Lay Off GMC!

May 8th, 2019

Defends GMC.

The Sunday outburst by Gerald McCoy on Instagram about some perceived slight is still making waves in #NFLMedia.

Monday, the creator, curator and overall guru of Pro Football Talk, the great Mike Florio, expressed his concern on his NBC Sports Network weekday morning show, “PFT Live,” that GMC is needlessly risking injury that could jeopardize his $13 million salary for this season.

Former Bucs quarterback Chris Simms, co-hosting the show, believes GMC has earned the right not to attend voluntary workouts if he so chooses and the loud GMC critics need to back off.

“We shouldn’t question guys like Gerald McCoy, though,” Simms began. “A lot of the veteran players we see missing voluntary workouts and things like that. Gerald McCoy, at the point where he is at in his career, nine years in the NFL, he understands what it takes to be ready for an NFL football season.

“Also, with guys like this and Odell Beckham, Jr. and Gerald McCoy, guys who know what it is to be successful and what it takes to be successful in the NFL, yeah, they have a little money in their pocket too. So a lot of the times, yeah, they are willing to pay a few extra dollars to have their own personal trainer instead of one guy who is training 90 players and all different positions and trying to piece together workouts this way to where yeah, the guys who have earned their stripes and a little bit of money, they go, ‘No, screw you. I know what I need to do to train and I am going to get a guy who specifically makes me good at my position.’

“So that is also the battle that is fought sometimes with these types of players in these scenarios.”

This is a very interesting point Simms made about team trainers and strength and conditioning coaches. It makes sense but it may be too simplistic and Simms should know better. Joe is confident the conditioning staff of the Bucs has tailored workout regimes individualized for each and every veteran on the team to get the most out of them at their respective positions.

But yeah, Joe can understand if a player prefers to have a private trainer focused solely on him for hours a day.

And there is also a word people tend to forget in the hand-wringing over guys not showing up for underwear football in May.


39 Responses to “Lay Off GMC!”

  1. Race to10 Says:

    No issue with that but funny how he’s not called out for being weak minded. Not only does he have to say and show he works out but he even feels the need to have to say he’s a good father lol Geraldine is the definition of weak minded and there’s nothing anyone can do to change that. Remind me of guys looking for validation saying I take care of my kids, I pay my child support!!! It’s what you are expected to do and supposed to do that includes top flight athletes working out.

    P.S. it ain’t your work ethic that makes you average it’s your mental state and saying your not a 13 mil a year guy isn’t disrespectful it’s just reality and even with the injury to JPP that weak mentality would infect the roster so still time to move on

  2. SCBucsFan Says:

    If McCoy was sitting home eating cheetos in his kimono I’d think that was an issue… training on his own is a non issue.

  3. Bobby M. Says:

    If they truly wanted him there or had a concern, it would have been structured in his contract with workout incentives…McCoy seems to be doing his usual of trying to remain relevant just after we draft a highly touted defensive player that will walk in that locker room and take over. He did the same when Winston came to town…McCoy enjoys the spot light and might be struggling with the idea his time is ending.

  4. Wombat Says:

    Yeah, no need for GMC to learn a new defense with a completely new staff… he is cool with that

  5. Hodad Says:

    Thought Sims lost his spleen, not his brain?

  6. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    Bucs have been leaderless and pathetic on defense his whole career here. They can be like that with or without him

    If McCoy wanted to be here and win he’d take a pay cut

  7. SCBucsFan Says:

    Loyaltotheend because you would take a pay cut at work so your work team would work better. SMH.

  8. NOSBOS Says:

    TramaMurse if I sent you some info detailing what you call the sun is indeed a nuclear reactor would you read it???

  9. The Buc Realist Says:

    It would be worse for the Team if she-mc was in camp!!!!!!!! and will be really bad if she took a pay cut and was in a new defense that does not feature her!!!!!!! A worst business decision would be to renegotiate she-mc to have her in a defense that clearly she will not want to be in, rolling eyes and say backhanded insults to all the players with her passive-aggressive attitude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    she-mc has complained in every defense that was not some form of the obsolete tampa2 that featured her as the under tackle!!!!!!!!!!! WHY would any DC want that??????????

    Time to let Her go so she-mc can b!tch some place else!!!!!!!!!!!

    2019 will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. BamaRich Says:

    Joe, why haven’t we looked into Chris Jones from KC? They paid a lot of money to Frank Clark and Chris Jones is a year younger at only 24 years old.

