Gerald McCoy Offered To Ride Bench For Bucs Last Season Just To Coach Up Messy, Ineffective Pass Rush

April 18th, 2023

It seems six-time Bucs Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy thinks the Bucs needed a coaching upgrade the past two seasons.

That was the clear message during McCoy’s appearance on the recent Green Light podcast.

“I even told Tampa, ‘Hey listen, I don’t have to play; I just want to be a mentor because y’all doing a lot of wrong up front,” McCoy said of the Bucs’ defensive line.

“You have talent and y’all not rushing together. Guys are not getting on edges. They’re just running down [the] middle of people. It’s just bull [rush], bull, bull and I seen a lot things I could help with just teaching guys, ‘ok, this is how you rush together.’ And I told them, ‘hey listen, I don’t have to play. Like, even if I’m on practice squad I’m still sitting in the meetings.”

Of course, McCoy was never signed and he officially retired this month.

McCoy said he ended up getting his Bucs-coaching fix in via texting players he knew well, like Rakeem NuΓ±ez-Roches and Vita Vea, among others.

50 Responses to “Gerald McCoy Offered To Ride Bench For Bucs Last Season Just To Coach Up Messy, Ineffective Pass Rush”

  1. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Why not give him a chance ? It is not like we have any real pass rush at the moment

  2. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Better yet…sign him as a lower level assistant coach…it can’t hurt and doesn’t count toward the cap or the roster limit.

  3. LOL Says:

    Bowles way or the highway…. Even though he is meh at developing players. Just an observation. LOL

  4. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    It doesn’t surprise me that he didn’t get what he wanted though…you don’t tell a defensive head coach he’s doing it all wrong and then ask him for a job.

  5. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I wonder, Joe…will this finally be the year we start using a fullback again? Or a 265 monster TE who can double as a FB? (hint)

    Every year I hope we break the mold and draft one. We have not had a running game since the NFL stopped using FBs. Just saying.

  6. gotbbucs Says:

    Enough with this guy.

    He ended his own career when he switched to his vegan diet. Why does anyone want that influence around?

  7. gotbbucs Says:

    The last thing any coaching staff wants is that ego walking through the door.

  8. Beej Says:

    Vita is the only one on the team who can get by with a bullrush

  9. robert Says:

    who is he?

  10. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    He’s the taco truck guy!

  11. ElioT Says:

    Gerald “It’s not about winning, it’s about having fun” McCoy,

    No thanks to having his loser mentality and ego in the locker room.

  12. Buc4evr Says:

    Gerald was a great player on some pretty bad teams. Often he had no help in the trenches and was almost always double teamed. Often, he was the Bucs entire defensive line. Give the guy a break, not his fault the coaching and his team mates were garbage.

  13. Andrew Fish Says:

    I think McCoy could have helped in a limited role last year as a rotational player. I dont think he played with coaches that showed him how to control his rush. to many times on run plays he would blow past the play and create a big hole from his position. His pass rush was fine he just came when everybody had Sapp fresh in their minds and Sapp was special.

  14. Dooley Says:

    We didn’t have the roster space to just hold a guy who wasn’t going to play, probably why GMC was willing to take a roster spot on the practice squad, but even then we were battling a lot of injuries on both sides of the ball at different point in the 2021 season. Makes me wonder whether it was players just falling into old habits, the coaches not making these habits known to players as being reductive to the collective effort or a little bit of both and then some.

  15. Andrew Fish Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai Says:
    April 18th, 2023 at 11:05 am
    I wonder, Joe…will this finally be the year we start using a fullback again? Or a 265 monster TE who can double as a FB? (hint)

    Every year I hope we break the mold and draft one. We have not had a running game since the NFL stopped using FBs. Just saying.

    I would love to see a TE/FB player on this team with more plays with a FB. I do think kieft would fit that role though.

  16. KC Buc Says:

    Sure seems like Bob Sanders may have just mailed it in during his one season in TB. Sure feels like a handout to an old Arians friend that Bowles wasn’t eager for.

    As for GMC, I have to believe Bowles was the ringleader in releasing him from the team when he first arrived in 2019. Doesn’t surprise me that Bowles wasn’t interested in adding him as a practice squad mentor (probably because he’d be dancing on the sidelines…).

    I’m excited to see what George Edwards can do. The man had a hand in developing Micah Parsons into one of the elite pass rushers in the game. Maybe he can get JTS to be a serviceable starter and maybe help DW become an even greater pass rusher (assuming he’s still on the team).

  17. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Gerald doesnt know what defense was called for him to say if it was wrong or not

  18. Geno711 Says:

    I always thought that Gerald was just a superior athlete that knew how to exploit his speed and be a gap disrupter. However, when it came to end of the game heroics because he diagnosed something the offense was doing that could be exploited, it never happened.

    I don’t see him being an effective coach at all. Was never a real leader or teacher in my memory of him.

  19. Brandon Says:

    What a sacrifice by the Great Geraldini. “Hey, Bucs. Lemme come waste a roster spot on me and collect a paycheck while I give pointers on how to rush the passer. Now I know a guy that doesn’t play and just coaches is usually called a “coach” but my ego wants to see me suit up one last time and years after I was actually decent.” Cool story, Geraldine. There are lots of habits and tips that we’d prefer you kept to yourself… mainly which was how to disappear during times you were needed the most. Hard pass. Maybe you can con another team into taking you up on your player-coach offer.

  20. Pewter Power Says:

    So likely someone disagreed with his assessment but to be fair he grew up in a 4-3.

  21. BucsFanSince1996 Says:

    gotbbucs Says:
    Enough with this guy.

