Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is one of the best in the NFL in his craft. He also happens to be one of the league’s most respected sportsmen. McCoy is known for not only helping his own teammates off the ground after plays, but also opponents. Believe it or not, this is a problem for some people.
Earlier this week, former Bucs offensive lineman Ian Beckles — now a sports talk radio host on 620 WDAE — criticized McCoy for helping opponents up after the whistle blows. McCoy defended himself on Tuesday.
“If anyone has a problem with me helping people up off the field, that’s a personal problem,” the two-time Pro Bowler said, via Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune. “It’s something you have to deal with. If people really pay attention, then you would also notice that when someone on the opposing team gets hurt, most of time there’s one person who walks on the field and says a prayer, and that’s me.”
These aren’t exactly negative qualities. Beckles asked Bucs radio analyst and former NFL tight end Dave Moore if he had a problem with McCoy being friendly with opponents, and Moore said it had no impact on the way McCoy plays. McCoy, who has four children, echoed those sentiments.
“People have families and kids, wives,” he said. “And 10 years down the line … what about that guy who you’re so concerned about how hard he’s going and he can’t play with his kids because he’s out there killing himself? That’s what I’m concerned about.
“On July 15 I had twins. On July 16 I was up here in the rain running gassers and hitting the bags. If you know another person doing that, then you can talk to me about how nice I am.”
If you remember, McCoy also said last year that he was scolded by former Bucs coach Greg Schiano for helping opponents off the ground. The fact that he is criticized for doing that in an era where we have NFL players getting arrested for domestic violence and other heinous crimes is unfathomable. Anyone who has a problem with McCoy being a classy opponent needs to get a life.
H/T Pro Football Talk
Greg Schiano may insist he still has control of his team, but the fact of the matter is there are players in his own locker room who don’t respect or like what he and his coaching staff stand for. If you need evidence of that, look no further than the comments defensive tackle Gerald McCoy made earlier this week.
During an interview with WDAE-AM 620 on Wednesday, McCoy told an interesting story about Tampa Bay’s coaching staff scolding him during the team’s loss to the Carolina Panthers last weekend. According to the former No. 3 overall pick, he irritated them by helping an opponent off the ground.
“I had my D-line coaches get on to me the other day,” McCoy said, as transcribed by JoeBucsFan.com. “Well, not get on to me, try to get on to me. There’s no way they’re going to get on to me for this. They got upset with me because I helped somebody up [in the game.] So what! I don’t care. Kiss my butt.
“Listen, if I want to help somebody, I’m going help somebody up. Because right on the next play I’m going to knock him down again. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter. That doesn’t change how hard I play. As long as in between the whistles I’m not helping anybody up, it doesn’t matter. So what if I help them off the ground?”
Schiano can insist the players on his 0-7 team still respect him if he wants, but I can probably name at least 25 coaches in the NFL whose players know better than to tell the coaching staff to kiss their butt on public airwaves.
“There’s nothing wrong with that,” McCoy continued. “Everybody’s not like that. If you don’t want to be like that, keep it to yourself. I don’t care. I don’t go tell them, ‘Hey, you’re not doing this. You’re not doing that.’ I don’t care. Everybody does what they do. If I help somebody up, get over it. Get over it.”
I’m with McCoy. There’s nothing wrong with helping an opponent up between plays. You can be a human being and still compete at the highest level. That being said, it doesn’t surprise me that the coach with these controversial kneel-down tactics does not want his players extending a helping hand. Schiano is a tough guy, which is why current and former players recently ripped him for wanting to be like Bill Belichick. It’s only a matter of time before he’s fired.
H/T Shutdown Corner
The New England Patriots schooled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-14 in the second week of the preseason Thursday night. The game doesn’t mean much, but it was a good learning experience for the young Tampa Bay squad. They were outscored 28-0 in the first half and got shredded by New England’s first-team offense. Former third overall pick Gerald McCoy joked about the beat down after the game, saying the big problem was the tempo of the Pats’ offense.
“Man, I’m telling you man, they came out, they’d turn around huddle, snap, oh, ‘There’s the Mike, Go!’ I was like, ‘Dang! Um, Mr. Brady, can we line up?'” McCoy joked. “[Brady] didn’t care. He was like, ‘You’re not going to line up.’ When we turned around one time I checked back around and my hand was going to the grass and they were like, ‘Hut!’ And I said, ‘Noooooooooooo!’”
McCoy can afford to joke because it’s only the preseason. Moreover, he says the game was a good learning experience for the Bucs and it will help prepare them for the future. Maybe that is the case, but I’d much rather be on the winning end of a beat down, even if it is the preseason.
Tampa Bay has a good team and I believe in Josh Freeman, but they’re due for a regression this year against a tougher schedule.