NFL Players Say Gerald McCoy Is 75th-Best Player

July 25th, 2019

According to the votes of many hundreds of NFL players, fired Buccaneer Gerald McCoy was a better player in 2018 than he was in 2017. They ranked him 75th best in the NFL.

The Buccaneers’ soap opera took a juicy twist last night when McCoy was featured on the annual Top-100 Players of 2019 feature on NFL Network, the famed ranked based solely on the votes of NFL players themselves. Keep in mind McCoy did not appear on the list last year, his first snub by his peers since making his debut at No. 92 on the 2013 rankings. McCoy twice ranked as high as No. 28, in both 2014 and 2015.

This is a bit of a stunner, especially for the McCoy haters out there who think he just flat out sucks.

If they are correct in their analysis, how did go from off the list to back on? It’s not like there’s a dearth of good defensive tackles around the league. And the Bucs defense was downright horrid last year. Yet there is McCoy, shining through war zone around him.

Joe learned recently that McCoy was training in Tampa this summer with some of his former teammates and did not want that to be public knowledge. Joe also learned that McCoy has become a bit obsessed with the pending Week 2 matchup of his Panthers against the Bucs on Thursday Night Football.

Joe can’t wait. Hopefully, the Panthers don’t match up McCoy on the Bucs right guard.

The NFL Network series continues tonight. Ndamukong Suh has made the Top-100 for eight consecutive years, since the inaugural season of the series. Suh has not been named this year, but Joe expects to see Suh that streak continue this week.

37 Responses to “NFL Players Say Gerald McCoy Is 75th-Best Player”

  1. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    Looks like McCoy will be behind Suh, again. It’s a reoccurring theme in his career

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “Hopefully, the Panthers don’t match up McCoy on the Bucs right guard.”

    Match up a strength against a weakness? Nah, the Panthers wouldn’t do something dastardly like that.

    See Jameis run. Run Jameis, run.

    (As an aside Joe, why don’t the Bucs move Marpet back to RG (his best position IMO) so that Jameis can roll out to the right with at least some protection in front of him?)

  3. Sport Says:

    Congrats GMC! I wish great success and health. Stay weird Bro.

    Marpet, Jensen, whoever at RG – stomp his as into the dirt and help achieve a statistical goose egg while we win the game!!!

    Go Bucs!

    In BA I Trust!!!

  4. Race to 10 Says:

    Petty and sorry but he’s a top 100 player but 75 is too high.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I was just starting to forget about GMC…..thanks for the reminder…..waiting patiently for a Michael Bennett mention.

  6. SCBucsFan Says:

    Joe part of the reason for the disconnect is the McCoy haters in here are basically morons. WHile he wasn’t worth what he was getting paid he was a very good player.

  7. Hodad Says:

    Good, send that fact to a Panther website Joe. I come to this site for Buc info.

  8. TJ Tillman Says:

    He had a better year last year. This list like the pro bowl is going off peoples names. JPP and David has better years than McCoy.

  9. 813bucboi Says:

    SUH #65….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  10. SB Says:

    What do NFL players know anyway?

    Maxipad knows better.

  11. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    JoeMcCoyFan……lol. McCoy got screwed. Oh well…move on.

  12. gotbbucs Says:

    I’ll be surprised if he gets out of training camp without a bad soft tissue injury with his newly acquired vegan diet. He’ll go on IR this year with a bicep or hamstring injury.

  13. gotbbucs Says:

    …that’s if he truly is vegan. He seems the kind that would claim something like that for the attention.

  14. pelbuc Says:

    Joe please! Enough about a former player that was the poster child of the worse defense in Bucs history. Let the Panthers write about Batgirl.

  15. Game film doesn't lie Says:

    When did you ever see GMC make a pivotal play in a crucial time of the game?? For me I’ve always thought he was a good player but never made a play to turn a game around. To be considered one of the best in the league and not even have one play i can remember saying wow. I’ve seen lesser paid and lesser talented players do more in crunch time. How many times did we see Simeon or Sapp get a crucial sack or strip. Ok so GMC is not Sapp..heck I’ve only seen Suh play a couple of games and he has more stand out plays. I can even remember Culpeper making a handful of big plays at the end of the game. Vita in his injury delayed 1st season was more impressive late game than him. GMC is a good player, not great.

  16. Magadude Says:

    A lot of it’s the “halo” effect…gets more credit than due based on recognition and memory of past feats. Also there “good guy” points, especially when peers pick who gets picked.

  17. Bucnjim Says:

    Funny this is what it takes to get him motivated! What motivated him the last nine years? Kimona’s, sideline dancing, on field crying, Batman, camera’s of every kind, 100 Million dollars, hair dye, laughing when losing, show boating, making friends with opposing teams, I could go on but why.

  18. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    Wow! 75! I’m sure the Bucs are never going to win a game again without the 75th best player in the league, what a devastating loss. How will we progress as a franchise without his one tackle a game? Good riddance to that clown. Can we please move on already?

  19. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I certainly cannot take issue with your lament about our RG. Right now that is clearly a big ?. And I agree with you the Panthers and the rest of the NFL are just as aware of that as we are so your hypothesis is sound.

