Gerald McCoy may have torn his biceps yesterday, which would mean end-of-season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ star defensive tackle. For now, that’s just speculative: Dirk Koetter said that he had an MRI today, but that the outcome is still unclear.
“He did have an MRI and Gerald – we had a meeting at 1:20 p.m. – he was not back from that yet. I don’t have the report on that. It was a bicep injury. He was getting an MRI on it and we will know more later today.”
That ‘later’ hasn’t yet arrived, but most indications are that McCoy’s season is indeed over. That’d at least explain why he was so dejected on the sidelines yesterday, and why he’s been dejected on social media today.
If McCoy is done for the season, the Bucs’ pass-rush is basically done for the year. They don’t have the man-power to compensate for that loss, and the pass-rush was anemic to begin with. They’d even struggle to get enough defensive tackles on the field. Again, Koetter:
“On game day, normally you have three defensive tackles up and we did yesterday, but we lost Gerald [McCoy], so we were down to two defensive tackles. We had to do some different things as to who the front four was playing with. Hopefully we get Clinton back this week. Sealver [Siliga] got his first taste and Chris [Baker] was in there. I mean, Sealver got a little bit last week at Green Bay [and] got his second active game. We will just see how it plays out here. We’ve got an extra day this week. We will just see how it plays out in the next few days.”
That’s eh..yeah, that’s two defensive tackles, only one of whom has a significant amount of experience. The Bucs could move William Gholston and Robert Ayers inside more, but it’s not like they have oodles of talent at defensive end.
Of course, it’s hard to care about this too much given the fact that the Bucs’ season is basically over. The most important thing here is that McCoy is ready for next season, when we can have hope again.