Gerald McCoy savors fullback cameo in Bucs' win over Bears
Getting the Bucs' first home win of 2016 was thrill enough for defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, but in the fourth quarter, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter relented and let the Pro Bowler make a three-play cameo on offense, helping block for Doug Martin's 1-yard touchdown in the Bucs' 36-10 win.
"First play, I wasn't very victorious ... third play we scored and I made a block on it," McCoy said. "First one, I think I hit the biggest dude they've got on the team. I'm a big guy, but he's about 360. When I hit him, 'Oooohh. Is this what fullbacks deal with?' But I lived out a dream, playing on offense, and we won. It was a good day."
The sequence came after a pass interference penalty in the end zone, setting up first and goal at the 1 with 7:26 left and the Bucs up 29-10. Martin was dropped for a 3-yard loss, got back to the 1 on second down, then went in for his first touchdown of the season, with a little help from McCoy.
McCoy said he hasn't played on offense since high school, having lobbied unsuccessfully at Oklahoma and in his first six NFL seasons.
"I hope so," he said. "I wouldn't go over if the defense wasn't doing what we're supposed to do. I've been wanting to do that since I got in the league. Actually since I got to college. I got an opportunity. It was fun and I hope I get to do it again. Whatever they need me to do. I always say that: If I have to go out there and get knocked over for us to score, I don't care. Let's go win."