The Atlanta Falcons made the wrong move by not pursuing former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle and now Carolina Panther, Gerald McCoy.
McCoy is a six time pro bowler, three time first team all pro and second team all pro in 2016. He has 54.5 career sacks, 297 tackles, 21 pass deflections and six forced fumbles in nine seasons. These types of numbers are something that should not be ignored.
His experience in the NFL is something the Atlanta Falcons could have used to help develop the young guys on the defense. Players like Grady Jarrett and Vic Beasley could use some veteran leadership to help them take the next step in their careers.
Not going after Gerald McCoy was a mistake. Now that he is on the Carolina Panthers on a one-year deal, it is even more unfortunate that the Falcons did not sign him. Maybe the Falcons thought he was too old, or he was asking for too much, I’m not sure.
He had a pretty good season in 2018. He finished with six sacks and 28 total tackles. It’s not like he is not producing anymore, because he clearly is. I think he will be a great addition to the Carolina Panthers and will help that defensive line torture opposing quarterbacks like Matt Ryan, which, as a Falcons fan, makes me uneasy.
He wouldn’t even need to start necessarily for the Atlanta Falcons. He could have been a 3rd down pass rusher or run stuffer, He could have been more of a role type player. He could have been a mentor like I mentioned earlier. The Falcons could’ve used a player like him, but unfortunately, he is with the enemy yet again.
Point is, the Atlanta Falcons should have signed him. He would have been a great addition to a defense that is looking to rebound from last season and become the great defense that Falcons fans know they can be.