“Everywhere He Goes The Defense Becomes Good Immediately”

March 6th, 2021

Unlikely return.

Earlier in the week, Joe passed along a story floated by NFL.com that maybe the Bucs might be interested in bringing back one of their own.

Long-time defensive tackle Gerald McCoy left the Bucs two years ago and is a free agent, and Nick Shook of NFL.com thinks a reunion shouldn’t be dismissed.

This concept does not sit well with former Bucs guard and current popular local radio personality Ian Beckles. A long-time if not outspoken critic of GMC, Beckles took to his podcast “In the Trenches” and explained what a lousy idea this is.

“The Buccaneers are going to want to bring back Ndamukong Suh,” Beckles said. “Ndamukong Suh is a model citizen that plays great and plays every single game, plays every game hard and doesn’t miss a snap. Everywhere he goes the defense becomes good immediately.

“You can hold onto Gerald McCoy all you want. But Gerald McCoy has literally never equated to anything. Not a statistic. Not a good defense. Not a win. Not nothin.’

“You Gerald McCoy fans, when you look back on it, they took his captaincy away (when with the Bucs). I have never seen that.”

GMC has faded fast the past couple of years. While Suh is not the same player he once was, he is a total rock as a run-stopper and still has enough gas in the tank and plays with a sharp edge that allows him to harass quarterbacks.

In the regular season win over the Packers, there was no question Suh was in Aaron Rodgers’ head. And in the Super Bowl when Shaq Barrett wasn’t chasing Pat Mahomes, Suh was slamming him to the turf.

Joe personally cannot see GMC coming back to the Bucs, despite the fact he still lives in Tampa.

As always, Beckles welcomes feedback and encourages listeners to submit Bucs questions by e-mailing him at IanBeckles@RadioInfluence.com.

48 Responses to ““Everywhere He Goes The Defense Becomes Good Immediately””

  1. Rick Says:

    GMC is the type of player coming off injury who will see little demand in this market. For a one year deal in the $1 to $2m range I would think he could help us as a 3-4 end.

  2. mark2001 Says:

    I could see him coming back…but never to replace Suh.

  3. Chris Thomas from Heaven Says:

    Rumor has it, GMC carried a swear jar around the locker room when he was here. #STIB

  4. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    GMC has faded fast since he left Tampa, so I really doubt we bring him back.

  5. Kyle Says:

    Go away Mccoy

  6. MP Says:

    I see him coming back to the bucs….on a one day contract to retire. Until then, we have no need for him when we can draft a young DT to groom for less.

  7. Cobraboy Says:

    Let’s bury the myth of McCoy effectiveness.

    I don’t want anything soft in that locker room.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If we can get him as a Mclendon or Nunes Roches replacement…….OK…depth piece on the Dline….OK….

  9. Cobraboy Says:

    @tbbf: McCoy is done. He cannot stay healthy.

  10. HeyItsAdam Says:

    “You can hold onto Gerald McCoy all you want. But Gerald McCoy has literally never equated to anything. Not a statistic. Not a good defense. Not a win. Not nothin.’

    Been saying that for years. He was utterly forgettable and un-scary.

  11. Davenport Buc Says:

    its nice to see that people are finally saying the truth about McCoy. At his peak he was a disappointment, now he’d be a liability

  12. Swampbuc Says:

    Beckles has it right!

  13. Jason Says:

    Don’t forget about the Brady effect.
    GMC will come back and develop the killer instinct he never had before because of Tom Brady.

    What? It could happen!

  14. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Everywhere he goes the defense gets better AFTER he leaves. Fixed the headline for you.

  15. David Says:

    I always liked McCoy, he never had any talent on the line with him. That said I have to agree with Beckles. Suh is much better right now, is never injured and… just won the damn Super Bowl!!. Try to sign everyone back possible

  16. Wesley Says:

    It’s not GMC’s fault he’s overrated.

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Posters are letting their disappointment with GMC as a highly paid 1st round draft pick starter….get to their good common sense.

    OF course as a backup depth piece at a vet minimum or close price….GMC would be worth it. He wants to play, lives in Tampa….

    I really don’t care that much….either way.

  18. Alaskabuc Says:

    Keep that soft serve cancer as far way from this group of winners as possible.

  19. Anonymous Says:

    Man, you all still refuse to admit how good he was. Oh well lol, jaded fans are jaded. Played on 8-10 lines filled with college level talent. I totally agree the leader attitude was lacking, but the way you all act like he is the reason we sucked blows my mind

  20. Delaware Bucs Fan Says:

    Not a fan of this. Do you see Kimono wearing ice cream man improving or meshing with the current TB12 locker room culture they have going? Wish him the best, not with the Bucs.

  21. Joseph Mamma Says:

    Let’s bring back GMC and then let’s sign Josh Freeman while we’re at it. Resurrect the glory years.

