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SR’s Fab 5 is a collection of inside scoop, analysis and insight from yours truly, PewterReport.com publisher and Bucs beat writer Scott Reynolds. Here are a few things that caught my attention this week at One Buc Place and around the NFL.

FAB 1. Suh Brings A Needed Edge To Bucs Defense

It was tempting.

New Bucs general manager Jason Licht thought about it back in 2014.

What if he didn’t re-sign Gerald McCoy and allowed McCoy to hit free agency and pursued Ndamukong Suh? Both were good players, but Suh had a real edge about him – more of an edge than McCoy did.

At the time, the Bucs defense had two good players on it – McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David. Letting McCoy go in free agency was a risk because there was no guarantee that the Bucs, who were in the midst of a 2-14 season, could lure Suh to Tampa Bay in March of 2015. There was also a chance that Suh could get re-signed by Detroit and never hit free agency.

Letting McCoy, who at the time was the face of the Bucs defense and a vital cog in Lovie Smith’s defense as the three-technique tackle, get away in free agency and not land Suh was a risk that a first-year general manager couldn’t afford to take at the time. Licht was just getting his feet wet in that role, and McCoy had shown a willingness to re-sign with Tampa Bay during the 2014 season and avoid free agency. Lovie Smith’s Tampa Bay defense needed a stud three-technique

McCoy was going to come cheaper because of the timing in October. Waiting until March and letting Suh and McCoy, former first-round picks in 2010, hit the market at the same time could trigger a bidding war among teams for their services that would drive both of their price tags much higher – and leave Tampa Bay without either one.

Licht loved the edge and nastiness that Suh played with, but he took the safer route and re-signed McCoy to a six-year, $95.2 million contract extension on October 25, 2014 with $51 million in guaranteed money and an average salary of nearly $15.9 million per year. Suh wound up signing a six-year, $114.375 million deal with Miami on March 8, 2015 before moving on to Los Angeles last year on a one-year, $14 million deal while helping get the Rams to the Super Bowl.

Ten years after general manager Mark Dominik and head coach Raheem Morris just missed out on Suh, and five years after Licht didn’t risk swapping out McCoy for Suh, the Buccaneers finally land their man.

Suh is finally a Buccaneer, signing a one-year deal worth $9.25 million that can increase to $10 million with incentives.

McCoy did a lot right in Tampa Bay and had a Bucs career on and off the field that he, the team and its fans should be proud of. McCoy was a model citizen, a great role model and teammate, a leader on the defense for a while and an outstanding citizen in the Tampa Bay area. He finished his career with 54.5 sacks, which ranks fourth all-time in Bucs history behind Hall of Famers Lee Roy Selmon (78.5) and Warren Sapp (77) and defensive end Simeon Rice (69.5).

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

But despite the fact that he made six Pro Bowls, McCoy played on just two winning teams – a 10-6 squad in 2010 and a 9-7 team in 2016 – in Tampa Bay, and that too will be part of his legacy. Football is the ultimate team sport, and one man alone can’t turn a franchise into a playoff team.

McCoy certainly tried to reach the postseason during his nine years with the Bucs. He was always in shape, always striving for wins and always craving a playoff appearance and a shot at the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay. Yet should McCoy make the Bucs Ring of Honor, he will be the only inductee that has not been a part of a playoff team during his time in Tampa Bay.

McCoy had his detractors in the Bucs fan base and also some at One Buccaneer Place. It’s worth noting that McCoy wasn’t voted as a team captain last year for the first time since he took on that honor early in his career.

After a generation of Tampa Bay fans saw the ferociousness with which Sapp played the game and led a bad ass defense to the playoffs again and again – and ultimately to a Super Bowl – McCoy, with his ever-present smile and friendly demeanor, could not live up to those lofty expectations, especially entering the league as the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

While Sapp was a legend in Tampa Bay, McCoy was just merely very good – or great, depending on how you define the word “great.” McCoy’s critics moaned that he never really took over games, that he smiled and shook hands with the enemy immediately after losses, and that he helped quarterbacks up after sacking them, and was even caught apologizing to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the act of hitting him on Monday Night Football last year when McCoy was mic’d up.

Selmon was a similar gentleman on and off the field, but could get away with it because he was simply a much better player than McCoy was – a Hall of Famer in fact.

