Even though Tampa Bay’s overall pass rush left much to be desired, Gerald McCoy was still elite. With 6 sacks, countless QB hits/pressures, and 47 tackles he showed that he is still very much the anchor of this defensive unit.
The Bleacher report ranked McCoy #5 out of all defensive tackles for 2017. With an 88% on snap quickness, 80% on pass rush and tackling, and an overall grade of 79%.
Doug Farrar an NFL1000 Lead Scout recapped saying, “On a Tampa Bay defense with too few elite pass-rushers and run-stoppers, McCoy stands alone as a beacon of elite consistency. While he brings impressive strength and ferocity to the 3-tech position – watch him fight his way through double-teams with estimable hand technique – his agility makes him great.”
That has summed up McCoy’s career to date who is also on his way to his 6th Pro Bowl. He will continue to be the centerpiece that this defense is built around, and Licht’s time is running short on how to figure out the right pass rush combination. If Licht and Co. can sign key FA’s and draft the right talent to play alongside him, could 2018 be the season where the Bucs pass rush is one to be reckoned with? Time will tell.