I don't think I'm breaking news here, but the Bucs' alleged two most impactful players, Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David have been invisible when the Bucs have needed them most.
I'm not going to make this a drawn out story. Most of my major points are in the video above. However, McCoy and David are the high-priced players on the Bucs roster, they should be held to a higher standard, and I'll gladly be the one to do it.
For Lavonte David, to only have 12 solo tackles on the season is absurd. He has zero sacks, zero interceptions, and one forced fumble. Those 12 solo tackles are just 10 more than Russell Shepard, Charles Sims, and Ali Marpet, who each have totaled 2 solo tackles. Those statistics for David are an absolute joke through four games this year.
As for McCoy, I have been as critical of McCoy over the last several seasons as anyone. I believe his statistics are smoke and mirrors to the type of player he truly is. I believe McCoy's leadership, or lack thereof, is one of the top reasons for the overall team mentality. I also believe that McCoy is more about getting his face out in front of people and building up his own popularity than winning games.
Was that last sentence too harsh? I'm sorry if you got offended, but when Mccoy was "mic'd up" for the Titans game, I thought he let his true colors show. Actually, I was kind of shocked the Buccaneers posted it, or at least they should have done a lot more editing.
"I was hoping for a sack fumble, but they gave me the fumble down here (pointing), so it's all good," McCoy said smiling with Titans LB Brian Orakpo after the Bucs 42-14 loss to the Titans.
It's all good? Hey, "face of the franchise," your team just got smoked on opening day and you're "all good" because of your stats?
Speaking of McCoy's stats, I bet most of you are just so impressed that he has 11.5 sacks in Lovie Smith's 20 games as Bucs head coach. Did you know that of McCoy's 11.5 sacks in those 20 games, only 1.5 sacks have come in the 2nd half of games? I wish I was joking, but I'm not. He had a full sack against the Panthers during the 4th quarter of the season opener in 2014 when the Bucs were dead in the water and down 17-7 with just minutes remaining in the game. His other half of sack came in the 4th quarter of the Bucs' 27-7 win at Washington. That's it!
Stop with the excuses for McCoy. If he thinks he's truly an elite difference maker, he needs to start showing it more than one time in the 2nd quarter of games. I don't care if he's double teamed, triple teamed, or if every offensive lineman focuses solely on him, as an elite player, he should be making impact plays when it matters most. Instead, McCoy disappears when it matters most.
Both Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy are good players, but they are severely overrated as impact players. The bad news for the Bucs is that these two players are being paid as impact players, which at this point, makes both of them severely overpaid.