Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

13 Dec 2010

Bucs Lose McCoy, Black For Rest Of Season

For the third straight week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have seen a pair of starters go down for the season. Two weeks ago, it was guard Davin Joseph and safety Cody Grimm against Baltimore. Last week, it was cornerback Aqib Talib and center Jeff Faine against Atlanta. And after yesterday's game against Washington, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Quincy Black are both done for 2010.

Posted by: Vince Verhei on 13 Dec 2010

9 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2010, 11:06am by dmb

Comments

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 12/13/2010 - 3:35pm

Six starters in three weeks.

Dear injury luck, please to be regressing to the mean now.

Signed,

Bucs fans

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by big_jgke :: Mon, 12/13/2010 - 4:13pm

At this point, you might as well just hope for next season.

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by James-London :: Mon, 12/13/2010 - 4:11pm

Not seen much of Tampa (or anyone else) this year. How has McCoy shaped up? I know Suh is as advertised, but the talk at draft time was that McCoy was potentially as good. Any truth in that?

Phil Simms is a Cretin.

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 12/13/2010 - 4:20pm

There was a mini-thread on this in Audibles, but, simply put, Suh's been monstrous, and McCoy's been a rookie. Suh has really looked as incredible as promised and has been amazingly disruptive. McCoy started off relatively slow, but has really been coming on the last few weeks or so, getting a few sacks, causing more disruption, forcing some fumbles. I was really starting to get impressed by him, and he's really on an island out there--Roy Miller (the other DT) seems to fit the role of "be big and get in the way", but I can't recall him having any impact plays, and the DEs on the time are simply awful.

I've been pretty pleased with McCoy, and would like to see him playing with something resembling actual talent around him. Oh, and it'd be great if he had two functioning arms again.

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by Sander :: Mon, 12/13/2010 - 7:22pm

Stylez White isn't actually awful and gets decent pressure. Not a world-beater by any means but fairly solid.

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by Joseph :: Mon, 12/13/2010 - 5:57pm

I don't follow the Bucs, but as a Saints fan, I think that Suh has been maybe even better than advertised. McCoy has shown flashes of being the player the Bucs thought they were getting, but still having those rookie growing pains. (According to those who know, Sapp had the same problems as a rookie, and he turned out pretty good :p) Milkman, don't take this wrong, but in a way I'm glad. The Saints have to win out (AND hope for a Falcons loss in one of their other two games besided the Dec 27 MNF clash) to win the division and HFA. We have @BAL, then @ATL, then the Bucs in the dome. Now, at least ONE of those games will be somewhat easy.

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by BucNasty :: Tue, 12/14/2010 - 7:34am

I honestly didn't realize it was still possible for the Saints to win the division. I guess they're still mathematically alive, but I think it's doubtful that the Falcons lose to Seattle and unthinkable for them to drop the game against Carolina unless they're resting their starters (which they'd only do it if the game were meaningless, and they'd still be favored). I'd just be happy that in a competitive year, another Wild Card contender that happens to still be on your schedule just got that much weaker.

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by BJR :: Tue, 12/14/2010 - 7:48am

Yeah, the division has pretty much gone for the Saints. The good news for them is that they should get 5th seed, which would mean a wildcard game at the winners of the West where they would be strongly favoured. It's not unlikely at all that they then end up playing Atlanta again in the divisional round.

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by dmb :: Tue, 12/14/2010 - 11:06am

I like to root for division rivals to face each other in the second round, both because it's fun to see some rivalries play games with added significance, and because it makes the term "Divisional Round" that much more appropriate.