“Ain’t Nobody Closing No Gap On Us”

June 22nd, 2024

Gerald McCoy

Six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, the retired Buccaneer, was all jacked up this week like Joe hasn’t heard him in a long time.

He was firing away sharing his love for all things Bucs on WDAE radio and was absolutely appalled by any suggestion that the Falcons are somehow good enough with Kirk Cousins to dethrone the Bucs as NFC South champs.

McCoy even made a point to note how he likes the Falcons — his great friend Jacquies Smith, the former Bucs edge rusher, is Atlanta’s new outside linebackers coach. And he talked about his strong relationship with new Falcons head coach Raheem Morris. (Apparently, they worked out their tackling disagreement.)

Still, McCoy finds talk of a Falcons uprising preposterous.

“Ain’t nobody closing no gap on us. Ok, so if [Atlanta] got better, what did we do?’ McCoy ranted. “They couldn’t see us before and we brought back a team with essentially the same guys, added some key pieces, and they’re more comfortable and know each other even more and got something to prove. And I’m supposed to be scared of the Falcons? Tuhhh, please.”

McCoy also lauded Baker Mayfield’s energy (he said they had a discussion two weeks ago), Lavonte David and Mike Evans being true Hall of Fame players, Chris Godwin coming back full steam, Vita Vea’s body commitment and Calijah Kancey being about to take the next step, among other impressive aspects of the 2024 Bucs.

McCoy is all-in on all things Tampa. However, McCoy noted that he again will never pick against the Bucs as co-host of the popular NFL Network pregame show.

He said he told that to NFL Network folks last year and they told him ex-players say that about their old team and they get over it quickly. McCoy stuck to it, he said, and will again in 2024.

Joe loves McCoy’s passion. He’s become the ultimate Bucs homer. Perhaps he should call Mark Dominik.

37 Responses to ““Ain’t Nobody Closing No Gap On Us””

  1. Gbobucsfan Says:

    Is that proper English??? Wow.

  2. Hodad Says:

    Have to agree with him.

  3. Pickgrin Says:

    Remember that time…. First game as a Panther I believe – when McCoy did his batman fly through upon entering the field while proclaiming he was “home”…..

    I think he was in Charlotte for less than 1 full year…… LOL

  4. Bucnjim Says:

    I like the fact that he still considers himself a Buccaneer.

  5. SenileSenior Says:

    I hate spell checkers.

    I recall a time when “ain’t” was not correct English. Now it is. A double negative is bad logic but people do it all of the time.

    Now back to the Bucs …Gmac speaks the truth.

  6. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I would love a young GMac.

    When he was here, they surrounded him with subpar talent until he was past his prime. With the guys we have now, Gerald would have done extremely well.

  7. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai Says:
    “With the guys we have now, Gerald would have done extremely well.”

    Geraldine would have cried and refused to play in our current defense. Mike Smith talked about transitioning away from a 4-3 defense, and McCoy balked. I’m pretty sure that was covered here in Joe Bucs Fan back in 2016 or 17.

  8. Gbobucsfan Says:

    Senile….spellcheckers are one thing……sounding like an absolute idiot is another…..

  9. Dave Pear Says:

    Gerald is fun now that he’s not disappearing in 4th quarters for the Bucs anymore. And the last thing he needs to do is call the stooge Mark Dumbestnik, for any reason.

  10. BucVoyager Says:

    I don’t understand the hate for this guy. He’s a lifelong Buc fan like many of us. Just because he didn’t win a ring with us, doesn’t make him less of a fan.

  11. Dave Pear Says:

    I don’t see any hate for Gerald at all.

    But facts are facts. In his entire career he made one (half?) of one play when he grabbed Matt Ryan’s ankle on 4th down when the Fowl were trying to make a last second comeback. Otherwise………_________________________

    He was a good player. Like BA said. Not a game changer, not a game wrecker. Suh came in and immediately showed the difference.

    But Gerald is a great dude, great fan, he’d be a fun neighbor, excellent conversationalist, no doubt.

  12. MadMax Says:

    Gerald knows….thanks for sticking around as a fan big man

  13. Greg Says:

    I don’t know why, but I just don’t like that guy.

  14. Dave Pear Says:

    When Gene D and Dave M call it good, Gerald would be EXCELLENT in the booth with whoever the Bucs hire to do play by play next. He is really good on the microphone. That would be awesome.

  15. Travis Says:

    I agree with everything he said I really like our draft and I think a few guys that could take the next step Kancey, McCollum, Goedeke, Otton etc.

  16. heyjude Says:

    Got to love McCoy! I loved that he said “us” when talking about the Bucs. Says so much about where his heart is at. Glad he stuck up for what he believes in on the NFL network. That was interesting too. The NFL network told him to get over it. Says so much about them.

  17. garro Says:

    Ok…That is two posts that told me nothing using two folks who are about as useful as the proverbial screen door…

    We had a good draft…I think? Has it ever been otherwise this time of year?

    Gerald is not a guy I have much use for other than when he was on the field. WDAE has had some great coverage of the Bucs in the past. These days? Not so much. After Beckless running his mouth regularly ….Nope!


    Go Bucs!

  18. go dawgs Says:

    agree garro^ the morning and early afternoon shows on WDAE are unlistenable.

  19. JimBobBuc Says:

    I wish McCoy and Suh could light a fire under Hall. After VV and Kancey, who do we have? We’re rotating in Hall and Gaines a lot….

