“Back Is Against The Wall”

May 15th, 2019

What does it all mean?

NFL players love to put out cryptic messages on social media. Joe is not sure why.

So Joe doesn’t know how to take the latest from Bucs stud defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

We all know GMC is caught in the middle of a staredown between Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht and Browns shot-caller John Dorsey. Dorsey wants GMC, if you believe speculation out of Canton (not the Hall of Fame).

The Bucs are in salary cap hell. So GMC’s $13 million salary knots up them up so badly they cannot sign their entire rookie draft class. Dorsey, however, doesn’t want to choke on GMC’s salary so he’s hovering like a buzzard waiting for Licht to toss out GMC’s carcass.

GMC, who has not attended any voluntary workouts at One Buc Palace for reasons not quite clear, took to Instagram yesterday with a message that sounds like it’s from a dude in a fight for his life or with a family member in distress.

geraldini93: When your back is against the wall, there is one thing to do, stand and fight……….

What the hell?

Joe has no earthly idea what GMC is getting at. Whatsoever. Is there an IRS agent banging on his door in the dark of the night? Has one of his children been kidnapped? Did some IT geek jam his laptop with ransomware?

What exactly is GMC going to fight for? It’s not his call whether he plays for the Bucs next year.

What’s he going to do, jump Licht as he is leaving One Buc Palace at the end of a day? Cut the gas line on Bucco Bruce Arians’ boat so he gets stranded in the middle of a Georgia lake in July? Vandalize Todd Bowles’ car?

Besides, if GMC is released, he gets to pick where he plays next year. And if he is traded to the Browns, he likely will finally play for a winning team again.

Interestingly, a lot of current and ex-NFL players rushed to GMC’s side (?) in the comments, including Warren Sapp and Bobby Rainey. But again, what exactly is GMC supposed to fight for?

Unless GMC’s message is not related to football, this just makes no sense to Joe.


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When your back is against the wall, there is one thing to do, stand and fight……….

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60 Responses to ““Back Is Against The Wall””

  1. Lord Corn Says:


  2. westernbuc Says:

    He probably won’t jump Licht but I’d pay to see him use Tmax as a tackling dummy

  3. Buczilla Says:

    My guess is that the Browns want Gerald to renegotiate his contract before agreeing to any trade and he’s having none of it. He’s doing what’s right for himself and his family (as he should), but ultimately he is hurting my team and I cannot support him. My loyalty is to the Buccaneer franchise despite the numerous dumb moves by ownership for more than a decade. I will never adopt the “follow the player, not the team” philosophy my wife uses to get me to watch the NBA with her. Free agency killed that damn sport for me. ^_^

    I’d wait this out until the last day of the trade deadline and if I didn’t get a favorable offer, I’d pay him his money and place him on the inactive list every week. There are at least a dozen below average players that we could cut in order to pay our rookies. As cool as Gerald seems to be, it’s time to make an example out of him. Team first.*\0/*

  4. LakeLand Says:

    GMC has the winning hand
    And he knows this
    If they cut him he picks his team
    If they trade him he get $13 million

    No way he should renegotiate his contract

  5. Race to 10 Says:

    I’ve never seen a player more desperate in a pathetic attempt to keep his bloated salary. He’s made close to 100 million and has been the staple of a losing franchise and a lost generation.

    Dude always crying and over emotional, I didn’t realize they made football players this soft. What little respect I had for him just disappeared. He ain’t interested in anything but money and he don’t care anything about this team because we know from the history of this gm if the money there he will pay regardless of production. Hang on to him as long as possible just for the hell of it. I want us to cut him and make the playoffs just to find him on Twitter and laugh at his pain because he’s going to the highest bidder and doesn’t care about playoffs, the less games he plays the better is his mentality

  6. SenileSenior Says:

    Well, I am glad to see that some of our fans appreciate GMC.

    I’ve seen many of these kinds of “divorces” in the NFL over the years. They are never pretty for the fans. The NFL is an entertainment business enterprise.

