Gerald McCoy: 'Opening Day is Going to be a Big One'
(On opening day against the Saints)
“It’s my ninth year, and to be blessed enough to see a ninth year in the NFL is huge. To be blessed enough to be on the same team – especially a team I love, is even bigger. Even more than that I’m competing against one of the greatest players to ever do It – Drew Brees. So, I would have to say opening day is going to be a big one. I look forward to it. I couldn’t wait for tonight actually. Football is back. I love it. I get an itch every time. My wife is like ‘Football season is coming, you’re starting to scratch you neck.’ Yeah, I love it man.”
(On New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees)
“Nah, so here’s thing. I think outside people think once you get to the NFL you lose sight of being a fan of the game and I think sometimes even the players think, ‘Well I can’t be a fan because now I have to compete against him.’ I’m in the NFL too. I have to go against him. But me? That’s not the case. I love Drew when we’re not preparing for him. Right now, I hate him. I don’t care if he knows. He knows I don’t like him when we’re preparing for him. When we’re playing against him I don’t like him, but overall, I never want to see him retire. I love to watch him play. I love to see him compete. He’s one of the most fierce competitors I’ve ever seen. Ever been around period. As many opportunities as I have to compete against him, I’ll take them because I love competition. You don’t make it to the NFL unless you love competition, and I want to go against the best. I enjoy it. I have fun with it.”
(On how to put pressure on Brees)
“With Drew, you can’t get frustrated. You can’t get flustered. What you have to do is just keep playing the game. Drew’s almost 40 and what’s made him so great over the years is that he doesn’t get hit much. He doesn’t get sacked a lot because of how well he prepares. He doesn’t hold on to the ball. He’s one of those guys when you play against him you just have to keep going keep going. If you do things the right way – not just doing it – doing it the right way, eventually it’ll open up. You just have to makes sure you’re doing things the right way.”