“I Don’t Think He Has Much Gas Left”

June 11th, 2019

On fumes?

A former NFL general manager is of the mind the Stinking Panthers made a big mistake.

Of course, we all know last week Carolina signed former Bucs stud defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. This sparked jubilation among the loud crowd of Bucs fans who have hollered for a decade to get rid of GMC. They finally got their wish.

Well, it’s hard to categorize Michael Lombardi as a GMC hater. But he believes GMC is all but toast as an NFL player. And all he needed to come to this conclusion was to hear were words from Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians.

The former NFL executive and coffee-fetcher for Bill Walsh, Al Davis and Bill Belicheat, who also ran the Cleveland Browns, thinks Carolina may just wave goodbye to GMC after the 2019 season.

“I don’t think he has much gas left,” said Lombardi in his latest edition of his podcast “GM Shuffle,” published just before GMC signed with Carolina. “I think whoever signs this guy will be looking for a tackle.

“He could be a progress stopper. He hasn’t been in camp. If you are not in camp, your legs have no juice. Our man the boxer the other day [Anthony Joshua], he lost his legs, he couldn’t really function, right? Once you lose your legs you can’t get it back and at his age?

“I think people see the name and don’t realize he didn’t play well.”

Lombardi added Arians is too good of a coach to just toss aside good defensive players (unlike someone Bucs fans know too well). That was Lombardi’s tipoff that GMC is done.

“Bruce Arians said he doesn’t fit. What does that tell you?” Lombardi said. “Seriously, how does he not fit? Right? All good defensive players can fit somewhere. He rushes the passer. He doesn’t fit? That’s one of the great lines of all time.”

Of course, time will tell if GMC is out of gas or not. Lombardi hinted that behind the scenes teams were not that active in bidding for GMC and that GMC’s agent was doing a superb job of dropping hints with the right people in the Fourth Estate to spread word that teams were fighting for his services.

Lombardi wasn’t buying it.

45 Responses to ““I Don’t Think He Has Much Gas Left””

  1. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    Some sense being doled out by the media here…and Lombardi is well connected. He called the Josh Freeman demise before most and typically knows what he’s talking about. McCoy…and his new vegan ways…will be less strong than usual. He wasn’t strong to begin with only doing 12 reps of 225 at the combine. I’m glad Bucs got rid of him a year too early ( or not even a minute too soon ) than a year too late.

  2. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    I take that back…McCoy did twice that at 23. Relatively speaking…lower than most at that position. My apologies…

  3. DooshLaRue Says:

    Sweet Hawaiian tears sustain me!

  4. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Thank the lord he’s gone! The cry baby had to get his number in Carolina. I’m liking the Panthers decision in signing him. Now we can watch him get buried in our soon to be Buccaneer glory…

  5. Marine Buc Says:

    One tackle per game. That’s what you get. ONE…

  6. adam from ny Says:

    a dancing red haired pear in cleats who reads dc comics


  7. 813bucboi Says:

    glad we got rid of him and michael is right….he’ll play 1 year for CAR and they’ll let him walk…..CAR will see he’s not a true leader….

    i wouldnt be surprised if k.short, mario addison and luke call his ass out during TC for not having that “edge” to him….

    CAR will take a step back this year which could lead to riverboat ron and cam’s head rolling….thomas davis gone, peppers gone….and they replaced that leadership and production with GMC….lol…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  8. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    Supposedly 12 teams wanted GMC but he visited 3 and went to a team going to a 3-4 d who paid big money to a free agent…

    I smell Agent lies to drive the market up for a diva client

  9. isrBuc Says:

    I’ll put some money on him having his best season yet

  10. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I can’t get over the “I’m home” video he posted lol… wtf was that about?

  11. Pick6 Says:

    I think he’ll do better there than he would have done here. In Carolina he just has to worry about his game (not “leading”) and he is part of a strong d line rotation. It won’t be good enough to make Bucs fans regret the swap.

  12. Race to 10 Says:

    “I think people see the name and don’t realize he didn’t play well.” that line was meant for media who keep blaming everyone else and sapp for why hes average. Get off is a stupid term because it ain’t translating to sacks so it’s useless and it has no value when your getting like 4-6 every year.

  13. ClwJB Says:

    The people in Tampa realized he hasn’t been playing very well for a couple years –

    1st play of the Carolina game this year, lead draw right at his gap, 30 yard gain – you read it here first!

  14. BucAllNight Says:

    What number is Hump wearing in Tenn?

