Gerald McCoy is the First Half Hero

Gerald McCoy became the highest paid defensive tackle in NFL history earlier this season when he signed a 7 year deal with the Bucs worth $98 million and $51.5 million guaranteed. On the stat sheet it would appear as if McCoy is exceeding even his own massive contract, but that depends when you'd like those statistics to occur.

Gerald McCoy became the highest paid defensive tackle in NFL history earlier this season when he signed a 7 year deal with the Bucs worth $98 million and $51.5 million guaranteed. On the stat sheet it would appear as if McCoy is exceeding even his own massive contract, but that depends when you'd like those statistics to occur.

"It’s rare that he gets one-on-one blocking schemes," Bucs defensive coordinator said of McCoy's lack of production in the 2nd half of games. "So many teams, when they are in sure passing situations, are either bringing the center in over there, or a back, to try and chip him, or put a tackle down. He’s done a good job. People make adjustments sometimes in the second half and sometimes the games are different than they were in the first half, but his production and his play, he’s been outstanding for us. And for a defensive tackle to end up with double-digit sacks, that’s pretty impressive, and he’s well on his way to getting that done. But, no, we are not disappointed in what has happened in the second half."

Gerald McCoy has already racked up 8.5 sacks this season. As a defensive tackle, the total number is quite impressive. Unfortunately, a majority of those sacks were not coming when the Bucs needed them most. Of those 8.5 sacks by McCoy, 7 came in the 1st half of games with the other sack and a half coming in the 2nd half against the Panthers in week 1 when the Bucs were down 17-0 and in the 2nd half of a blowout win against the Redskins.

While 8.5 sacks for most players is an incredible feat, one would hope that the highest paid defensive tackle in NFL history would luck into making an impact play in the 2nd half of a close game. Then again, the next impact play Gerald McCoy makes late in a game to win that game will be the first time he's done that in a Buccaneers uniform.

Here's hoping 2015 yields some 2nd half results from McCoy and the rest of the Bucs defense.


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