..Did you see what JPP did after Hump dropped the game away? He did what makes a player elite……….But Gerald, JPP can not be expected to do that every week. He needs he teammates to help carry the load.

    So Gerald, since you are the captain,can you tell us? Whose going to make the big play next week when it’s do or die?

  12. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    I get when you don’t like a player. I get it. But part of being an adult is giving respect where respect is due. Whether you like a guy or not, he is a player on YOUR TEAM.
    The first 2 posers either didn’t watch the game or are still in underoos.
    GMC set up 2 critical INTs.
    Lots of very knowledgeable fans, but for everyone of those is someone who just has no clue what they are watching.
    Bunch of trolling, highlight watching fake fans

  13. Tut Says:

    GMC was hitting/pressuring Cam on 2 of the INT’s. It was a great game and not all stats show up to these armchair GM’s.

  14. Bucsfan77 Says:

    McCarthy for head coach

  15. Bucsfan77 Says:

    McCarthy for head coach Maybe

  16. jim Says:

    gerald made play after play today, he had a couple great pressures that led to INTS

    nice job gerald and the pass rush

  17. sandwichman Says:


    Really? I mean really? It was the dinner?…………….Really? You guys are better than this.

  18. Mikey Says:

    Good stuff. The more together they can be, the better!

  19. Rod Munch Says:

    He reads comic books. GRRRR!!!!!

  20. Mikey Says:

    @sandwichman – The dinner is significant and symbolizes an action by the entire defense to invest more into each other. It’s potentially a major turning point, and we should be appreciative of the top shelf coverage we have come to know with JNF 👍

  21. Mikey Says:


  22. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Literally 2 of the picks that Cam threw were a result of pressure by McCoy. You’re so clueless that you’re really not even worth arguing with. This is why you can’t and never will be taken seriously. How does it feel to be so worthless that you have to dedicate time out of your life to be a clown? You’re a joke to all of us that actually watch the game and cheer for the Bucs.

  23. ATrain Says:

    Don’t praise GMC equals troll


    Even Barber stated during the game haven’t heard McCoy name

    MCCOY should be talked about as much as JPP

    JPP is elite
    McCoy is good

  24. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo thinks a few tacos would be better….saving the money for tips for Pablo’s table dancing….that’s what Pablo thinks. Pablo also thinks that Bucs getting Santos making the difference”

  25. ATrain Says:

    What a minute
    Alaskan your right McCoy had a good game

    Wish you gave Vea as much respect

  26. GhostofSchiano Says:

    He smiles at the mention of Rod Munch gggrrrrrrrr

  27. GhostofSchiano Says:

    He ordered double ice cream for dessert gggggrrrrrr

  28. ATrain Says:

    I wonder why GMC is not in on the very important last play

  29. CT Buc's fan. Says:

    The Glazer’s should take us ALL to Ruth’s Chris Steak House after suffering through what we had to deal with this season.

  30. tnew Says:

    An unmentioned (at least to me) factor is the absence of a middle linebacker that is trying to make every play himself. I love what Kwon does as far as being a vocal leader but he a LVD do not work well together. If Beckwith was for sure healthy, I’m pretty sure Kwon doesn’t come back. He is a hard decision.

  31. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “I wonder why GMC is not in on the very important last play”


    Hahahahaha. He played every play in the 4th quarter, including the last play. My goodness you’re pathetic.

  32. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “Even Barber stated during the game haven’t heard McCoy name”


    Actually, here is what Barber stated, “Gerald McCoy, he doesn’t have a sack today, but he has been very impactful on those last 2 interceptions”. Keep on making yourself look stupid.

  33. Mikey Says:

    Nice work, Hawaiian!

  34. Sumo Says:

    All the guys on here that bash McCoy are like little kids that need someone to pick on to make them feel important. The guy has played for our losing team his entire career trying to make a difference. You guys just don’t get it. He’s done the best he can and management knows it. That’s why he gets paid.

  35. Bobby Says:


  36. Bucsdelight Says:

    I’m really surprised at some folks around here that think just because these guys are professionals, all they have to do is show up and they play as one strong unit. Nah, it don’t work like that. They have to come together and gel as a unit so they are confident in each other. If that means going to dinner together, then so be it. Hell, i’m not going to complain based on what I’ve been seeing so far.

  37. JimmyJack Says:

    JPP told McCoy that he was his favorite teammate ever. He wasn’t lying either. JPP and Gerald are now best friends for life. JPP even played with Gerald’s toys once.

  38. Warthog Says:

    I wonder if Joe is proud at the way the comments on his stories have become a festering swamp of trolling, where after a win the most pressing thing on the mind of many posters is to spew garbage about how they were right and others were wrong?

    Great fanbase here.

  39. Warthog Says:

    Joe could drain this swamp with some firmer moderation, if he chose.

  40. martinii Says:

    Looked to me like GMC and JPP and Vita, and Carl were busting their butts on every play.

  41. ATrain Says:


    Umm No the very last play he is not in the game

    Try recording a game so you can look back

    Oh yes Ronde did say he was important however you left out the start of the statement “Have no heardMcCoys name this game but”

    The But is where he saves his friend
    I heard Nassib name
    But not the Million dollar man

    The Elite One who’s best contribution was setting up a dinner

    You guys will blindly follow


    If you want to see what an Elite DT looks like maybe look at the Rams Game

  42. Bucsfanman Says:

    Harsh! Geez, guys! The d-line looks to be finally jelling and people are picking apart GMC because he didn’t make the stat sheet?!

    ATrain- I will acquiesce that GMC has not played as we expected. That said, the d-line put a LOT of pressure on Cam yesterday and “money-bags” was one of the players applying it.
    LOT of contributions from a LOT of different players….finally!

  43. ATrain Says:

    Bucs Fan

    Yes the line was heads above their usual play

    But Vea gets all kind of beat up on here and he’s brand new

    GMC gets a pass all the time

    But I agree Defense was on all the way around

  44. Bucsfanman Says:

    ATrain- I know where you’re coming from. All good!
    I wish we would have seen this level of play sooner. Who knows what might’ve happened?!
    Not for nothing, but it seems to me like since the rook has gotten healthier, the d-line play has been better. Just an observation.

  45. Tampa Bay Demon Says:


    Sorry but I don’t think Atrain will know what “acquiesce” means. 😉

  46. adam from ny Says:

    “if you’re treatin’ i’m eatin’…that’s the motto…

    mccoy makin’ moves for the mosse