Make no mistake. Suh is no gentleman on the field.

The Nebraska star had racked up $216,875 in fines by the league for four violations in the first four years and that total has climbed to over $600,000 after nine seasons. He’s viewed as one of the league’s dirtiest players – the exact opposite of McCoy’s nice guy image.

Bucs DT Ndamukong Suh
Bucs DT Ndamukong Suh – Photo by: Getty Images

The name “Ndamukong” in its native Cameroon, and means “house of spears.”

Suh’s play on the field is as ferocious as the meaning of his first name. According to Pro Football Focus, he’s a better run defender than McCoy, and their pass rushing ability is about even. Suh only had 4.5 sacks last year compared to McCoy’s six, but Suh was playing the five-technique defensive tackle spot and nose tackle, while All-Pro Aaron Donald received the bulk of one-on-ones with guards as the three-technique defensive tackle in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 Under defense.

New Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles deploys a similar 3-4 defensive scheme and Suh will replace McCoy as the three-technique defensive tackle and have more favorable pass-rushing opportunities more often than he did in his lone year with the Rams last year.

He will likely take on McCoy’s No. 93, which will irk some of McCoy’s fans.

Keep in mind that the only sacred jerseys within the Bucs franchise are Selmon’s No. 63, Sapp’s No. 99, Derrick Brooks’ No. 55, Ronde Barber’s No. 20, John Lynch’s No. 47 and Mike Alstott’s No. 40. The jersey numbers of Simeon Rice (No. 97) and Hardy Nickerson (No. 56), who accomplished more in Tampa Bay than McCoy did, were given out to new Buccaneers after their departure, too.

It will be interesting to see where McCoy lands and for how much money. Bucs fans undoubtedly will be comparing the play of Suh with that of McCoy all year long to gauge whether Licht made the right move.

Of the two, Suh has always had the upper hand with the exception of one more Pro Bowl berth by McCoy during their NFL careers. In his final year at Nebraska, Suh won the Outland Trophy, the Lombardi Award, the Bronko Nagurski Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the AP Player of the Year honors.

McCoy didn’t even win Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 – Suh did. About the only thing Suh didn’t win that year was the Heisman Trophy.

Suh got drafted one spot ahead of McCoy, and was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2010. Suh has made over $24 million more than McCoy over the last nine years, and has been to a place than McCoy has only dreamed of – the playoffs.

Bucs DT Ndamukong Suh
Bucs DT Ndamukong Suh – Photo by: Getty Images

With the original “no risk it, no biscuit” man – Bruce Arians – now at One Buccaneer Place and giving Licht his blessing, the Bucs are risking that Suh will be an upgrade over McCoy, in addition to saving a few million worth of salary cap space. We’ll see if it pans out.

Among the many factors that come along with Suh making his way to Tampa Bay on a one-year deal, Licht is counting on the edgy style of play that Suh brings to the Buccaneers to maintain his own slight edge over McCoy as the better defensive tackle between the two stars from the 2010 NFL Draft class.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

46 COMMENTS

  1. What people don’t realize about Suh is that he is a very cerebral player and he can make adjustments on the fly if a defensive play doesn’t go according to plan.

    Simply put Suh is a pure football player that you can line up anywhere on the line as a mismatch piece. Whether it is a 3 technique, nose tackle, 5 technique or even as a wide 9 LEO Suh will rush the passer or find the ball carrier.

    He has the quickness and strength to beat 1 on 1 blocks. But Suh’s patience and intelligence has not been reported on as much which is a shame. Suh truly is both very instinctive but also a chess player with how he sets up DL like Sapp did by thinking of 2-3 moves ahead.

    Don’t underestimate Suh is my advice.

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  2. I do not know very much about Suh on paper he is good D Lineman which is needed alot without JPP and McCoy.
    I just ask why no one else wanted him what do they know that Bucs don’t?
    I can not make educated comment because I do not know the answer.