    I stopped following MLB and the NBA years ago, each when it was no longer enjoyable for me.

  7. LakeLand Says:

    If the Bucs keep GMC he get $13 million
    If they trade him he get $13 million
    If they release him he picks his team (get new contract)

    GMC has great options
    The Bucs has poor options
    It’s hard to find a team willing to trade for GMC and his contract

  8. Architek79 Says:

    What a drama queen…

  9. Dirks Great Granpappy Says:

    Oh my god who the hell cares

  10. Clean House Says:

    I like GMC sticking it to Licht. I want Licht out of here ASAP.
    Losing, dancing, alllof it is better than Licht’s incompetence.

    PLEASE do a fan poll- Who would you rather see go GMC or the Dunce King Licht

  11. FLyBoy Says:

    I might be a little confused or its the meds from my knee surgery from a couple days ago but wasnt GMC told to stay away but BA said he only will discuss players that are present with the team.

  12. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    Yeah, he’s already got $100 million reasons his “back is against the wall”

    Get rid of this guy.

  13. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Jason Gump is such poor GM, you should have traded this guy 2 years ago & at the latest last trade deadline along w desean, kwon, and humphries. Basic laws of supply & demand pointed that out. Now GMC will be playing for andy reid or belichek, or if he had a middle finger, go sign w the saints or falcons and get to still play in ray jay

  14. J Says:

    Pretty sure GMC has said, “business is business” before so now he doesn’t LIKE the business? Kinda funny.

  15. Magadude Says:

    I like GMC, but he certainly seems to often manufacture his own “world is against me” saga. He’s in a good position actually. Seems like he is just talking to try to get sympathy to bolster his support, but looks like a fool doing it. Shut up, GMC, and let your handlers work the deal.

  16. Pryda...Sec147 Says:

    Such a Flipping LOSER cry gmc cry seems like he learned some #Diva moves from Mesean

  17. JL Says:

    This guy is a straight Bitcl-l!! It’s time for Muppet Man to go…

  18. BucEmUp Says:

    He probably spent money he hadnt got yet and knows he is screwed who knows

  19. Bird Says:


    I agree. Mccoy has the upper hand.
    Just like arians is throwing out head scratching not so positive comments …McCoy is doing the same. Stare down at OK Corral.

    Western buc

    Start a “go jump me “ page for you know who . I would throw in a 20 spot. I can’t use his name or it goes into moderation. That was funny though. Thanks for the laugh.

  20. Bird Says:

    Well. Still went into moderation for even thinking about him

  21. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Much of this drama with GMC should have been handled better. It appears the Bucs have done more communicating through the media than talking directly to
    the player. Fans have blamed GMC for the bad defense. One poster even went so far as to lay blame on JPP ,not for his injury but for the bad defense. Jason Licht
    is the one responsible for thinking one or two pieces ill fitting players would fix this defense.This defense needs emergency overhaul because its been neglected for years.

  22. Defense Rules Says:

    McCoy’s cryptic Instagram message probably makes no sense to any of us Joe because we don’t have all the background. No idea what’s happening behind the scenes, so it’s impossible to know where these ‘negotiations’ are at.

    One thing seems quite likely though IMO: it’s PERSONAL now, and that’s never a good thing when it comes to BUSINESS negotiations. This whole ‘game of chicken’ is turning ugly it appears, and the longer it drags on the more likely the result is chicken sh_t. Disgruntled players don’t do themselves or the team any good.

    Bucs’ DLine will be hurting this season without GMC AND JPP … UNLESS we can pick up quality veteran DE & DT via trades or when the inevitable cutdowns occur in late Aug/early Sep. Gaining GMC’s $13 mil salary RIGHT NOW wouldn’t help any it seems, because the quality players we’ll NEED aren’t available via FA yet. Everyone needs to be patient; let it play out. But in the end, it appears that the bridges are being burnt and it’s best now if GMC moves on.

  23. Phil Says:

    They just need to cut him and move on.

  24. Totally Exonerated Says:

    Looks like he’s pretending to be Batman.

