“He Was A Guy Everyone Leaned On”

July 3rd, 2019

How will the Buccaneers’ offense respond to the loss of Gerald McCoy?

It’s a worthwhile question considering comments this week from one of McCoy’s former teammates.

A Tampa Bay fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, tackle/guard Kevin Pamphile is training in Tampa this week preparing for his second season with the Tennessee Titans. Manbeast JoeBucsFan.com intern Zachary Seifter, the pride of Plant City, caught up with Pamphile to talk Bucs.

The news of McCoy’s departure was an eye-opener for Pamphile.

“It was surprising,” he said. “I mean, he was definitely a huge culture, a huge presence in that locker room for me, my four years there; he was a guy everyone leaned on. It was sad to see him go. But I know for him, he made a decision that was best for him and his family and I can respect that.”

That’s no typo there; Pamphile called McCoy a “huge culture.”

It’s interesting to hear an offensive player refer to McCoy as such a central figure. America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, has talked about McCoy’s profound impact on him as a friend and as the team’s prayer leader on game days.

Joe’s taking all this with a grain of salt, considering McCoy was dethroned from his defensive captaincy last season by Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander, losing out in a vote by teammates. Joe really couldn’t call any one player a huge loss from the locker room of a back-to-back 5-11 football team.

43 Responses to ““He Was A Guy Everyone Leaned On””

  1. adambomb418 Says:

    Back to back 5-11 seasons and a history of losing in the league…I guess McCoy was giving out bad advice then.

  2. Hodad Says:

    McCoy who?

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    huge “losing” culture……

    GO BUCS!!!!

  4. 74 Bucs fan Says:

    Acceptance to losing can be a culture. Indifference to losing can be a culture. Dancing while losing can be a culture.

    I’m sure Gerald was a great teammate off the field as a true friend you could count on and that would listen. Gerald seemed to be a kind, gentle, caring person and he is to be commended for that. In that regard, it would be a loss for teammates. On the field however, I just didn’t see that killer instinct to win at all costs. I have not complaints about Gerald the person. But on my team, I want dogs.

  5. ElioT Says:

    I’m sure they could lean on McCoy for a lot… just not making plays to change or win games.

    Now McCoy can lean on others to do that as he’s a 3rd strong DT on The Panthers with two guys ahead of him who make more plays and money.


  6. Wombat Says:

    Make it go away!!!!!

  7. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Steel sharpens steel, and Superman can beat Batman

  8. Bird Says:

    On positive note

    Bucs have 6 easiest schedule in NFL
    (Still have 2 games vs tough division )

  9. Bird Says:

    2 games each ^^

  10. RobertG Says:

    Why are we still hearing about this guy

  11. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Bingo!!! Exactly why the team stunk…. “a huge presence in that locker room”

  12. BADMAN Says:


  13. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Good riddance McIceCream

  14. Defense Rules Says:

    So far in the past week Joe , 4 ex-Bucs … Mason Foster, Louis Murphy, Kevin Pamphile and Gerald McCoy … have made news on JBF.com. Since we’re obviously into a very slow news period, I see that Russell Shepard caught on with the Giants last year, and a few others like Akeem Spence are still bouncing around. Even Jacquies Smith is still in the league. But it looks like more than half from Lovie’s 2014 team have waved bye-bye (like Bobby Rainey, Charles Sims, Mike James, Jorvorskie Lane, Murph, Brandon Myers, ASJ … and that’s just some on the offensive side of the ball). Aahh yes, memorable 2-14 play-makers. Our cup over-floweth.

  15. Race to 10 Says:

    If you didnt notice he hasn’t been on the team a while so he doesn’t know how things changed. Huge culture and a guy everyone leaned on, if that was true he would have been voted a captain in 2018. The writing was on the wall but no one would write about that because this town seems to be afraid of “stars” he would get killed by New York media. And others used to winning.

  16. Todd Says:

    Hey all, you witnessed his contributions to Bucs culture.

    They don’t call him “Gerald Dance Like You’re 8 Points Behind McCoy” for nothing! Remember that game!

    What an awesome team building exercise.

    I’m going to miss that LEGEND!

  17. Pickgrin Says:

    Suh is a better player for this defense than McCoy would have been.

    McCoy was not worth the $13M (obviously because no one would even trade a 7th rd pick for him and that contract) – and wouldn’t take a pay cut to stay.

    See Ya….

    Seems to me that BA was intent on getting rid of McCoy from the getgo – likely as much for “culture change” reasons as salary cap concerns….

  18. Buc believer Says:

    Dang it!! Now every Buc will have to buy their own ice cream!

  19. BridleOaks Buc Says:

    Sounds like that one girl that we all grew up with that we could go to to “lean on” because we’d never talk about that kinda stuff with our buddies without being totally ridiculed….He was the “chick-friend” of the team

  20. tnew Says:

    So a Titan player said something about a Panther.