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    • Your last sentence sums up most of your posts. But we are all impressed that you are making an attempt at constructing them.
      GO BUCS

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  3. Scott, I appreciate you always putting a positive spin on things but Suh was always and I mean always the back up plan. They could have signed Suh right after the Super Bowl but decided to wait on Mccoy all the way til the end of May before making this move. So no this was not always the plan but it could very well work to be good for us considering the $$ factor.
    Let’s just hope as Bucs fans that Suh shows up “hungry” and eager to lead this young crop of talent that’s here and turn this ship around like Hardy Nickerson did back in the 90’s. Go Bucs!!!

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  4. Scott

    Another good article. I will hold off my further comments for awhile. I’ll digest yours.

    Except for this one. The injury to Perriman just might open the door a little further for Scotty Miller. He is much smaller but also has blazing speed. He has already shown he has great hands according to reports. He had better jump on this opportunity.
    _________
    Go Bucs!!!

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  5. I enjoyed going down memory lane with the Hardy Nickerson comparison you’re right about him. He was the first Buccaneers in Nike commercials shown ripping the face mask off of running backs and shown trying to knock the chest off Wideouts. No doubt Brooks and Lynch benefited from him because he brought the heat every Sunday.

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  6. I hope you are right for our sake here Scott. But Suh plays for Suh. Always has..always will. Trust me, after the one yr deal. Buc fans are want to throw this guy to the wolves. Yes, he will flash and play good in spurts.
    He’s not consistent..well he is..in penalties! We will see here shortly.But don’t expect sacks from this guy. He is a run stuffer though. I’m still not sure we gained a lot with him. Only time will tell.

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    • He’s got more sacks than GMC in their respective careers, he’s also played more games, snaps, and has more tackles. At a $3 million discount, I’d say we walked away winners in this deal

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  7. A couple of thoughts on why Suh landed in Tampa

    Suh wasn’t picked up by other teams because:
    1. He’s 32.
    2. Expensive short term solution. His compensation was 3x a 1st round draft pick last year.
    3. There was a ton of talent in a deep d-line draft this year.
    4. Some think he started too slow last season and they were waiting for his price to drop.

    and/or maybe…
    5. He didn’t want them. HE chose Tampa because HE wanted to play for Bowles in Tampa. If his market was set at $10 million, why not play in a state with no state income tax(again)?

    I don’t know and I don’t care, really. I have always liked his brute nature and think he will change some mindsets. It seriously sucks that JPP is hurt. That would have been tough for any offense to deal with.

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  8. Excellent Pick up even if it is only for one year.

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  9. @twspin Penalties is an interesting comparison. In 2018…

    McCoy played 14 games and had 4 penalties accepted for 30 yards and 3 out of 4 occured at home. Roughing the Passer(1), Illegal Use of Hands(1), Neutral Zone Violation(1), Defensive Offsides(1)

    Suh played in 19 games(including playoffs) and had 6 penalties accepted(1 declined) for 53 yards and only 1 out of 7 occured at home. Roughing the Passer(2), Neutral Zone(3), Defensive Holding(2)

    So the difference is 2 penalties for 23 yards, but the guy played in 5 more games than McCoy.

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    • I haven’t watched him closely but it seems like Suh is one of those guys who’s reputation may be overblown. He does have a few blatant penalties for stomping QBs and such, but I think BA will keep him in check. He’s much more Sapp than GMC will ever be as far as playing style.

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  10. Suh / Vea / Nelson

    Nassib / David / White / Barrett

    Our Front 7 may not have a ton of Depth but the Suh addition really does look like an upgrade and solidified our front.

    The cheap shots from Suh always turned me off of him but it seems he’s improved in that area since then and watching tape of him even last year and he is still as fast as ever and quick and still plays hard. I’m excited to see what he can still do. I feel like we have the right staff to handle someone like him and we might finally get the Grit back on our Defense.

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  11. My favorite Buc for the last 7 years has been #54. I am stunned every year when he turns in another massive season, only to be snubbed by All-Pro and Pro Bowl voters. I love hearing the Bucs finally plan on using him like Schiano did. That was a great season for David, even with the few boneheaded mistakes(DONT HIT GENO GOING OUT OF BOUNDS!!)

    Hopefully it leads to some really big plays, big wins and some well deserved recognition finally!

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  12. Good feedback on penalty history of Suh/McCoy by BigSombrero. Surprisingly close, as were many of their defensive stats. That’s where the similarities end. Suh will not be apologizing to QB’s and/or helping them up after a knockdown, to me that’s a big plus in the Suh column.

