Buccaneers newcomer Ndamukong Suh makes it clear he isn’t ‘replacing’ Gerald McCoy
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers parted ways with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy after nine seasons. While they quickly managed to fill the void left by his departure with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, he does not intend to be considered McCoy’s replacement.
According to Eduard A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times, he is focused on forging his own legacy in Tampa Bay:
“I’m definitely not taking Gerald’s spot … I’m not here to replace him. I’m here to kind of make my own path alongside this team and be a shining emblem of some sort to help get to a winning, successful situation.”
There is no question that McCoy left quite a legacy with the Bucs franchise. He has long been considered one of the premier interior linemen in the league after being named a six-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro while serving as the anchor on defense. It appears Suh knows full well that these are too big of shoes to fill in just a one-year commitment.
While he may not be looking to take McCoy’s spot in all facets of the team, it is safe to say that the Bucs will be satisfied with him holding down the on-field aspect of that notion. Suh enjoyed another modest year with the Los Angeles Rams after finishing the 2018 campaign with 59 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Although his play was somewhat underwhelming during the regular season, he managed to kick things up a notch in the playoffs by reminding the league of his prowess as a bonafide run-stuffer. At this point in his career, the veteran will be looking to do whatever he can to get another opportunity at a championship.