Sunday, June 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In Twitter rant, Bucs' Gerald McCoy says he's unappreciated

Gerald McCoy is feeling underappreciated again. He says somebody has crossed the line this time. He's speaking out and suggesting he might be gone "soon enough" from Tampa Bay.

At least that's the message McCoy, the Bucs' five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, delivered during a brief rant on Twitter Monday morning.

"They won't appreciate you until you're gone," McCoy tweeted. "Soon enough though. Then we'll see.

"No more being quiet. I'm done holding my tongue. Believe that!

"You try and try with people but they don't get it. They push you and push you until you cross that line. Well line crossed."

It's unclear what or whom McCoy is referring to, but a likely candidate is former Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber, who also serves as the team's TV analyst during the preseason. In a story in Sunday's Tampa Bay Times, Barber was asked which Bucs players are "badass," a phrase used by coach Dirk Koetter to describe what he wants the identity of his team to be.

"But you see an attitude emerging, especially at linebacker," Barber said. "Those two guys, Lavonte (David) and Kwon (Alexander) have to be able to drive the bus, especially Kwon, because he has so much energy. If he can consistently be that guy, it will raise the defense. I love Gerald (McCoy), but for a defensive tackle to drive a team, he has to have a huge personality. I mean the personality of (Warren) Sapp or a John Randle."

A portion of the story was picked up by a fan website with the headline Gerald McCoy is no badass, says Ronde Barber. When asked by the Times about his critique Monday, Barber, who covers the NFL for Fox, said his comments were sensationalized.

"I can draw from my time playing of course, but I'm just an analyst now and in my opinion when I watch film, 93 (McCoy) is unblockable at times!" Barber said. "Most teams that I speak to game plan specifically for him. That anyone would assume I would say the best player on the defense isn't a bad dude is irresponsible and sensationalizing a quote to serve their own means."

About a half-hour after his three condemning tweets, McCoy attempted to douse the fire he started. "Training camp, 2017-18 season … LET'S GO!!" McCoy tweeted. "Now it's really time to go!! No more talking or tweeting."

McCoy, who has recorded 331/2 of his 421/2 career sacks in the past four seasons, isn't leaving Tampa Bay anytime soon. He signed a six-year, $95.2 million contract in 2015. The Bucs could part ways with him following the 2018 season and suffer only a $500,000 hit on the salary cap.

But there is no indication he's feeling underappreciated by the Bucs organization. "Not by us," general manager Jason Licht said Monday.

Rays pitcher Chris Archer wasted no time Monday supporting McCoy on Twitter.

"I admire your work on the field, passion off the field and desire to be great," Archer tweeted. "I appreciate you!!"

Bucs veteran players report to training camp on Thursday. Unintentionally or not, McCoy provided HBO's Hard Knocks its first storyline.

McCoy has never had to look very hard for a shoulder chip. From the time he became the third overall pick by the Bucs in 2010, he has had to play in the shadow of Sapp, a Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle.

It's an unfair comparison for any player, but also inevitable. It's also hard to imagine McCoy's personality being more of a polar opposite than Sapp's, both on and off the field. McCoy's demeanor compares more favorably to Lee Roy Selmon's.

In fact, in their latest promotional trailer for Hard Knocks, HBO featured McCoy working out and running the steps at Raymond James Stadium.

"Sure, you sacked a couple of quarterbacks," the narrator said. "Put up some impressive numbers. But at the beginning of each new season, you're just a blank slate again … you're not truly great yet. But you can be."

In April, McCoy said three "credible sources" at the Pro Bowl in January gave him a "reality check" about what he has accomplished during his time in Tampa.

"The gist of what it is, is I haven't done enough to lead this team," McCoy said. "Simple as that. If this team goes to the next level, as much as you need a franchise quarterback and those things are great, this organization, this team to win a Super Bowl was built on defense. That guy in the middle is what makes everything roll. Of course, they brought 99 (Sapp) to me numerous times. Any dominant defense had a dominant guy in the middle and basically, I just haven't been enough for my team."

McCoy took something else personal on Monday. It remains to be seen what it will mean when he crosses the white lines.

Comments
Bucs journal: O.J. Howard poised to take off?

Bucs journal: O.J. Howard poised to take off?

TAMPA — There's always a lot of attention on the rookie class this time of year, rightfully so. There's a reason the Bucs focused on defense, and DT Vita Vea, CBs M.J. Stewart, Carlton Davis and S Justin Whitehead all look like they could have ...
Published: 06/16/18
Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow pleads not guilty to kidnapping, rape charges

Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow pleads not guilty to kidnapping, rape charges

Times wiresVISTA, Calif. – Former Bucs and Hurricanes tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was jailed without bail Friday after pleading not guilty to nine counts of kidnapping, rape and other charges.If convicted on all counts, Winslow, 34, could face...
Published: 06/15/18
Bucs still don’t know when Jameis Winston will throw another pass that matters

Bucs still don’t know when Jameis Winston will throw another pass that matters

TAMPA — The last pass thrown by Jameis Winston in a regular-season game was his best. The perfectly arced, 39-yard strike to Chris Godwin for a touchdown with nine seconds left gave the Bucs a 31-24 win over New Orleans at Raymond James Stadium...
Published: 06/15/18
Bucs busy on next Ray-Jay renovation with East Stadium Club

Bucs busy on next Ray-Jay renovation with East Stadium Club

The first Bucs home game of the 2018 season is still three months off, but the franchise is busy getting Raymond James Stadium ready with the fourth phase of its $160 million renovation, highlighted by a new East Stadium Club.Construction continues t...
Published: 06/15/18
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Gerald McCoy sounds off

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Gerald McCoy sounds off

The Bucs wrap up minicamp as Gerald McCoy sounds off on the team getting help for him, defensive line coach Brentson Buckner yelling at the veteran defensive tackle and advice for the young players who now have five weeks off before training camp.Plu...
Published: 06/15/18
Gerald McCoy: ‘Stop saying Gerald got help. No, the Bucs got help’

Gerald McCoy: ‘Stop saying Gerald got help. No, the Bucs got help’

TAMPA — On the last day of minicamp, DT Gerald McCoy made it clear that the new additions to the defensive line are what the entire team needed, not just himself."It's not about me. It's about the team," McCoy said of the addition of five new l...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Bucs hit summer break with optimism, eager for training camp

Bucs hit summer break with optimism, eager for training camp

TAMPA — This week's three-day minicamp was the final push in the Bucs' offseason, with about six weeks now until the team reconvenes in late July for training camp and the real preamble to the 2018 season.So what, if anything, can be gleaned fr...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Maybe 2018 is the year the Bucs take that step forward

Maybe 2018 is the year the Bucs take that step forward

TAMPA — The Bucs wrapped up a three-day minicamp on Thursday.“I’m going on vacation,’’ Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said.The next time we see the Bucs will be in five weeks. Just around the corner. That’s when, official...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow arrested on suspicion of rape, kidnapping

Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow arrested on suspicion of rape, kidnapping

Times wiresSAN DIEGO – Former Bucs and Hurricanes tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was arrested Thursday on suspicion of multiple sex-crimes-related charges, including two counts of rape, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.The departmen...
Published: 06/14/18
Sealed and delivered: Bucs RB Ronald Jones signs rookie contract

Sealed and delivered: Bucs RB Ronald Jones signs rookie contract

The Bucs' 2018 draft class is now all in the fold, with running back Ronald Jones, second-rounder from USC, signing his rookie deal Thursday.Jones, who won't turn 21 until August after the Bucs go to training camp, was the last of Tampa Bay's eight d...
Published: 06/14/18