    I like the one year deal, he will be motivated to earn another big contract in 2020, either here or elsewhere. I applauded Licht for locking McCoy up in 2014 for a long term deal, but I wonder if GMC would have had a more productive 2018 season if it had been a contract year – turns out it was, afterall,, which will cost him wherever he signs this off-season.

    I am cautiously optimistic about this signing and becoming less cautious each day since. Ponder this, if Suh HAD SIGNED ELSEWHERE, what were our remaining options prior to training camp opening??

    Go Bucs!!

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  13. 9.5 million is a lot better than paying 13.5 million. A 4 million dollar difference. I’ll take my chances with suh. No risk it no biscuit right? As for David, the pro bowl should no longer be an indicator of hof status, especially for someone whose the nfls most snubed player. David still looks like the player Tampa drafted out of Nebraska and plays at an all Pro level week in and week ouy, season after season. When it’s all said and done, I expect David to be in our ring of fame and if he continues to produce the way he does and gets to the post season, I have no doubt he could one day find his way to Canton.

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  14. The logic of Buc Ass Bob is truly comical. “Why no one else wanted him (Suh)?” Really?

    I suppose the same reasoning could be applied to all potential draftees who were still available. Why did no one select Sapp or Brooks in 1995 until those Bucs did? When GMC ultimately signs with another team, I suppose their fans could dispel the acquisition and ask why even the lowly Bucs didn’t want him.

    I suppose if you are thinking about marrying a woman, to whom no one else proposed, you should reconsider.

    Perhaps this has been in the works for longer than we know and it just had to play out. Just maybe Suh didn’t like any of the potential suitors who were on bended knee.

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  15. While changing out McCoy for Suh appears to be a money move, I think that McCoy just didn’t fit into what Bowles wants to do on defense. Suh is very good against the run and I believe that Vea also showed similar traits late last season. To me, it looks like we are going to play to contain the run and let the linebackers be the disruptive players off the edge and via the blitz. In this scheme, McCoy, whom doesn’t play the run as good as Suh and is more of a pass rusher isn’t as good a fit. McCoy’s strength is to disrupt on the way to the quarterback where Suh appears to clog and control the LOS.

    I suspect our leading sacker this year to be David or even White.

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  16. I can’t help it I have to ask this question are 31 NFL teams wrong and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the pewter boys correct no other team was interested at any price in Bruce Arians or Suh Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t want Gerald McCoy but 10 other teams are jumping at him have to ask who’s right and who’s wrong 31 NFL teams for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    • I’m seriously questioning that there are 10 teams out there that even have the cap space to pickup GMC. 10 “interested” teams doesn’t necessarily mean there are 10 realistic landing spots.

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  17. “Of the two, Suh has always had the upper hand with the exception of one more Pro Bowl berth by McCoy during their NFL careers.”

    Uh, no. Last two years, who had more sacks, McCoy or Suh? You might be surprised to learn that McCoy had more. McCoy was credited with 6 each year, Suh, 4.5 each year. QB Hits? Suh had 19 last year and 12 the year before, McCoy had 24 and 21. They are both very good players, and both are in decline now and believe it or not, McCoy the last two years has outperformed Suh in all measures except run stopping.

    However, a key here is that Suh is coming $2.5 million cheaper and he definitely brings a different attitude than McCoy offered. If he equals or exceeds last year’s output the Bucs will have a win. If he is unable to do that the Bucs will have got a name but not much else. Time is limited on both McCoy and Suh and it is quite possible this year will be the last for both.

    Remember, Suh sat on the market after the Rams dropped him in April. So he sat on the market for almost two months because demand was not that high for his services. Why is it no other team wanted him? Because there is a question if he is worth it. We are about to find out.

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  18. Who is valued more in the NFL, McCoy or Suh? The answer is in the money – McCoy. The offers are already coming in for McCoy and are up to $11 million already. I really hope the Bucs know what they are doing going for primarily a run stopper now rather than a pass rusher.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/report-gerald-mccoy-drawing-interest-from-10-teams-offers-reaching-dollar11-million-a-year/ar-AABQbzs?li=BBnb7Kz

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  19. 2010 was really he first year that I followed the draft. That is directly related to Suh. I was definitely bummed that the lions snagged him.
    That being said, he should be an upgrade over GMAC.
    It will be an interesting season.
    GO BUCS

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  20. Honestly, this far into the offseason with training camp just around the corner this move is worth the risk. he’s only on for a one year deal so might as well just use up some of that freed up cap space for a guy like him. It’s not like there were other big names left out on the street..if it doesn’t work out, we just simply move on.

