Even with statistics, and even with McCoy being a great player, has he made a difference? An extra first and 16 million of cap space could be huge. Just buy a subscription to pff and sign the guys with the pressures stats.
Yes, he's made a huge difference. Just because he can't win games by himself (see Watt, J.J.) doesn't mean he's not playing at a high level.And who do you spend that extra 16 mill on? This is what's driving me crazy - the Bucs literally HAVE NOTHING TO SPEND THAT MONEY ON!!!! We've been spending TONS in FA every year since 2011 and have nothing to show for it. So we should use it to bring in more Michael Johnson's and Dashon Goldson's? It's almost like teams spend their cap money on their best players so they don't hit free agency...Instead, we have a chance to re-up with our best player in his prime, who's also the best 4-3 DT in football, and we have the cap space... and people want to TRADE him!?!?!?! I apologize for the virulence, but it's insane. Actually insane. edit: And the reason you can even say he's a great player while questioning if he's made a difference is because WE HAVE BARELY ANY TALENT. He's literally the only good player on our DL. Maybe Gholston develops, maybe Johnson starts playing to his contract, maybe McDonald maintains gap integrity... but right now we literally have one DL making plays.Which gets to the Ravens game. How were the Ravens able to both scheme purely against McCoy and slide away from him all the time? Because no one else on the DL can make a play.
He's a good player that plays a low impact position. He has had plenty of opportunities to get to the QB and make a difference in the outcome of the game and he just doesn't. He's been built up by the fan base because of his draft status and charisma. What's your plan? Tag him at $18.7M and then what? Give him $100M or tag him again at $22.5M? At some point we have to stop paying him QB money, and he's not going to take a paycut. So the only options are to trade him now or let him walk and take a compensation pick. The current option of paying him a million dollars a week for some run stuffs and minimal to no pressure is nothing but a failure.
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