    However…again the eternal optimist here…maybe we should all agree to a gentleman’s understanding that everything I post should contain the disclaimer….BARRING INJURY. Having said that…..

    We have paid 3/5ths of our starting line some big bucks. It’s time for them to start earning them. Our TE’s are great and two of the three guys are very good blockers…so as you suggest it’s that right side that concerns us.

    My hope rests on Dot getting one more year out of his worn out body. If that happens then we really are down to just one spot…RG. I think that if the three we are paying handsomely ball out…the entire left side of our line should be very good. Jensen rebounds…Ali just keeps getting better and Donovan repays the franchise for his mega deal and stops taking those occasional plays off.

    Curious D.R. How do you feel about teams being referred to as left handed or right handed depending on the strength of their OL and need to favor one side running the ball.

    The Bucs have pretty much followed the league thought of build the left side first if you have a right handed QB to protect his blind side. In fact that was perhaps one of the rare highlights of last year…our OL was horrid at run blocking but they did an adequate job of pass protection for a QB who notoriously refuses to give up on plays and holds the ball for an eternity at times. But apparently those three big $ guys at least earned their pass pro money but run blocking…whew they were bad! Just ask ROJO and Barber.

  20. Lamarcus Says:

    Please. He is not even the 75th best player in the division

  21. OBP Says:

    So he had a Pro Bowl season 2 seasons ago and didn’t make the list but as soon as he’s cut and goes to Carolina he gets invited onto Undisputed and is named the 75th best player from last season? I’m sensing a bit of anti-buccaneer animus from the rest of the league.

  22. Richard Dickson Says:

    The NFL might want to fix their website — they still have McCoy listed as playing with the Bucs.

  23. SOEbuc Says:



  24. D-Rome Says:

    The McCoy haters don’t realize that everyone else in the country is laughing at you with your inane ramblings and hatred. Some of you guys think you know better than the players that play against him and the coaches that scheme against him.

  25. James Walker Says:

    Funny how wearing a different uniform can make a player better.

  26. RustyRhinos Says:

    Good for him, let’s all cheer when the 75th best player cries when we beat the panthers not once but twice this season. We could always pool our money and send him the ice cream truck. Yeah the one with the Batman ice cream sandwich. McCoy will be overjoyed. Look mom no more tears. Good luck McCoy against the Falcons and the Saints. Beat them soundly.
    Enjoy your new team. Later

  27. SOEbuc Says:

    Classic photo of GMC, Joe.

  28. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    The blurb wit his ranking isn’t as positive as Joe would have you believe

    It’s not often a guy gets cut and goes from unranked to No. 75 in the same year. But that’s what we’ve got here. The Buccaneers severed ties with McCoy after nine seasons in Tampa. His leap in the rankings this year is a questionable one. Last season was the first time in six years that McCoy didn’t make the Pro Bowl, and the Bucs were stagnant at 5-11 for the second straight year. Through the course of his career, McCoy has proven he was a worthy selection at No. 3 overall, but his days as an elite defensive tackle might be over.

  29. Bucnjim Says:

    There is more than a few guys on here who would rather cheer for McCoy in week two than root for their own team and that is extremely sad. Here is what will happen. When McCoy posts a goose egg the first half against the Buc’s the third quarter he will mysteriously go down with a bad hamstring and cry as he walks to the sideline. He will find the closest camera and pretend like he’s trying to walk it off but the pain is too much for him to endure.

  30. Cobraboy Says:

    So we got rid of an expensive #75 player for a far less expensive #61 player.

    Well done, Bucs!

  31. Mike Johnson Says: least we have a (former) Buc make the list. How many have we had in the last 10 yrs or so? Bet you can count them in the lower…single digits. Wish my man GMC nothing but the best in Panther country except…when he plays us.

  32. WestChap Says:

    How could he return to a player-voted list? Pity. 1) He really is a sweet guy… not an act. 2) He got run out of town for being overpaid and unwilling to take a pay cut. 3) He got replaced immediately by his college “rival” who got picked right before him. 4) He felt really disrespected by Suh getting his #93. Result = his many friends in the league throw him a bone in a relatively meaningless way. End of story, no hate… #GMCrealist.

  33. Bucnjim Says:

    OR McCoy found every single camera and did every single interview he could find to complain how the Bucs disrespected him and he deserved better. Players thought he was gone five years ago. McCoy he’s still around I remember him from years ago. I’ll give him my vote he was probably injured this whole time.

  34. Alanbucsfan Says:

    White will help contain McCaffrey, Kamara, Freeman with his lateral speed.
    Contain those guys and blitzing becomes more effective.

  35. Wesley Says:

    What a joke.

  36. Buczilla Says:

    This list (so many stupid lists in football nowadays) is only slightly more credible than pro bowl voting. You know damn well players are voting for dudes on their own team and more than half are probably christmas treeing the questionnaire. Preseason can’t get here soon enough.

  37. Snook Says:

    Funniest part of this is the line that says McCoy was better in 2018 than he was in 2017.

    28 tackles last year. Hahahahaha!!!!