Gerald McCoy Says Bucs Are Best Team In NFL & He Wants To Play

September 4th, 2022

Former six-time Pro Bowl Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is busy in the gym these days staying hungry and ready to be signed off the street.

And it sure sounds like he would love that team to be the Buccaneers. Hey, who wouldn’t want to play for Tampa Bay?

McCoy, 34, joined The Rich Eisen Show this week to talk about all things NFL and himself.

Asked to name the best team in the league, McCoy went with the Bucs. He admitted that he’s biased, but he also said the strong argument can be made that the Bucs indeed have the best team.

As for his own career, McCoy said he just wants a team and it’s not about money or playing time for him. “I don’t have that much pride,” said McCoy, noting that he’d be happy to called upon to mentor young players in addition to contributing on the field. “Let me show you how I see it from a All-Pro’s viewpoint. … You got to know when your time has passed and where you’re at in your career.

McCoy added that he’s healthy after various injuries and his agent has been reaching out letting the world know his client is grinding and eager to jump on a plane.

“I’m staying ready. Things always happen,” he said.

Heaven forbid the Bucs have an injury to one of their defensive tackles, would general manager Jason Licht call on McCoy?

Joe can’t speak for Licht, but Joe can say with certainty that McCoy was respected in the locker room and remains close with several guys on the Bucs. That bridge hasn’t been burned.

73 Responses to “Gerald McCoy Says Bucs Are Best Team In NFL & He Wants To Play”

  1. Buccaboo Says:


  2. Elita Vita Says:

    Hey, you never know and never say never.

  3. Alexandre Nascimento Says:

    Can’t say I’m against it, but imagining that it only would happen with an injury is too much for me.
    Go Bucs!

  4. Jmarkbuc Says:

    “I don’t have much pride”

    Yeah we know Gerald, we’ve seen you in a kimono.

  5. DoosLaRue Big Brother Says:

    Here comes the small di*k haters

  6. mark2001 Says:

    Don’t know what we would get in McCoy. If he is now one of the lesser players on a team of great players, and playing with the Bucs, he might raise his game and play better than many would think. Or…. his playing days may be over.

  7. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:

    Oh C’mon, McCoy haters! You can do better than that! Let’s hear all the good Mr. Softee and Gerald McIceCream lines. Joe is absolutely chumming the waters. It’s like telling Doosh LaRue that Donovan Smith is an All-Pro and just WAITING for the comments to start rolling in.

    You all can do better than this!

  8. David Says:

    If the need arises due to injury as the season goes on, I would have no problem with it.
    But… If it’s a veteran to play back up at a cheap price due to injury later in the year, at that point I’d rather go with SUH, assuming he would take a pay cut.

  9. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Come on home Gerald, it’s time.

    We’ve missed your passion and leadership and I don’t care what others think, you sir, are a Warrior.

  10. godlovesbucs Says:

    Who would we cut for his spot???

  11. Winny Testaverde Says:

    When 100 million+ of Glazer loot ain’t enough… 🙂 Nassib has #93 and the re-run/re-tread role. McCoy has been hurt in the first drill @ Cowboy camp and then suspended for “performance enhancers” with the Raiders. Haters or not…he’s not a viable option.

  12. tampabayallday Says:

    Maybe if he can play special teams

  13. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:

    Doosh Larue says: “Come on home Gerald, it’s time.”

    Rob spits drink across room setting world drink-spitting record.

    Classic, sir. Well done!

  14. Irishmist Says:

    His style of play isn’t really suited to our defense. And his game, when he was healthy, was built on explosiveness and quick upfield penetration. After all his knee injuries, it’s doubtful that he has much of that left.

  15. Natron Says:

    Welcome home Cancer 93

  16. DoooshLaRue Says:


  17. steele Says:

    Considering everything else they’re allowing this season, such as Nassib, might as well bring in other bad former softies and waste roster spots.

  18. Buc king Says:

    Work him out..we know how he used to look ..comparing his abilities now should be fairly easy and I’m all for cutting Nassim to bring on Gerald..I’m curious what gmc vea nicks ..all lined up..gholoston as the rotational player. .

