Gerald McCoy knows sacks are hard to come by in the NFL, and it's rarer still to get one on a Wednesday.
The NFL issued a stat correction, taking a sack in Sunday's 15-10 win againsts the Jets that was originally credited to Robert Ayers and giving it to McCoy.
The Bucs had six sacks Sunday — after eight total in the first eight games — and the Ayers/McCoy sack was unusual (here's video). McCoy collapsed the pocket from the front, but it looked initially like Josh McCown may have gone down on his own, with Ayers only arriving when the QB was on the ground to touch him down by contact. Review showed that McCoy got his left hand on McCown as he went down.
"It would be great," McCoy said earlier Wednesday about the potential to get another sack midweek. "Here's the thing: Everybody works extremely hard to get to the quarterback. Everybody deserves what they work for."
McCoy now has a team-best four sacks this season — Sunday becomes his first two-sack game since a 2014 game against Cleveland. He had five such games in his first five NFL seasons, but hadn't had one more more than three years until Sunday.
Only three Bucs players have more games with 2+ sacks than McCoy's six — Simeon Rice had 18, Warren Sapp had 17 and Broderick Thomas had seven. Most among all active players? Julius Peppers has 29.
McCoy said there was a playful discussion in the defensive line room about another sack Sunday — Darryl Tapp was credited for a sack where Ayers had his hand on McCown's shoulder but didn't get a share of the sack.
"That same thing happened to me last year against New Orleans," McCoy said. "Lavonte (David) had his hand on his shoulder, but I took him down, and Lavonte got full credit. We shall see."
It's a nice week to pick up an extra sack, with the window for public fan voting for the Pro Bowl beginning. McCoy wants to get every sack (and vote) he can as he goes for a sixth straight Pro Bowl appearance.
"There's this thing people are voting for that just opened up," McCoy said. "I need all I can get. I'm chasing somebody, and he has a pretty good resume, so I've got to get going."