While Gerald McCoy’s eventual departure from the Buccaneers has seemed unavoidable for months, nonetheless it was a bit of a shocking feeling when it finally happened, especially to the players who have worked and toiled and fought next to him for years.

It was unsurprisingly a hot topic as players left the field following OTA’s on Tuesday and some, when speaking to the media, shared their feelings on the situation or stories from their time around the franchise’s third overall draft pick in 2010.

Bucs CB Vernon Hargreaves and S Chris Conte - Photo by: Getty Images
Bucs CB Vernon Hargreaves and S Chris Conte – Photo by: Getty Images

“It’s huge, it’s huge,” Vernon Hargreaves said of McCoy’s departure. “I don’t have to say anything about Gerald, everybody knows what he brought to the table. Business is business unfortunately, and we’re going to miss him for sure, we’re going to miss him.”

Although Beau Allen spent just one year with McCoy, signing with the Bucs during the 2018 offseason, he joined him on the team’s defensive line group. As a fellow defensive tackle, the two were likely tasked with working together as much as anyone else on the team throughout the season and training camp.

“I don’t want to say too much because I haven’t had the chance to speak with him yet,” Allen said. “I’d rather have that conversation with him in person than in front of you fine folk, but I was with him for one year and he’s a hell of a player, he’s a great a football player. He’s a great guy, I think a lot of times people forget about the guys that are behind the masks, especially in a situation like this. I can’t say enough about G as a player, as a guy, and I’m going to tell him that in person when I get the chance.”

Longtime offensive tackle Demar Dotson also shared his feelings on the departure. Dotson was unique in that he has quite possibly spent as much time as McCoy’s teammate over the years than anyone else, joining the Bucs as an undrafted free agent in 2009 – one year prior to McCoy – and remaining with the Bucs throughout both of their careers in Tampa Bay.

“Gerald is a tremendous player and he’s a tremendous person too,” Dotson said. “He communicates with everybody, he’s a good family man, he provides for his wife and kids and he’s a Godly Christian man. It’s just unfortunate it’s a business. When you’ve got a high salary and you start to get 30-years-old, that’s how the business is. One thing about Gerald, he can still play. He’s going to let you know he can still play and everybody believes that he can still play, so Gerald’s going to be OK.”

Demar Dotson – Photo by: PewterReport.com
Demar Dotson – Photo by: PewterReport.com

Dotson continued with a story from McCoy’s younger days with the team, highlighting the purely dominant nature that defensive tackle played with.

“I remember years ago, probably three or four years ago, this guy used to line up against the starting left guard, beat the left guard, go to the center and beat the center, go to the right guard and beat the right guard three times in a row,” Dotson said. “We used to joke about that. As he got older I said, ‘Man, remember when you used to go and line up three times in a row and beat every single guy?’ That’s just the kind of guy he was when he was younger and would work like that. As you get older you don’t put yourself through that because it’s hard but that’s just the kind of guy he was.”

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Gerald McCoy was a terrible overpaid player. He never was worth the money the Bucs gave him. He was never in shape and never worked hard. The Bucs gave him what the Texans gave JJ Watt. McCoy could not carry Watts jock strap. I remember one night Chris Collingsworth commented on how out of gas McCoy was in the fourth quarter of a game. Good riddance!!

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  2. This Is Money Talking Not Your Hart You Jackass

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  3. Can only remember one game against the Falcons where he got to Matt Ryan on the final drive to help win the game. That’s it
    If you have fans arguing about if u are a great player or not, chances are your not.
    No one argues about whether Sapp or JJ Watt are or were great.

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  4. True words DrD. That was always my main problem with McCoy. You just knew Sapp was going to make a play in the fourth when the team needed it. Until you reminded me of the Matt Ryan sack, I can’t remember when McCoy closed out a game or even dominated for a whole game like you see the greats do. McCoy has always been a good player, but I wouldn’t say he was ever great.

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  5. I’m sure the other players will miss him. From the superhero discussions to turning-his-frown-upside-down after embarrassing losses with silly jokes and laughter to whipping up a fresh batch of soft baked cookies for his guys, his impact can’t be measured.

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  6. You don’t make 6 pro bowls in 9 yrs just posin for pictures and smilin. To those who say GMC was garbage..then YOU don’t know much about football. I’m hopin he gets to a team where he can be the icing on the cake and not have to be..the man like he was here. Or have many of you forgotten..those many yrs we neglected our pityful Defense and GMC pulled the load. I like the way GMC held his own throughout all of this. He never..went off like many fans wanted him to. He just went about his business of training. I wish him and his family nothing but the best. And something tells me..he will receive..just that. He’s a class act.

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  7. @twspin The Pro Bowl IS a popularity contest. The Steelers had 7 players selected last year. The Cowboys had 8 players. It is purely based on fan voting. Fans can vote for a player up to 10 times. The nfl decides who is even on the ballot. Lavonte David has been better at his position, available for all but 7 games in his 7 year career and has only one pro bowl.