  15. Snook Says:

    If you watch the Amazon series “All In” with the Arizona Cardinals from 2016 season, you’ll see a sign on the wall that reads:

    Loaf = Traitor
    (Go play for the other team)

    Just about says all you need to know about McCoy. BA spotted the loafer early. And any Bucs fan that has watched any significant tape of McCoy knows he loafs. A lot.

    Good riddance. I’m glad he’s someone else’s problem now.

  16. JimmyJack Says:

    I think part of the reason he went to CAR is cause they got a good defense. He will not have to be a superstar to come off looking good over there. It probably don’t hurt that he knows the Bucs have always always struggled with that defense and have been outright manhandled by them for most of McCoys career.

    Only shocked he didn’t choose the Browns cause they are getting mega hype and have several primtime games this year. We all know how Gerald loves the camera.

    But I’m glad he went to Carolina. He will wanna proove something when we play but so will Kong Suh. Given the history of what Gerald and Suh have done in big moments in their career my money is on Suh to outperform Gerald in both them games. So thank you Gerald for proving our new DT with some extra motivation twice this year.

  17. bucs4ya Says:

    I think he went to Carolina because he’s familiar with every team in the division. Bucs fans know he’s not as good as advertised and lets be honest he knows it too. So why go to a division where you’re facing someone new every week when you can stay in the division you’ve played your entire career in and maybe hide the fact that you’re not as advertised. Can’t wait to get this season going.

  18. El Buco Realisto Says:

    The only ones that this is shocking or news are local media and the sheep!!!!!!!!! Its still so embarrassing that the gm did not trade and actually tried to build around and forced the defensive scheme for the melted ice cream!!!!!!

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

  19. Snook Says:

    “I think part of the reason he went to CAR is cause they got a good defense.”

    Middle of the road as far as yard/game and points/game.

    Better than the Bucs? Yes. But “good” is a stretch.

    He went there because they offered the most money. Period.

  20. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    I am imaging a FHP trooper rapidly waving cars past an accident scene…”nothing to see here people…keep on moving”…Move On.Bucs

  21. Pickgrin Says:

    “Bruce Arians said he doesn’t fit. What does that tell you?….. He doesn’t fit? That’s one of the great lines of all time.”

    The football equivalent of – “Its not you – its ME”…

    Also – “Once you lose your legs you can’t get it back and at his age?”

    GMC has been whining about his knees hurting since training camp 2017. He likely only has a couple years left in the NFL. And was set to make $13M having posted 6 sacks and 28 Tackles last year….

    6 sacks is fine for a DT if he’s being disruptive and eating up blockers – but 28 tackles in 14 games????

    Vea had 28 tackles (and 3 sacks) as a rookie playing half a season… Suh had 59 tackles last year… Donald – 59 tackles and 20 sacks…. 30 year old Atkins – 45 tackles and 10 sacks…

    I wish Gerald well – but the truth is we should have traded him for something of value last year while he still had some trade value.

  22. Lord Cornelius Says:

    @ Realisto

    We don’t know who is to blame for this…

    All we know is Lovie hired Licht and Lovie had all the power initially.

    We have no freaking idea what the organizational power structure was when Koetter became head coach.

    We’re now back to knowing for a fact pretty much Bruce Arians and his staff are running the draft / FA/ etc.

    SO where is all this power that Licht supposedly had when he ran the team into the ground trying to build it around Gerald McCoy (lol at that idea in general)?

    For being such a conspiracy theorist you really seem to miss the picture of what has been going on here..

    You saying they gave Licht all the power for 2016-2018 and gave him absolutely no power in 2014-2015 and 2019?

    How in the hell does that make sense?

    And if that’s true – whose fault is it really?

    I’d say the owners – for not properly constructing a legit front office with legit autonomy to build a team.

    Not even saying this to defend Licht. Just seems weird to ignore all the other facts. Don’t get you man.

  23. ATrain Says:

    I have a bucket of beers that McCoy is hurt by game 6

  24. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “If you are not in camp, your legs have no juice. ”

    That is the most idiotic thing I have ever heard, lol. Players use their own trainers all of the time.

  25. Ryan Cannon Says:

    I need me some of that leg juice.

  26. DooshLaRue Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai Says:
    June 11th, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    That is the most idiotic thing I have ever heard, lol. Players use their own trainers all of the time.

    Does that mean you don’t proofread all of your “novels”?

  27. Joseph Mamma Says:

    Coffee-fetcher for Bill Walsh, Al Davis, and Bill Belicheat. He must have fetched one heck of a cup of coffee without spilling a drop.

    I always thought the coffee-fetcher delivered some of the best takes in the world of media these days.

