TAMPA, Fla. -- Gerald McCoy saw the question coming and treated it like a quarterback.
When asked about Ndamukong Suh, he firmly knocked the inquiry down.
“There is no comparison,’’ McCoy said emphatically.
But it is only natural for Suh and McCoy to be lumped together. The two defensive tackles were taken at the top of the 2010 draft and that along will always link them. But don’t tell that to McCoy.
“He plays for Detroit, I play for Tampa,’’ McCoy said. “He’s trying to help his team win, I’m trying to help mine. There’s not going to be a face-off between me and Suh because we’re both on defense. I will not face Suh this game or ever. I wish him the best and I’m sure he wishes me the best.’’
Suh’s career got off to a faster start because McCoy was hampered by injuries in his first two seasons. McCoy made the Pro Bowl last season and has six sacks this season. But McCoy said he’s not focused on what Suh does.
“I don’t look at what other people are doing and say, 'Man, I’ve got to do that,"’ McCoy said. “All I’ve got to do is execute our game plan to the best of my ability, and the opportunities that present themselves, I’ve got to make the best of them.’’
Although McCoy doesn’t compare himself to Suh on the field, he said the two have a good relationship off it. McCoy even went to bat against the widespread claims that Suh is a dirty player.
“He’s a good guy,’’ McCoy said. “He’s a cool cat and laid back. I just think he’s just a real physical football player. How else is he supposed to play the game? I don’t think he’s dirty. I think he’s just real physical. If this was 10 years ago, the way he tackles people, nobody would think anything of it. But as soon as you see a yellow flag now it’s a big deal. If you never saw a yellow flag nobody would ever say anything. It’s only because you see flags.’’