  19. Miller5252 Says:

    When Arians took over they got away from McCoy as fast as they could. Hopefully one day it comes out on why they dropped him and went after the other and better 93. Did they know McCoy was done or was it that he didnt have the attitude the new staff wanted.

  20. Avejoe85 Says:

    “Let me show you how I see it from a All-Pro’s viewpoint.

    Hahahahaha! GMC was never an all pro. The only reason he ever made the pro bowl was to due name recognition. Dude sucked and the only defenses he lead were tissue paper soft.

  21. gp Says:

    When McCoy played here, Tampa was a prime squad for veterans to coast into retirement with a nice paycheck.
    I wonder if he realizes that the culture has changed somewhat and that just isn’t an option anymore.

  22. gotbbucs Says:

    Vegan diet didn’t work out too well, did it? Who woulda thought.

  23. Eddie Marz Says:


  24. Curse of Gruden Says:

    If there’s an opening for water boy.

  25. Thadeus Says:

    Not happening

  26. Costa Rica John Says:

    Can he play special teams? Just saying.

  27. D-Rok Says:

    Probabilities of coming back:

    Suh: 60.0%.
    GMC: 0.06%.

    No prediction on Gronk. That guy cray-cray, in a good way; affable, perhaps.

  28. Buccos Says:

    I’d kick the tires

  29. Bucs Win Says:

    McCrybaby is washed

  30. Buczilla Says:

    If he can still be effective in short spurts and comes dirt cheap, I’d welcome him back.

  31. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    i like McCoy, but I’d take Suh first.

  32. Howard Cosell Says:

    McCoy tutoring young players:
    “OK Guys! Twistie Treat is BY FAR the best soft serve. ALWAYS go with it in a pinch. Avoid real ice cream. Twistie will cater. Here’s the number. Can I get get a “Go Defense!”?”

  33. Rooster Says:

    I agree he was over rated

  34. Howard Cosell Says:

    McCoy tutoring young plyers:
    “OK Guys! Winning isn’t everything. Sportsmanship is important. Learn how to lose with dignity. Maybe even help an opposing player up off the ground. Remember it’s just a game.”

  35. Rob3810 Says:

    Practice squad maybe. Let him actually stay healthy, show his worth and get in game shape while tolling away on the practice squad. Otherwise, no way at all.

  36. #8 Says:

    Ok ok ok. McCoy then Suh.

  37. Jerseybuc Says:

    I would take McCoy back on the cheap for a rotation guy. Sure


    It’s strange how disrespectful BUCS fans are to this guy.
    I have never really understood it.
    Was he a perfect player? No.
    But can we not treat the guy with just a little bit of damn dignity?
    He started here for 9 years.
    Just a thought.

  39. Buccos Says:

    I’d give him McClendons job or O’Conners

  40. BucsfanFred Says:

    The responsibilities of a three teck on a therr man front isn’t quite the same as it is in a four man front.
    No hate, and I appreciate his years of service … But no.

  41. BucsfanFred Says:

    With the bucs mccoy refused to play nose. Has he ever played in a three man front? On passing downs we’re going with a lighter, faster front. Gerald wil not fit in.

  42. Eckwood Says:

    Don’t need the great get off that ran away from contain just to look good and falsely claim disruption teaching the young guys anything !!
    Arians clearly said get the fake disrupter non performer outta here !!!

  43. Riskitbiskit Says:

    GMAC deserves a chance, just not with the BUCS

  44. Goatfarmer Says:

    Maybe the Swashbucklers could use Geraldine’s kind amiable demeanor to help them learn their routines better. He could do that.

    Otherwise, time to file your retirement papers, Geraldine. You are toast and have a PED violation and suspension on your resume.’

    Maybe you can get a regular gig on Ian Beckles’ show.

  45. teacherman777 Says:

    I guarantee he still has 1 of the quickest first steps in the NFL.

    I would love to see him signed as pass rush specialist.

    Imagine Suh and GMC.

    Suh, the run stuffer. GMC. The pass rusher.

    Sounds good to me.

  46. Rod Munch Says:


  47. Onetrickpony Says:

    I’m with you Demon

  48. Fishhawkbuc Says:

    He would go on IR when boarding the gate plane

  49. Fishhawkbuc Says:

    He would go on IR when boarding the plane

  50. gp Says:

    $1.00, 1 day, retirement signing.
    I’m afraid he no longer “fits in”.

