Jason Licht: No developments with Gerald McCoy

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Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht held his pre-draft press conference on Tuesday, but the questions weren’t limited to what the team might do next week.

Licht also fielded about a player the team drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft. That would be defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who has not been with the team at their voluntary workouts since they got underway a couple of weeks ago.

There’s been a lot of speculation about the team parting ways with McCoy, who has a non-guaranteed salary of $13 million for the 2019 season. On Tuesday, Licht said, via multiple reporters, that there have been no new developments regarding McCoy’s status and that he wasn’t worried about McCoy being prepared despite not being at the workouts.

Licht also said he does not share head coach Bruce Arians’ concern about McCoy’s enthusiasm for the game and that “you would have to ask Bruce” when asked why the coach would advise McCoy not to participate in the offseason program. Arians will surely field that question the next time he’s at the podium and the uncertainty about McCoy’s spot with the Bucs will linger on while waiting for that answer.

10 responses to “Jason Licht: No developments with Gerald McCoy

  1. Relax, he’s only been on vacation for four months. He needs more time off before coming to work.

  2. McCoy is the softest football personality in the NFL. If you watched hardknocks, you see him picking up helmets and equipment for rookies and stressing the importance of having fun. He also apologized to Big Ben on MNF for tackling him a tiny bit late before the ref even threw the flag. He constantly freelances as a D-lineman, cutting off his own defensive end, missing the qb, and leaving a monster sized hole in the middle of the field for the QB to step up in the pocket or run. He holds the defense back with his soft, nice mentality, which is why he wasn’t voted captain last year, despite always claiming the be the leader of the team. As the “leader,” he’s gotten several D-coordinators fired, and we have yet to have a decent defense in Tampa since his arrival. I’ve watched him dance and celebrate while his defense let up 40 points. Coaches have lost the locker room several times under his “leadership.” I’m extremely happy to see him go, he’s welcome to bring his soft personality to another team that only cares if their defense is having fun and doesn’t care about winning.

  3. Michael E says:

    April 16, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Relax, he’s only been on vacation for four months. He needs more time off before coming to work.
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    Poor comparison. He might not have had to show up somewhere specific but if you think he hasn’t been working out and preparing in the past 4 months in some way for the season your crazy.

  4. ashap1990 is correct. If you’re not a Bucs fan, I do not know how you can have any kind of opinion on this if you never watch their games. McCoy has been seen dancing on numerous occasions in the middle of a blow out, he has been the “leader” of a defense that has never ever been respectable since he’s been in the league. Bruce Arians is correct in openly wondering if he even cares enough – the culture needs to be changed in Tampa starting with McCoy

  5. I think you guys are crazy. McCoy has been incredibly impactful, despite the gross lack of talent around him for most of his career. He had the fastest getoff from the snap I’d ever seen. Yes, he’s a nice guy off the field. That doesn’t mean he isn’t a beast off of it. Arians himself said he needed to gameplan specifically for McCoy whenever he played against him.

    That said, his play declined last year. Unfortunately, just when he finally had some talent around him. I hope he stays somehow, but I can understand–especially with the switch to a 3-4 defense–why the Bucs might get rid of him.

  6. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says:
    April 16, 2019 at 2:40 pm
    I think you guys are crazy. McCoy has been incredibly impactful, despite the gross lack of talent around him for most of his career. He had the fastest getoff from the snap I’d ever seen. Yes, he’s a nice guy off the field. That doesn’t mean he isn’t a beast off of it. Arians himself said he needed to gameplan specifically for McCoy whenever he played against him.

    That said, his play declined last year. Unfortunately, just when he finally had some talent around him. I hope he stays somehow, but I can understand–especially with the switch to a 3-4 defense–why the Bucs might get rid of him.

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    WOW another clueless comment from 93’s biggest fan! What in the HELL does “fastest getoff” mean?! it means NOTHING! So he gets off the line fast….doesn’t amount to a damn thing when you’re NOT making plays! Watch the ALL22 film on any Bucs game and see exactly what he does. “Gets off the line really fast” and then gets pushed to the ground by the OL! 13 million a year for that! You sir are a moron.

    You sir are a moron.

  7. Gerald McCoy has been the Bucs defense for multiple years now. I have to agree with Slow Joe. McCoy has been impactful as a player on and off the field. McCoy is the player the Bucs rally around and he sets the mood. He’s had some nagging injuries the last couple of years, but McCoy has tried to play thru those most of those injuries.

    The Bucs are going to change the defense from a 4-3, to a 3-4. McCoy is best as a 2 gap DT. In the 4-3, there is a gap DT. His best position doesn’t exist any longer. Can he play elsewhere and be effective? That the question. It appears Arians doesn’t think so, and told McCoy to stay away for the time being. Not a exactly a vote of confidence for the old main stay defender. Arian’s saying he viewed McCoy as being over weight and out of shape last years doesn’t add up to a hill of beans for this year. You should view every player on this year, not last year, or any other year in the past. The year, this season is all that counts.

    Maybe McCoy can’t make a big impact in the 3-4 defense. There are other teams that run the 4-3, like the Cowboys. They want the DL to go all out on every play and rotate the DL often as a result. Either trade McCoy to a team that runs a 3-4, or cut him since his salary isn’t guaranteed. That would be right thing do do for Arians and the Bucs to for McCoy.

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