  20. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    heyjude Says:
    “Glad he stuck up for what he believes in on the NFL network… The NFL network told him to get over it.”

    What was that about? I missed it.

  21. CTBucs Says:

    When he says us, is he talking about the Bucs or the Panthers? That’s an unforgivable career path. Just like Canales….

  22. heyjude Says:

    McCoy is talking about the Bucs.

  23. Bakersbucs says Says:

    once we inherited texting wallah short spelling hell people abbreviate so much with 2 letter sentences it takes me 1/2 hour trying to figure out what it meant & 1)2 the time I don’t figure it out

  24. DoooshLaRue Says:

    You know, as often as his mouth is open and the surprising number of people who are willing to listen to this moron, he should really consider advertising on his upper gums.

    Joe, you may want to reach out to Ol’ Softie…….

  25. Jake been there since the beginning Says:

    I’m down with McCoy!! I think the Bucs did a pretty good job picking at the end of rounds, it’s not easy. A couple of guys fell and the Bucs grabbed the best they could. There are some really great things cooking up in this bay!! Barton and McMillan are really nice. Braswell is going to be really good, Smith can play all over the backfield, will be useful for sure. Let’s Go Bucs!!!!

  26. Oneilbuc Says:

    Gerald McCoy deserve to be in the ring of honor!!

  27. Buc1987 Says:

    BucVoyager…some fans get hated on.

  28. ModHairKen Says:

    “Ain’t nobody closing no gap on us.”

    Is it too much to ask a college educated man to speak with proper grammar? Ignorance is not cool. Its just makes him sound like a fool.

  29. SlyPirate Says:


    GMC’s rookie year the Bucs played the Saints for the first time. GMC was asked about the rivalry the next week. I still remember his comment, “I played for Oklahoma. Texas was our rival. We HATED them the week before the game. After the game, it was back to normal. We were cool. With the Saints, we hate them before the game, during the game, and after the game. It’s crazy.”

    You have to love GMC the person. The player-leader was meh, but he is a really good dude. He obviously inherited his life-long love for the Bucs from Sapp. Cool legacy there.

  30. Rod Munch Says:

    SenileSenior Says:
    June 22nd, 2024 at 8:18 pm

    A double negative is bad logic but people do it all of the time.


    The sentence “Ain’t nobody closing no gap on us” is a triple negative. In this structure, three separate negative elements are utilized within a single clause. Firstly, “ain’t” serves as a colloquial contraction for “is not” or “are not,” establishing the initial negation. Secondly, “nobody” functions as a negative pronoun, indicating the absence of any person. Lastly, “no” acts as a negative determiner modifying “gap.”

    In standard English, the proper way to express the intended meaning is: “Nobody is closing the gap on us.”

  31. Oneilbuc Says:

    I’m not making a prediction until week 1 because of trades and injuries!! But if we survive the training camp and preseason without injuries then I believe we will win the division again.

  32. RamblingRhino Says:

    “Gerald McCoy deserve to be in the ring of honor!!”

    Hey Oneilbuc, Not before our own multi Buccaneer records holder RB James Wilder. In my opinion, there should not be another inducted to the Ring of Honor before him. He was our Team’s Ray of Sunshine on many many many bad dark seasons. He showed up and did his best to beat the guy in front of him.

  33. Rod Munch Says:

    RamblingRhino – I like Wilder, and he should be in there, but the guy only had 2 good seasons, although they were very good. All those carries wore the guy out.

    As for McCoy vs Wilder, no question McCoy should get in first – but it’s a team ring of honor, just put them both in, it’s not like there’s any actual rules or voting or anything – just who is available to show-up and might sell a few more tickets.

  34. heyjude Says:

    @Hunter’s crack pipe says “What was that about? I missed it.”

    “McCoy is all-in on all things Tampa. However, McCoy noted that he again will never pick against the Bucs as co-host of the popular NFL Network pregame show.”

    “He said he told that to NFL Network folks last year and they told him ex-players say that about their old team and they get over it quickly. McCoy stuck to it, he said, and will again in 2024.”

  35. Oneilbuc Says:

    I wasn’t around when Wilder played so I don’t know that much about him . I’ve been a bucs for 30 years. I don’t remember watching him play!!

  36. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    heyjude Says:
    @Hunter’s crack pipe says “What was that about? I missed it.”

    OK I feel stupid. LOL
    I thought you were referring to something other than this story. Why did I think this? I do not know. 🤷‍♂️

  37. Obvious Says:

    I never personally disliked McCoy. McCoy LOVED to play I think and it was Obvious to anybody watching that he LOVED/STILL LOVES “his team”, ForEver and Always.

    He just didn’t seem to care about winning the BIG ONE. Maybe he finally figured out that management didn’t want it bad enough so he lost his heart for that Ultimate aspect of THE GAME. He definitely DID NOT have enough support around him to truly win much for years. Pretty much management NEVER threw support behind McCoy during his entire career. At least not that I can recall.

    In the end it all equals………

    “WILLPOWER” Someone with the willpower to carry out WHATEVER is necessary to win and the “COURAGE OF CONVICTION to MAKE IT A REALITY”

    Turns out those types of people can be RARE as well as HARD TO LOCATE. Is Jason Licht that guy? He has been before! Can he NOT ONLY do it AGAIN but actually DO IT EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST TIME he put the WINNING COMBINATION together? Is there enough time left to do it before certain SPECIALIST are gone OR does he have an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT Vision of what could be?