  21. Prada...sec 147 Says:

    GMC is a loser

  22. BigMacAttack Says:

    Maybe if he was a better influence on Pamphile, he’d have played better in Tampa and stuck with the team. Instead they send him packing and he blows up with a better culture and better coaching in Tennessee. The last two seasons under Derp’s big stick everyone sucked. Koetter was a huge problem and ATL is going to suck on offense with Derp. McCoy sucks too and will continue to suck in Carolina for 3 games before he gets hurt and banks s fat check.

  23. Mike Johnson Says:

    Go ahead Joe, continue to give Buc Fans something..anything to vent the fact their team has been a consistent and persistent Loser over the years. I’m still waiting for your next Lovie and Smitty article. Excuse me guys, My wife says the..GMC stew is cooked. Time for me to..tear it up!

  24. BigMacAttack Says:

    Great pic of McCoy BTW. Fat buttocks, no calves, no lats, puny tri’s, small arms overall. Weak weak weak but a big fat head.

  25. 74 Bucs fan Says:

    “So a Titan player said something about a Panther.” LOL

  26. Magadude Says:

    Wow, so the Winston lovers who have contempt for McCoy may have a point: McCoy ruined both Winston and Pamphile.

    I liked McCoy, but he was not effective enough to pay $13M. He’s also lost his luster as a leader too it seems; it was time for him to go.

  27. Bucnjim Says:

    This is one of my favorite pictures because a picture is worth a 1000 words. Here is David looks like he’s been to boot camp for a week and you have McCoy who looks like he just got his hair and nails done. Seriously I have seen a half dozen different pictures with McCoy and JPP, McCoy and David, even McCoy and Vea they look like they’ve all been to war he looks like he’s on vacation.

  28. Todd Says:

    Every time I see the last name “Pamphile,” my mind just goes there. You know where. Shoot me if I had that last name.

  29. common sense Says:

    Enough about Mccoy can we get some Micheal Bennett updates instead?

  30. Architek79 Says:

    OMG – I’m done this is ridiculous. ANOTHER McCOY freaking story.

  31. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    All that praying to win 5 games…


  32. Terry Tampon Says:

    Sorry, but the losing culture starts with the Idiot Sons and won’t end until the team gets sold.

  33. Eric y Says:

    Pamphile who? He was the McCoy on the other side… geez I swear the bucs have had a very bad culture of late

  34. DB55 Says:

    Yea so Suh is lifting like the animal that he is and JPP recently posted a pic on ig with his neck brace doesn’t look promising. No news on them though bc you know….I scream you scream we all scream for ….

  35. Bucnjim Says:

    This is like the fox in the henhouse! I know extremely old but it fits this team the previous 10 years or so. It was very hard for fans to love Sapp because he was such a D!CK but he WAS the fox in the henhouse. It wasn’t about feelings or empathy it was about causing such havic that the other team would literally run around like chickens with their heads cut off. Our team has been full of hens because ownership and GM’s are too concerned about public perception. Instead of bringing in more foxes to cause havic we’ve continued to fill the chicken coop only to be slaughtered again and again. The foxes in the NFC south are fat and happy. Currently they are mocking us for brining back the same hens that have gotten us here to begin with.

  36. Brandon Says:

    Huge culture… culture of losing.

  37. DoooshLaRue Says:


    You’re doing a great job man….but you may want to get your hearing checked.
    I believe Pamphile said ‘Huge Cancer” not “Huge Culture”

    Carry on.

  38. bibi Says:

    Given he had that much of an impact it’s all the better that he is gone. Dude taught everyone not to care about winning.

  39. ATrain Says:

    Lean on a Loser you become a loser

    Yep McCoy is a Stinking Cat

    Bye bye. Go dance in NC

  40. adam from ny Says:

    pamphile and mccoy use to go shopping together for xxxxl serenity diapers…both are diaper boys…under their unis is a diaper on those big ole tushies…


  41. Buccfan37 Says:

    GMC’s 15 minutes of fame never materialized with the Bucs.

  42. Bucsace Says:

    Yeah, that rear view pic of GMC is quite a sight, I gotta admit he looks like a loser from that perspective, and supposedly no one spent more time in the weight room than him…….maybe more revisionist history?


  43. BucaLou13 Says:

    This is the NFL vacation edition. Joe berated me for saying good riddance GMC! Joe claimed GMC is a ring of honor candidate period! GMC put himself in the same breath as 63, 55, 99, 47, 40 and 20 whining that his number should have not been given out, because the above numbers weren’t given out. 93 just got upgraded by a man named Suh. Ok enough thumb energy wasted on this loser culture.