correspondent Steve Cheah this week again takes a look at some key plays in the Bucs loss to New Orleans on Sunday. This week in the new feature, Cheah looks at the play of Gerald McCoy.

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy is definitely feeling the effects of being unable to fully utilize both of his hands. He struggled against the run at times on Sunday vs. New Orleans.

Here is the play directly before the Gerald McCoy vs. (Defensive Line Coach) Joe Cullen heated exchange on the sideline. As you can see, McCoy is quickly engaged on his left side and tries to fight through it, but wasn’t able to fill the gap in time to prevent the score.

McCoy performed best in passing downs and here shows the respect he still commands even with one hand. He draws a double team and gets some penetration. Once the pass leaves Drew Brees’ hand, McCoy races to the receiver and makes the tackle.

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5 years ago

In fairness to McCoy on that 2nd clip, my gosh Frasier if you know you have a 3 technique with 1 arm and the RB only needs 5 yards to score why are you lining him up so far from his gap? It also appears to me that Carter ran into the same gap that Spence was responsible for on that same play when he easily could have stuffed the middle. Carter ran that way with such confidence it leads me to believe he believes he was going to the correct gap so again, why have an injured McCoy come… Read more »

5 years ago

Yeah on that score that was Bruce Carters gap, not GMACs. Maybe we should be asking why Carter was climbing up the back of Akeem Spence instead of filling his gap. There is not a DT in football that would have made that play.