  25. SR Says:

    Hey Joe, on that very same Instagram post, G-Mac’s wife leaves a very interesting comment. It reads “I’m trying to figure out why they think you want to stay in Tampa. Completely misinformed. Media will screw you over every time.” That’s a very telling quote, especially coming from arguably the closes source.

  26. Ndog Says:

    I love how everyone is sooooo sure the Browns are going to be good. Ok….

  27. Bucnjim Says:

    Probably wants no part of the Browns or what they are willing to pay. Other teams are waiting for him to be cut so they can negotiate when the new market price is set.

  28. passthebuc Says:

    Joe. it means he is not willing to change his contract.

  29. Bob in Valrico Says:

    The only question left is how many new starters will be in the back seven. With
    the new draft picks and free agents it possible that at least 4 out of seven of last years starters will be replaced at some point in the coming season. Thats on Jason Licht in one frustrated fans opinion. Hope we finally turn this defense and team around.

  30. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Poor poor pitiful me
    Poor poor pitiful me
    Oh these boys won’t let me be
    Lord have mercy on me
    Woe woe is me

    -Linda Ronstadt

  31. gotbbucs Says:

    He’s making a sad attempt at trying to get released.

    He has never had any interest in playing in a 34 defense. Arians is going to make him show up before he cuts him.

  32. DooshLaRue Says:

    Don’t make me laugh Softie…….


  33. Ed Says:

    Too many players overvalue their worth, if he does not renegotiate his contract it’s highly likely no one will trade for him. Then when he is cut his new contract could be less than a renegotiated one so he could make it easier to cut a sign and trade deal with the Bucs otherwise he loses on the FA market.

    Last year’s film shows him chasing quarterbacks more than hitting them but he still can bring pressure without hitting QB. Not much of a factor in stopping running game.

    In today’s NFL he’s a $6-$9 million contract with incentives to go over $10 million.

  34. ATrain Says:

    In True form for GMC “Crying”


    Your not worth 13 million PERIOD

    So if you want to play renegotiate You would probably get a better deal

    If the Bucs just cut you then your price will lower because Not many teams are looking for a Good 31 year old DT. Just ask Suh

    This Instagram TOUGH post are ridiculous
    Watch YouTube GMC made the highlights for apologizing to Ben PATHETIC

  35. Stonedbuc Says:

    GMC is just like a GMC, a fake Chevy. Take your pay cut and play ball, It would be amazing if veterans understood that hey sometimes you have to take a pay cut for the best interest of the Team. I’m member when Jamies was a rookie and was down to take a pay cut to sign some players. Self centered players will never prosper. GMC will grow sick with guilt and regret throughout his life for doing this.

  36. Buc believer Says:

    GMC needs to take his bottle and blankie and go take his little nappie in his crib.

  37. Joe Says:


    Arians angrily denied he told GMC to stay home.

  38. Bucs_in_Spain Says:

    @Joe, check the comment on that Instagram post from who appears to be his wife. Think he’s waiting for a release 🙁

  39. Destinjohnny Says:

    Devin is our leader now boys
    Louisiana tuff

  40. Nick Says:

    Back against the wall ? He has taken over a 100M out of Tampa. They ask for a little consideration and this is what we get? Good bye loser.

  41. Unimpressed Says:

    He’s basically saying he’s not taking a pay cut. Duh.

  42. Snook Says:

    What a chump. Most overrated player in Buccaneers history.

  43. John5 Says:

    He edited the post though. He originally said something like, “when your back is against the wall, there is one thing to do, turn around and start swinging.” All of the Instagram trolls were quick to point out that his post meant he’d be punching the wall lol.

  44. Mike Johnson Says:

    And whose fault is it Our Bucs are in salary cap Hell? Hello? Paging Mr Licht.
    I don’t blame GMC for wanting his money. And he;s gonna get something close to it from some team. He played his string out and honored his contract. But now that You have to..Pay the man, you cry wolf? Either way, he gets paid. teams are just waiting for his release. And please tell me who we have along the D line who is better than GMC? I’ll wait while You..prepare your lie. With all of this drama, I would demand to leave these Bucs. I hope GMC goes on to play for a contender people. It won’t..be the 1st time we have had players to go on and crap on us.