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  21. We also don’t really know how McCoy would fair playing in the 3-4..Suh had that experience under his belt.

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  22. Hey Scott… “Suh plays like an island warrior”. How does an “island warrior” play? You mean like a savage? Poor analogy! You can/should do better than that Scott! I’m just saying…

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  23. I am pretty sure he was using that illustration to describe Vita Vea from the Samoan Islands

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  24. The value here (aside from the actual money) is the versatility Suh brings. GMC really does one thing- he is a penetrating 3 tech. Suh can play multiple positions on the line and Bowles system is all about multiples- multiple fronts and multiple positions. The main problem with the system of Mike Smith (and Lovie Smith for that matter) is that the were amazingly predictable. In this league, if you don’t make the QB take an extra half second or so to process what you are doing you are going to be toast. This is what we saw the last 5 years- a predictable system which good offensive coaches knew how to scheme to beat. The use of a multiple system that can be adjusted week to week, depending on the offense, is one of the hallmarks’s Belichek’s coaching genius. I am optimistic that even with some depth and talent disparities that Bowles system will make the defense more competitive simply because it is less predictable.

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  25. Yes, Lee Roy Selmon helped players up after plays like McCoy did. The difference was that Lee Roy was more tenacious when the ball was snapped. He fought through double and triple teams to get to the person with the ball. He was a gentle giant that struck fear into his opponents! I don’t remember Lee Roy going stat less in a game like McCoy has done numerous times. McCoy does deserve to eventually be in the Ring of Honor, but not before Hardy Nickerson, Simeon Rice and James Wilder. Personally, I don’t think the Bucs should reserve numbers unless the player has been elected to the Hall of Fame or expected to be a first ballot like Sapp and Brooks were. They should be issuing 20, 40, & 47 until they actually make it into the HoF.

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  26. Bucballer, taking the term Island Warrior and relating it to being a “Savage” is you’re prejudice not Scott’s or anyone else’s. When I think of an “Island Warrior” I think of a proud fighter that gives everything he has to fight for his people and his home.

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    • As an “island warrior” myself I just wanted to say that I took no offense to the reference SR lol. I interpreted the reference as much more “Max Holloway” than “savage.”

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  27. I don’t think Suh moves the needle in terms of wins and losses for this team so I don’t care much about switching McCoy for Suh. I do believe we overpaid for Suh as I said before he was only worth $7 million. As a reminder, I said we overpaid for Grimes last year also by several million dollars as soon as the deal was made.

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  28. meh

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  29. Barring an injury… Suh will help this Buc defense! He adds some nastiness which had been lacking! Go Bucs!

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  30. As far as the W-L I’m going to agree with you there @pinkstob. Their career #’s are crazy similar and so its a matter of what flavor you crave Vanilla or Chocolate, but you’re still getting the same amount Ice Cream.

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    • I agree somewhat…but what people are missing is that we have a new DC with a new scheme. Bowles’ scheme calls for run stopping D-Linemen rather than pass rushers. Pass rush come more from the blitz so in that sense, Suh is a better fit. When you factor in the attitude he brings, I’d say he’s a much better fit. Of course this is with the assumption that BA can reign him in just enough to avoid stupid penalties. I believe he will, or Suh will not be on the field.

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  31. Pink my dude, I think everyone in the room knew we overepaid for Grimes last year. That wasnt hard to see.

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  32. Brent Grimes who?? He’s dead to me, and oh btw, still a free agent……imagine that?

    Scott, thanks for the comparison on David’s first 7 seasons with those of HOF Derrick Brooks (my all-time fave Buc). Brooks became a HOF LB starting with his 8th season and onward. Hopefully David will get some playoff exposure and flourish in Bowles new aggressive defense scheme.