  11. Kaptain Morgan Says:

    JPP also didn’t attend voluntary workouts. Hardly anyone clamored about that (though in hindsight maybe if he did attend he might not have been in South Florida with his car accident issue, but I digress…)

    Again don’t put it all on a new defense and a new scheme, because again using JPP as an example, he skipped all voluntary workouts last year with his “new team” and actually improved from his last year with the Giants to his first year with the Bucs. Bottom line is GMC has been around the league long enough to know most defenses and if has earned the right too to attend voluntary workouts or not if he so chooses.

  12. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “Yeah, no need for GMC to learn a new defense with a completely new staff… he is cool with that”


    Do you really think a DT entering his 10th year really is not going to be able to learn a new defense? And do you believe that they are really installing that much in May? Guys like JPP and GMC can pick up any defense in no time, especially GMC who has played for so many different coaches. Bowles has shown to be a great coordinator, but I promise you he hasn’t re-invented the wheel.

  13. Chris Simms 2020 GM Says:

    Nice picture.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I have a slightly different take on this……I think it speaks highly for veterans to attend OTAs…….sure, it is voluntary & they can get their own trainers but attendance….especially voluntary is what leadership & team is all about.

  15. Nick Says:

    Ok, so ever other year it was good enough for him???? Now his sucking his thumb like the big baby that he is he has his own trainer.

    Joe this guy is and has been the problem, sorry.

    Great talent with a loser mindset = loser

  16. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    How do you know he is even welcome at these workouts? I know Arians said he didn’t tell him not to be there, but how do you know someone else on the coaching staff or front office didn’t? We don’t know the real story, so don’t be so quick to judge.

  17. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:


    If I take a paycut and the money is used to improve the team around me and make my job easier and the team more successful, which benefits us all then hell yes. What forward thinking logical adult wouldn’t?

  18. LakeLand Says:

    Reading Comprehension

    voluntary meaning: of your own free will or design; done by choice; not forced or compelled

  19. Isaac haggins Says:

    Simms does a Great Job but he’s missing the subject entirely!!! No One Cares about GMC missing workouts it’s his mouth, persona, lack of ON THE FIELD PRODUCTION, his fake ways , his hypocritical 180 degrees actions/ ca big fat mouth that never stops and not once , NOT ONCE caries out on the field what the big fat mouth babbles and spews every off season , oh ya the clear lack of leadership!!!

    Wake Up Chris , he’s a nice Guy , prob a great neighbor , bad captain type leader teammate !!!

    Every fan would love the guy if he would shut his little boy mouth and just play man football …….. We don’t give a rats ass how hard her works because that is to be expected nor reveered !!!

  20. 813bucboi Says:

    didnt simms say the other day gmc should be at camp working out?….now he’s saying lay off him…

    talk about playing the fence….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  21. Isaac haggins Says:

    Not revered !!!

  22. BamaRich Says:

    Chris Jones, DE, Kansas City Chiefs

  23. tmaxcon Says:

    cancer93 has captained the worst defensive units in NFL history not just bucs sorry history…. get this selfish me first distraction off the roster give the kids a chance without cancer93 soft arse

  24. Bucsfanman Says:

    LakeLand- Thank you for that! It seems to be lost in these conversations.
    GMC really doesn’t do himself any favors by running his mouth. I dare say that many “detractors” would probably be less apt to criticize if he wasn’t ALWAYS sticking his beak in it.

  25. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Well, after watching his crappy effort last season it ain’t workin’.

  26. Mike Johnson Says:

    I hope GMC does move on. And I hope he does so with a contender and gets paid.
    Just go back and check our Bucs track record for players who went on to win SB’s with other teams. Coaches too! Bucs are in trouble defensively upfront. They would be wise to patch up things with GMC now. And bring him back into the fold..before its to late. But then again..We are the Bucs. BucLife baby!

  27. danr Says:

    dont forget the insurance.

    You get injured training at the palace- your salary is a little more guaranteed usually. And free medical to cover it.

    You get injured at life fitness? welcome to the non football injury list.

  28. Doug Says:

    Please move on from this guy, he’s a total fraud and BA knows it.

  29. tmaxcon Says:

    Mike Johnson Says:
    May 8th, 2019 at 10:54 am

    I hope GMC does move on. And I hope he does so with a contender and gets paid.
    Just go back and check our Bucs track record for players who went on to win SB’s with other teams. Coaches too! Bucs are in trouble defensively upfront. They would be wise to patch up things with GMC now. And bring him back into the fold..before its to late. But then again..We are the Bucs. BucLife baby

    so when cancer93 goes to another team and fails are you buying beers????