  45. danr Says:

    Joe, seriously here. sure he is being dramatic, but he is merely trying to justify outloud his tactic of playing hardball. He must honestly feel that there is more than one team out there who would want him if he was cut. teams that he could coax into a bidding war. (i think he is wrong, how is SUH doing with that)

    I dont blame him for feeling like he is fighting for his family, (as he is) and that people are vilifying him for it (they are) its all business. But this business is souring more fans against him than him in a kimono did.

  46. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    I can translate it for you Joe. What he’s saying is…..actually nobody gives a crap what he has to say.

  47. chopshopp Says:


    Even if he gets cut, who’s going to pay him 13M in 2019? Nobody will trade for him, so there’s no 13M there either. The dude has to renegotiate.

    I would rather the Bucs, if McSofty agrees, renegotiate the contract on an incentive basis. A put-your-money-where-your-ego is deal. Otherwise cut the loser. BA doesn’t seem to be the type that wants players apologizing mid-hit. GMC is not worth 13M, JPP or no JPP.

  48. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    He’s under contract. Not a big deal, and we can free up money elsewhere. Easily.

  49. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    chopshopp Says:
    “Nobody will trade for him, so there’s no 13M there either.”

    Teams will pay the $13m…they are less inclined to pay it AND give up draft capital.

    Bucs will likely pay the $13m anyway. We sort of need him at this point, and no way does Suh settle for less than the $13m. That man is pure greed.

  50. Me? Says:

    bad post

  51. danr Says:

    I dont know that suh is getting that many…. sniffs. to put in Joe’s phraseology.

  52. Tim GILPIN Says:

    Look I have met GMC and he is a really good guy and I hope he is getting sound advice. The Bucs cannot pay him his 13 mil and it is not guaranteed, I have heard he will take less with it all being guaranteed (what that is I have no clue). On the open market GMC at best is looking at a 8 mil dollar prove it 1 yr deal.

    As the team goes Licht did this to himself with overpaying some guys and not looking ahead. The Bucs need to:
    1. Trade GMC if there is any real offer out there or release the guy.
    2. Find out the exact deal with JPP, if he cannot play look at contract options for non-football related injuries/IR him.
    3. Make a move for one of the guys that is still out there (Suh? not a fan, but he can still play and probably could be had at a two yr 14 mil dollar deal with something like 6 mil guaranteed)
    4. Start scouting the QBs in next years draft so that if JW has a bad year you have a plan, or if JW has a Pro-bowl year and you cannot afford him.

  53. Brandon Says:

    We should have put his back against the wall when he played DT for us… we would have loved to see him stand and fight.

  54. GOBucs Says:

    Your spot on Buczilla. This has everything to do w a renegotiate to play with anyone and it’s about less this year with less garunteed for next two years. Whether it’s Bucs or browns.

  55. Cobraboy Says:

    Real Men don’t do drama.

    Lost respect.

    What a whining Drama Queen.

  56. Neal Says:

    “And if he is traded to the Browns, he likely will finally play for a winning team again.” I love how the Browns win 7 games and they are a “winning team” all of the sudden….

  57. Section 219 Row A Says:

    I still cringe when I recall him being interviewed by the media, when we scrimmaged against the Pats, during the Schiano era. “ Umm, excuse me, Mr. Brady, uh hee hee, could you let us get in our 3 point stances before you snap the ball? Hee hee.”
    He was an awestruck fanboy who got his make-a-wish moment.

  58. Joe Says:

    Section 219 Row A:

    That was a game, not a scrimmage.

  59. Section 219 Row A Says:


    If that’s the case, then that makes it even more cringe worthy.

  60. ronteco Says:

    F&@k this guy. Where was this attitude when we needed him in the trenches.