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  33. You will remember last year teams were aiming their RBs right at the hole where McCoy ran through trying to get to the QB and oblivious of the RB with the ball. It was rediculous. Suh will rush the QB with less of a get off and will take down the RB. Once we stop the run we will turn our rushing DEs and OLBs after the QB or use an occasional creative blitz. We will be able to ignore the handoff fakes to the RB.

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  34. Maybe it’s a little too easy to say that Suh “brings a needed edge” in light of McCoy’s lack of “edge” because of their personality differences but I do agree with it to an extent. I find McCoy to be lacking in his “desire to win” or in contrast, his “hate for losing” while here.

    This year was the first year GMC has attended a Super Bowl game and it’s being reported that McCoy is expressing a renewed vigor in order to get to that big game. Where was that McCoy while here? Why didn’t he ever attend a Super Bowl game while here? Why didn’t he seek that kind of inspiration while here? More evidence that McCoy is not the culture-driving leader we needed. He was nice. It was obvious he didn’t like losing. He worked hard. But there’s just no evidence that he inspired anybody around him.

    When Keith Tandy stepped up in that year we went 9-7, Tandy said it was stuff he was doing with Winston that helped him. We’re just hard-pressed to find anybody who has said that about McCoy while here where it contributed to wins. Winston definitely has THAT “edge” about him. Not sure we can say that about Suh, though we do see Aaron Donald had the best sack totals of his career with Suh playing with him. So we’ll see.

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  35. The Suh Mccoy swap is a non event. The issue is that this team has little talent and is in salary cap hell. How anyone can defend Licht is totally beyond me. His drafts have sucked and his free agent moves are worse. Even a very talented coaching staff will not be able to turn this bunch of misfits into winners. 6 wins at best, tons of excuses about the schedule, a high draft pick and (hopefully) a new GM await us in 8 months. JW is part of the problem and needs to go. My preference is this; let’s tank(again) like we did for Winston, draft a legit NFL QB, and reset the franchise like the Browns did with Mayfield. Winston is a bigger problem than McCoy, he is NOT a leader and is a fact a loser at the NFL level. This is not a re-load, it’s demolish and re-build.

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  36. Bucanut got it 100% correct!!!!!

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  37. That video interview with Shelly is absolutely amazing, he’s gonna fight right into the community and we’re happy to have him! Go Bucs!

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  38. Bucnut must be the illegitimate son of BucAssSlob (or perhaps husband of….). I thought for a moment it was the same person, but only one writes in English and with punctuation.

    That said, we are not in salary cap hell, and even if we were, Licht is not our “capologist”, Mike Greenburg is. The fact we could release GMC with 3 years remaining on his contract WITH NO DEAD CAP PENALTY is a testament to Greenburg for sure. Let’s not forget that we also cut Vinny Curry and traded DeSean Jackson WITH NO CAP PENALTY. Seems to me that our Bucs have a handle on things better than you BucNutty. Oh, and you can have Mayfield and the sorry ass Browns…..with all the hype, anything but a Lombardi trophy will be a tragedy (now THAT is a joke)!!

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  39. When paying $10 mill for a 32 yr old DL with character issues instead of drafting a top 5 DL talent in a loaded draft goes down as a master stroke, it shows how much damage Licht’s cumulative mistakes have done. There is no logic based argument supporting his draft and FA record the last 6 yrs.

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  40. Character issues?? Perhaps in his early days as a pro with the Lions…? At any rate, its been exhausting reading &/or hearing self-proclaimed “Bucs fans” dissect any & all negative aspects of McCoy’s nine-year career here. The most common was that he was too “soft”, too “nice” after plays were over, etc.

    Suh will never be accused of either, take it to the bank. The Bucs have hired the anti-GMC in Suh…..as long as he has McCoy’s work ethic and doesnt earn any game suspensions for stupidity, most fans will accept Suh’s “character issues” much like they did for Sapp, Aqib Talib, Jerramy Stevens, etc.

    Regarding Licht, he’s the Glazer’s guy. They have a level of comfort with him, obviously, and (like the other 31 NFL owners) I doubt they care what you or I think about his drafts or his other decisions affecting the roster. It’s not like Licht was hired to replace any legend(s) hired prior to him, and frankly I’ve seen much worse come and go since 1976. Licht isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, just ask the Glazers.

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