Bucs want to use DT Gerald McCoy at DE in 3-4 sets in 2017
- Roy Cummings of FloridaFootballInsiders.com reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense will deploy a 3-4 scheme “when they believe it will work to their advantage”. In an effort to get more pressure on the quarterback, this alignment will include DT Gerald McCoy lined up as a defensive end.
- The Bucs effectively didn’t have any 3-4 looks in 2016, and lined up with three defensive linemen on just 36 snaps (of 1,062), in what was effectively their regular nickel look with a stand up defensive end.
- McCoy played just five snaps last year in which he was the end man on the line of scrimmage, and only one in which he didn’t have a DE standing up outside him, but he has been one of the league’s most effective interior rushers for years.
- Gerald McCoy finished the 2016 season with an overall grade of 87.0 (10th out of 123 interior defenders) while posting a 7.9 pass rushing productivity which ranked tied for seventh among defensive tackles with at least 280 pass snaps. The five-time pro bowler hasn’t finished a season with less than 40 pressures since 2011 when he missed most of the year with a torn right biceps.