  51. Dlavid Says:

    Let sleeping dogs…….

  52. Buccobill99 Says:

    Not a chance they bring that soft as butter never was back no thxs career loser

  53. Buccobill99 Says:

    All pro ya 10 yrs ago go on now get softie

  54. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Can he play oline???

  55. FrontFour Says:

    The two guys watching from home that could help on D line are Suh and McCoy. Suh is and has always been the obvious choice.

  56. Letsbucinggo Says:

    Call Lovie!

  57. Wild Bill Says:

    I don’t know what McCoy has left in his tank, but whether it’s him or another experienced vet, one more steady backup would help. Our D line is not famous for sustaining their effort. Another vet to rotate in to give our chubby defensive tackles rest would be a good idea. Doesn’t have to be McCoy. Suh would be ideal if he would accept that role at a reasonable price.

  58. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    @Howard – LMFAO !! That was a good one

  59. ChiBuc Says:

    Couldn’t be any worse than Sherman

  60. Goatfarmer Says:

    “My bad, Ben. My bad.”

  61. Buc king Says:

    You hold work outs for this

  62. kyle Says:

    mccoy said from an all pros perspective…. what a joke.. mccoy sounds pathetic, begging to be back.

  63. kyle Says:

    mccoy is a great human but a bust

  64. Howard Cosell Says:

    As far as the blind hater accusations: Thats just silly.
    More likely the people who DON’T see McCoys issues are the ones who should be held in contempt.

    Howard loves McCoy. Hes’a a great human being. He has a kind heart and a good mind. But he has the wrong attitude for an NFL D linemen.
    Suh is a great example of the correct attitude for an NFL D lineman.
    Suh is a good member of society but a menace on the field. He takes losing to heart. He demands great effort and great endurance.

    McCoy, when he was FACE OF THE FRANCHISE, should have been blasting teammates for any poor performance. He should have stayed on the field through any but the most debilitating injury. Instead he (AS LEADER) helped create and perpetuate a lax culture of acceptance of mediocrity and acceptance of losing.
    Specific examples of this have been documented ad nauseum.

    McCoy would be out of place on a Brady led team, even in his physical prime. Brady would see right through McCoy to the soft and chewy center.

    So yeah, as a diehard Bucs fan, disgusted w the performance of the Bucs teams under McCoys watch as LEADER the franchise, Howard is mad….


  65. BillyBucco Says:

    Maybe if the Bucs sponser a kid’s day, we can hire McCoy to show up in his Batman suit.

  66. BillyBucco Says:

    Surely someone can put a meme together highlighting the regime change by putting a picture of #93 Suh stopping on the QBs head, while McCoy is in the background in his Batman suit jumping up and down like a little girl.

  67. Chris Karter Says:

    I would love to bring him in as depth / mentor type. Gerald belongs in Tampa.

  68. Mike Johnson Says:

    Somebody here hit the nail on its head. He will not be any worse than Sherman. Not here of course. But on an up and coming team like the Jags which needs Mentorship.

  69. Anonymous Says:

    Nothing wrong with him wanting to play ……an injury on our Dline would force management to at least do their job and kick some tires to check the pressure GM93 could bring!!

  70. Oneilbuc Says:

    I wouldn’t mind bringing McCoy back I think he can be some help to our defense. Maybe just on passing plays like on third down or on a rotated roll.

  71. BucEmUp Says:

    For a few bucks and a 12 packs of old milwakee maybe

  72. Rod Munch Says:

    kyle Says:
    September 5th, 2022 at 12:47 pm
    mccoy is a great human but a bust


    Are you an idiot? The guy was a 6x pro-bowlers, and 3x all-pro.

    That’s like saying John Lynch was a bust.

    What a clown.

  73. Joe Says:

    A lot of armchair quarterbacks, McCoy was good. Stop and think of all the other players who have been released. Its a business, reason for dropping players is to gain others who might be better. Not all trades or releases work out the best. He just might have more passion and ability. Plus his got a good head on his shoulders. They day they retired Brooks I swapped jersey’s right there at half time, from Brooks to McCoy.