    Warren Sapp stood in Lee Roy Selmon’s shadow…for about 5 minutes until he FORGED his own legacy.

    I hope and pray that Gerald McCoy is signed by Carolina for $15 million. OR Atlanta for $20 million. OR New Orleans for $25 million. He would FINALLY help the Bucs if he did.

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  8. Gerald McCoy came across as a politician many times. He wanted to be liked maybe a bit too much and maybe it bothered him a bit too much if he wasn’t liked. He’ll be in the ROH one day, and I wish him the best, but I think the timing of all of this is best for both sides. McCoy and the Bucs needed to go separate paths. It was time for change for both sides.

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  9. That’s not how pro bowl voting works sombrero. Fan votes count for only 1/3 of the final tally…whether 2 fans vote, or 2 million vote. Stuffing the ballot box doesn’t get your player more than 1/3 of the weight. If the coaches and players (who also get 1/3 each) disagree with the fans … even 2 million of them, then they win. In other words, the opinions of those in the game (players and coaches) count twice (2:1) as much as the opinions of the fans. It would be more accurate to say GMC made 6 pro bowls as selected by players and coaches, than to say he did so as selected by fans.

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  10. you’re always a class act Big G

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  11. BA wanted to see if McCoy was one of his guys who could take criticism and return full potential to the team. McCoy took the criticism, he was motivated by the criticism but wasn’t thick skinned enough to return to the team to prove to BA his worth as a Buccaneer. In some ways he shouldn’t have anything left to prove but on the business side I’m glad the front office is finally making everyone prove it at all times. This isn’t the country club it’s a battle where everyone it’s held accountable. Nothing bad to say about Gerald other than he couldn’t handle the challenge. I don’t even blame him for not feeling like he should have to. Good luck brother, I think we’ll see a different player because of the motivation he recieved from this.

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  12. I like McCoy – I really do. But $13 million for 6 sacks and non-dominating play just won’t cut it – especially since (apparently) we need the cash badly for other players/positions. Maybe it was the godawful defensive schemes we’ve been playing (Mike Smith – looking at you, you bum!!) or maybe it was just getting old. We won’t know until he plays for another team. Either way, no longer our concern. I just wish it was handled better from a management stand point. If he wasn’t willing to restructure/take less money (and I do NOT blame him for refusing to do so), then business is business. Let’s all move. No more stories about where’s McCoy, is he coming to camp, etc. Now it’s up to Licht to use that $13 mil WISELY. Do it or HE should be the next to go. Go Bucs!!!!!

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  13. I thought Big Dot’s remarks were a bit telling and perhaps exactly what Bruce saw in his roster evaluation. “Remember when you used to beat guys?” As DrD recalled, that one memorable play to ice Matty Ice.

    Looks like the exchange of GMC for Suh has been in the works for a while. Just because we aren’t privy to the plan doesn’t mean there isn’t one. To me there are two sought-after benefits to the swap. Lower salary and different attitude. Moves like this one are evidence that Bruce must not have liked the mentality of the team……….especially the Defense.

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  14. I thought same Scubog. Almost gave him back handed compliment. Of course could say same to him. Remember when you were considered one of best RT and now you aren’t? Lol.

    McCoy was never that dominant game changer. I was thinking same as Dr. D I tried think back and think of games McCoy was a difference maker. The Atlanta game few years ago in Atlanta was first game of year I think and we won because McCoy got to Ryan. Other than that play o draw blank on him. So many memories of Sapp sealing games….

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  15. Final thoughts….

    GMC was a Good player for the Bucs and a Great team ambassador for the community. A good guy, a class act. Accolades that come a players way are mostly deserved – he earned his Pro Bowls and All Pros. Any DT on this team will be compared with #99. None will live up to that because he may have been the best ever.

    My guess is he lands some place where he doesn’t have to play as many snaps and finally can have an impact in the 4th Qtr. He’ll get a decent deal with incentives to earn hi $13mm or more, and with a chip on his shoulder, he’ll have a great year.

    The Bucs finally have someone in Such that is in the mold of #99. He’s past his prime, but will bring the fury to the trenches we have been missing since Sapp left. Along with Vea and White, a new tone is emerging. Along with a drive for elite speed. I expect more moves are on the way – on both sides of the ball.

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  16. Against Seattle at home in 2016, McCoy sacked Russell Wilson on what I believe was the final drive to help close out that victory…

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  17. Recall the flying arms from McCoy out to the side celebrating down by the south endzone after the play.

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  18. What an outpouring of support! DeSean Jackson received many of the same comments from former teammates.

    Bye bye McCoy! If you’re reading this, please strongly consider signing with an NFC South team so we can see you twice a year! That would be a big help!

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  19. Best Quote of the McCoy Mess – drdneast.

    “If you have fans arguing about if u are a great player or not, chances are your not.”

    That is quotable, I’m likely to use it.

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