  22. MadMax Says:

    No… just no

  23. Architek Says:

    Ain’t gonna happen but it’s fun talking point!

  24. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Joe sure knows how to stoke……how ’bout this….let’s bring in JW as a backup (3rd QB) like Saints….

  25. Jmarkbuc Says:


    I’d rather have a rookie udfa as a “depth piece” than a washed up, soft, culture killing McCoy. At least they would have future potential.

    McCoy is done and he knows it, just looking to tag a long now….

  26. Waterboy Says:

    Who would wear #93 Suh or McCoy?

  27. JimmyJack Says:

    From the second Bruce walked in the door i knew it was gonna work. He was here to win at any cost. His first order of business? Send Gerald packing. Thats about all I need to know about the situation to know that McCoy doesnt fit here at all.

  28. JimmyJack Says:

    Maybe Gerald can come back as a coach. The league is calling more and more pentalties for hitting too hard. Gerald can teach the D how to hit more softly.

  29. No Risk It No Biscuit Says:

    After experiencing this defense the past two years, McCoy is as enticing as melted ice cream.

    Ice cream man is a thing of the past.


  30. Bucfollower George Says:

    Gerald McCoy is the softest player in NFL history. He only cares about TV time .Worthless.

  31. Bucanero Says:

    Hey if he is down to it for little compensation he can ride with the Bucs one special time but he would be depth not starting gig. But maybe it happens and I would see that as an upset.

  32. Just Sayin’ Says:

    McCoy doesn’t play 3-4, said so himself. He has fun losing, we aren’t that team anymore.

  33. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Enough about Softie McCoy. A veteran minimum contract for him is still too much.

  34. ModHairKen Says:

    Whoa. Holy smokes. Call 911. Help me Oprah. Help me Tom Cruise: I agree with Ian Beckles 100%.

  35. Stanglassman Says:

    I’m not so sure there’s many Gerald fans left in these parts. I defended him when he was a Buc but realize it was mostly out of loyalty.

  36. Howard Cosell Says:

    Joe, please stop triggering Howard with the McCoy posts.

    Glazers have to understand that they owe McCoy nothing and he owes them millions and that intelligent fans see McCoy for what he is.
    Tea Macks was right!

  37. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I’m sure Gerald McCoy is a nice guy, so I won’t pile on him. As far as what the Bucs need for the 2021 season, McCoy isn’t on the list.

  38. Juston Says:

    As a long time bucs fan I have to say this ridiculous. McCoy was a beast on the line. You dont accumulate 6 pro-bowls, 3 first team all-pros, and a second team all-pros without being dominant. So it’s clear he “EQUATED” to something. If the bucs won in his tenure then he would’ve been a household name. Y’all trip’n!!!!

  39. Joe Says:

    Who would wear #93 Suh or McCoy?

    Tie goes to the ring. Suh.

  40. Lokog Says:

    When was Gerald McCoy dominant? The only play i can remember he made was a qb hurry on matty melts like ice Ryan on a forth down play not even a sack to end the game ever only missed tackles and always out of his gap like the all pro he supposedly was hahahaha what a joke of a 4rth tier player.

  41. Howard Cosell Says:

    By “tie” Howard is assuming you mean that Suh has made every defense he’s been on a lot better, whereas McCoys presence has correlated with a bad defense everywhere he goes.
    Padding personal stats while dragging down those around you non-existent leadership. Literally having your captains patch torn off by the Bucs LOL

    Making McCoy the face of the franchise, however briefly was an example of the Glazers at their most inept. Howard is glad they finally turned things over to Arians

  42. Howard Cosell Says:

    As someone said earlier:
    “Suh would smack the ice cream cone out of softies hand in the parking lot” LOL. Gosh, that makes an awesome visual

  43. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Oh yes……. we had the cancer cut out.


    Hey Doc, I felt a lot better but do you think you could put that cancer back where you found it?


  44. ClodHopper Says:

    I wanted Suh more in the draft and nothing has changed since then.

  45. Gustav Z. Estrada Says:

    Seems this professional football 🏈 player has met the end of his career, time to walk away. According to fans opinions, his presence is not wanted any more. Time has arrived to say Goodbye. Adios Amigo !
    ☮️ Peace, and Tranquility to all of us.

  46. Tony Says:

    Wouldn’t mind seeing them bring in Kawaan Short if Suh does go.

  47. EEK Says:

    Yes. Agree. A fill in back up role at a discounted price would be fitting.
    He was a beast but that was in his prime.
    He has an injury issue and an age issue and a consistency issue.
    Maybe better not to take a roster spot.

  48. The Deflator Says:

    Dewey, while the article’s main image is of McCoy, the headline is attributed to Suh. Thanks for letting us all didn’t bother to read it.