    He ended his own career when he switched to his vegan diet. Why does anyone want that influence around?
    Personally, I am very much a carnivore but there are elite athletes who are vegan including Barny du Plessis who won the Mr. Universe title back in 2014.

  22. TDTB2022 Says:

    β€œHe should go into the ice cream truck business. Seriously!,” Batman

  23. Rod Munch Says:

    The Bucs are kinda stupid, why wouldn’t you bring in a 6x Pro Bowler and 3x All-Pro who clearly wants to be there and be involved? So you could keep some scrub who is inactive every week on the roster? Just dumb.

    Reminds me of when Simeon Rice wanted to come to camp and try to make the team a few years back. Was he going to be able to do it at 45, or whatever his age was at the time? Probably not. But why wouldn’t you want a guy, with a direct link to the glory days, who’s a star, who wants to be there, in camp to work with a bunch of nobodies that probably don’t even know the Bucs won a SB (this is pre-2020).

    The Bucs have a really bad habit of just throwing away their past, as if it has no value.

  24. DoooshLaRue Says:


  25. gotbbucs Says:


    Doesn’t work in football. Only results in multitudes of soft tissue injuries.

  26. Rod Munch Says:

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  27. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    Tsss tsss career loser go play with your dolls

  28. Statguy Says:

    You can’t tell me he wouldn’t be an upgrade over Lori Locust

  29. Jonny Says:

    It may not have been as much about the roster spot or the cap, but much more to do with McCoy second guessing the coaches actually under contract to coach the D-line and defense. I understand why the coaches weren’t as keen on bringing him in. Not that it may have been the right call.

  30. ModHairKen Says:

    He’s not wrong.

  31. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    My first reaction was very similar to DoooshLaRue. πŸ˜€πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜„πŸ˜πŸ˜†πŸ˜…πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

    No offense to Gerald McCoy and maybe he’s a great coach.
    But we already have guys that can’t finish the play.

  32. Itzok Says:

    Best decision ever to not bring this soft cancer into what was a superbowl hopefull

  33. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    All joking aside. Gerald McCoy was a great DT when he played for Tampa. He would routinely get double teamed. That would allow our linebackers to run free. When McCoy went down for injury the defense suffered. With that being said I never thought of McCoy as a great pass rusher. He had an elite first step but he never seemed to be able to pair that quick first step with another effective move. It took him 2yrs to develop a swim move. He also didn’t have the power to bull rush through the O-line and collapse the pocket. So after that big first step he more often than not played peek a boo with the qb.

  34. Nybuccguy Says:

    Go back to the Panthers like you did last time. McCoy destroyed his own legacy signing with Carolina

  35. Rod Munch Says:

    JeffreyLane77 – Uh oh, you’re going to trigger the McCoy Mob, they get… GRRRR!!!! ANGRY!!!! when you mention McCoy, because he helped up a QB that he just nailed in the ribs, and he … GRRRR!!!!! …. reads comic books! THAT MAKES ME SO ANGRY!!!!! GRRRR!!!! SOFT SOFT !!!! GRRRRR!!!!

  36. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    Rod Munch. Lol

    It’s a divisive topic for sure. But you have to admit McCoy was the best DT this team had at the time. His pass rush wasn’t special by any means. But he was a good DT.

  37. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    One more thing. I bet if McCoy showed up to practice and asked to hangout and watch. They probably would have let him. Then he could have pulled guys aside after and talked to them about technique. Not strategy.

  38. steele Says:

    As if Gerald the powder puff could have helped.

  39. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    All the armchair DT’s preaching to McCoy, is comical.

  40. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Voted the best beautician from Brandon to the Bay…Hairdresser Hot Rod Mulch updated his Ring of Honor Power Poll:

    1) Winny The Saint
    2) Gerald ( Grr. )
    3) Matt Gay…the one that got away.

  41. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    McCoy made millions playing football.

    Who is the loser?

  42. Rod Munch Says:

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    Winny Testaverde, a man of steel
    He never shows emotion, never reveals
    The pain he carries, deep inside
    The scars of his past, he tries to hide

    But Winny Testaverde hurts the ones he loves
    He pushes them away, like a boxing glove
    He hates soft stuff, can’t show his heart
    But he’s tearing his life apart

    Winny Testaverde, a man of pride
    He never backs down, he never hides
    The fear he feels, he keeps inside
    He puts on a tough face, and never confides

    If only he could let go of his fears
    And open up to those who are near
    He could find love, and happiness too
    But he’s stuck in his ways, and doesn’t know what to do

    Winny Testaverde, a man of steel
    But even steel can break and feel
    The pain of a life, lived alone
    If only he could let love be shown.

  43. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Add β€œPrecious Poet” to Hairdresser Hot Rod’s multi-page resumΓ¨! Just when you thought he couldn’t get fruitier…

  44. D-Rome Says:

    I missed the story that GMC officially retired. He had a nice career and was unfairly dogged by Bucs fans for not being Warren Sapp. Good player, better person.

  45. Natron Says:

    Time to close the book on Cancer93

  46. Rod Munch Says:

    Winny – soften your heart.

  47. garro Says:

    The Answer Is That Our Coaches Have Big Egos! Yes Todd too!
    Imagine Gerald showing up on the bench and the pass rush improved!

  48. garro Says:

    It’s not without precident folks.
    Hardy Nickerson came to camp a few years ago and coached the guys up.

  49. Jon Grudin Says:

    Is Hardy Nickerson still alive? If so bring him back to coach. The guy was nails and the first man to change the tone and attitude on defense. He belongs in the ROH.

  50. ejm201 Says:

    @Jon Grudin Nickerson would be great but last I remember he stepped down from coaching due to health reasons, his wisdom would be nice.