  28. TexBuc Says:

    A 3-tech known for his first step (speed) well that is the first to go as you age is SPEED. A DT known for his power and not his quickness will still be effective as he ages. So again I say go with the Patriot’s model of letting or trading players a year too early than keeping them past their prime and get nothing in return.

  29. kyle Says:

    no quarter for traders…haha

  30. kyle Says:

    dang spell check…no quarter for traitors..

  31. Ken MOORE Says:

    WOW your funny BILL Belicheat WOW get over it loser Just mad he is not your teams coach ! Cry me a river loser !

  32. Joe in Michigan Says:

    For some Bucs news: If Cappa is as tough as they say he is, and McCoy is as soft as a lot of you say he is…We’ll be okay when we play the Panthers.

  33. Joe Says:

    WOW your funny BILL Belicheat WOW get over it loser Just mad he is not your teams coach ! Cry me a river loser !


    Joe’s been doing this for years. Get with the program!

  34. Wesley Says:

    He’s become very average.

  35. Elita Vita Says:


    Humphries to still wear #10 in Tennessee.

  36. Mike Johnson Says:

    GMC will play quite well for the Panthers. Every yr bad NFL teams have a
    couple of scapegoats. We had a trio. Koetter/Smitty and GMC. Who’s next?

  37. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    He probably has plenty of gas. He just can’t really play football anymore.

  38. Bucsace Says:

    GMC to Carolina fans- “I’m Home Baby ” LOL……Little do they know

  39. GoBuxFla Says:

    Apparently Carolina’s perfect for a player who excels in 7 games per season.

  40. Gerald McBezos Says:


    That’s a long URL…

    Pause at the 0:05 mark. Notice #93, Kamara, and the 65 year old referee all near the line of scrimmage (blue line), the 33 yard line.

    Pause at the 0:09 mark. Kamara is at the 12 yard line. McCoy and the referee both had fallen behind the play, out of the camera shot. At 0:09, the 65 year old referee re-emerges in the camera view.

    McCoy? He quit. Unblocked, just quit. Wasn’t chasing the play as hard as the 65 year old ref.

    He quit. This was a 9-3 game shortly before halftime. When he quit.

    McCoy and McDonald are right next to each other at 0:04. McDonald ends the play on the goalline, McCoy ends the play trotting on the 15 yard line.

    McQuitter. Look at the gametape.

  41. Gerald McBezos Says:

    In September and October 2018, two very important months where football is played every Sunday, Rich Uncle McMoneybags had 4 solo tackles and 1.5 sacks. Guess going vegan didn’t help so much.

  42. Swamp Buc Says:

    Seeing GMC as a stinking panther makes me wanna puke.

  43. Jeffbuc Says:

    I watched some McCoy new panther interviews. And he was asked what type of player they are getting. He said the defensive version of Cam Newton. A guy who likes to joke and have fun. And he looks forward getting to know his teammates inside jokes and just bringing a lot of fun to this team. I love football and just having fun. This guy just doesn’t get it. No one wants a defensive tackle gladiator to just say he is about fun. We all knew sapp was having fun as he was sacking the league mvp Favre and sticking his tongue out talking junk back and forth. That’s what fun is to a defensive tackle. Not dressing up with your future boyfriend cam. It’s a game but there’s a lot more to it than just having fun. That’s what I tell my 8 youth basketball team to do when there getting there butts kicked. Just go out there and have fun. No athlete that I have seen can be great from a have fun attitude. Name one fun guy who is great. They have fun playing. When the game starts that warrior mentality has to come out. You can’t still be the class clown on the field. It’s a shame he has gotten by on his natural abilities. If he was a dominate dude mentality he could have been a hall of famer. Like Ian loves to say he just doesn’t have any dog in him

  44. BringBucsBack Says:

    McCoy 2019 stats total: 22 tackles, 4 sacks

    McCoy 2019 against the Bucs: 10 tackles, 3.5 sacks

    Bucs Life! “It’s your destiny!”

    “He could be a progress stopper.” COULD be? (See past 6 years.)

    “I think people see the name and don’t realize he didn’t play well.” (See Pick6)

  45. Brandon Says:

    Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:
    June 11th, 2019 at 10:06 am
    McCoy…and his new vegan ways…will be less strong than usual. He wasn’t strong to begin with only doing 12 reps of 225 at the combine.


    Actually, very incorrect here. Going solely by memory here, but McCoy had 21 reps of 225 at 295 lbs. Being a vegan WILL hurt his strength and energy levels and he will stay hurt as well. For comparison sales, I eat meat like it’s my job and at 45 years old and only 188 lbs I hit 225 for 25 reps last Thursday… not a PB but good considering I suffered a debilitating shoulder injury in November.