  30. #1bucsfan Says:

    Tmaxipad there’s only 1 tiny bit of truth that comes out of that trash hole you call a mouth an that is yea he has bin apart of a losing team for the last decade but you must be to sick thinking about your boy toy McCoy to put the blame all on his shoulders. It’s a team sport to say he’s the reason why the Bucs loose is idiotic an just really stupid thinking. I do ageee he should take a pay cut but to off him is just plain stupid. Who replaces him vea. Sorry vea hasn’t proven anything an you also say McCoy makes players worse that’s also not tru look at jpp last year. Sorry tmaxipad but you have no clue what you speak of i feel sorry for who ever comes in contact with you

  31. Buccfan37 Says:

    GMC already had the $13 million deposited in his mind bank. Thus the pouting.

  32. tmaxcon Says:


    he is a locker cancer that sucks the life out of every FREE AGENT, COACH or draft pick that walks in the door. cancer93 is the face of the basement years… everything I speak is truth you just choose to lower your standards and live in denial

  33. DB55 Says:


    Clinton McDonald did a pretty good job of replacing gmc at 1/8 the cost.

  34. DB55 Says:

    Remember when gmc said he wasn’t moving positions for Aaron Donald? What a nut.

  35. Defense Rules Says:

    @Loyaltotheend Section 312 … “If I take a paycut and the money is used to improve the team around me and make my job easier and the team more successful, which benefits us all then hell yes. What forward thinking logical adult wouldn’t?”

    I’m surprised SCbucsfan didn’t call BS on that one Loyaltotheend. Family to feed and all that, and you’re going to voluntarily take a pay cut so that some billionaire can supposedly up the talent level on his team? Ya sure you are. It’s easy to talk big when it’s not YOUR money on the line.

    Gerald McCoy signed a CONTRACT with the Bucs that extends through 2021. That CONTRACT calls for him to be paid roughly $13 mil per year. In the early years of his CONTRACT he probably could’ve made more than he did (Suh sure did), but he & the Bucs spread it out fairly evenly over 7 years, which worked to the Bucs advantage when it came to salary Cap. Now you want GMC to VOLUNTARILY agree to less money than that CONTRACT calls for, all because our Mastermind GM has maneuvered us into salary Cap he11? Ya right.

    The basis of negotiating … and re-negotiating … CONTRACTS is to create Win-Win situations. That takes BOTH sides negotiating in good faith. The Bucs IMO have been attempting to sabotage GMC’s ‘value’ by their statements in the media. That’s NOT the basis of negotiating in good faith in my book. Apparently not in GMC’s book either.

  36. #1bucsfan Says:

    Not in denial bro just know that what you speak is not truth didn’t see jpp have a bad year last year it’s not gmc fault that mike Smith had a historically bad defense. You put the blame on one person which is not the truth again you are wrong. The only thing that is a little bit of truth is the glazers have sucked sense Malcom past

    DB55 yea he did do a good job but he’s not on the roster lol

  37. Couch Fan Says:

    LMAO @ family to feed. Yea because McCoy is so hurting for money. Go head and keep making excuses but if GMC was the leader, and great team guy that you all try to make him out to be then a restructure should be a no brainer and the right thing to do for the team. But we all know you fan boys are full of crap and so is GMC. Cut the over rated, over paid and over the hill vet who has been apart of the leader of the worst Dlines in the league the last 10 years. Let him go to philly and play half @$$ and watch how the philly fans ridicule him the first time they see him smiling and dancing on the sidelines during losses. He’ll be begging to come back to Tampa. BTW I dont care that he missed voluntary OTAs. Dude fights harder on social media to the fans than he ever has on the football field.

  38. chopshopp Says:

    I don’t blame GMC for not being at OBP. None of the coaches have committed to him even though I agree his salary doesn’t equal his play.

    Would anyone show up voluntarily when you know your new boss can’t commit that you’re valuable to the team after you’ve been contributing to the company for 9 years?

    Btw, anyone saying he *should* take a pay cut, that’s not how the NFL works. It’s the same NFL that nullifies your entire salary if you have an NFI, the same NFL that will send you packing if someone better comes around, the same NFL that escalates your salary at the backend of your contract in case the team can use you and replace you with someone younger before the salary escalates, etc.

    Players are replaceable. They know that. You can’t say someone has enough money when the system makes 100x what the highest player makes. You can’t blame the player for wanting to maximize his earning potential at the end of his career when the contract was drawn up that way.

    Don’t let your hate impair thinking from a player’s perspective.

  39. chopshopp Says:

    One other thing, he’s under contract. It’s not his fault we’re in cap hell and a new coaching staff is stifled with the new pieces they can get.

    For fans, we expect players to play for the team and the city. For players, it’s a business. How many players get to play for their favorite/hometown team? They mainly play for the money and the love of the game. What else are they gonna do? Not everyone is Brad Culpepper.

    Bottom Line…..players and fans don’t have the same POV.