Alexander sees great things with Bucs’ defense

by Gary Shelton on August 3, 2018 · 4 comments

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Alexander thinks his team will be much better./CARMEN MANDATO

Alexander thinks his team will be much better./CARMEN MANDATO

Friday, 2 a.m.

Bucs' linebacker Kwon Alexander sees big things coming from the Tampa Bay defense.

And don't you hope the rest of us do, too.

Alexander, the Bucs' Pro Bowl linebacker, seems to believe in the upgrades made during the offseason by Tampa Bay.

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“We’re looking nice," Alexander said. "I’m just ready to go play somebody else,  play another team and see how we’re going to work out. But, I got a lot of faith in my defense and I think we are going to be ready.”

During the offseason, the Bucs revamped their defensive line and brought in three new defensive backs. Alexander says that has changed the mentality.

"That’s why you get to know your players and what they’re great at," Alexander said. "Practicing, you see that. It changes your thoughts and how you play the game and it helps me a lot. I have changed mine a lot.”

Alexander says the newcomers will help him to reach the next level.

“Just do what I’m supposed to do, you know," Alexander said. "Do everything I’m supposed to do and make sure everything is right. As a leader of the defense, make sure everybody is doing what they’re supposed to do and we’re going to rock and roll.”

In particular, Alexander said, the defensive line will help.

“Those guys are going to get after the quarterback," Alexander said. "They’re going to get after the quarterback. We’re going to get a lot of sacks, a lot of turnovers. And then they can stop the run too. They set the edge doing whatever they’re supposed to do, whatever defense we call. We’re going to do all right man, we’re going to do all right.”

In particular, Alexander was impressed by Jason Pierre-Paul.

“He’s just an animal," Alexander said. "He’s a freak. He does whatever he’s supposed to do. He rushes the passer (and) sets the edge. His energy level is high. He has fun with the game. He loves the game and that’s what we need.”







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William Myers August 4, 2018 at 8:59 pm

So what is the bench mark for wins of a contender? Nine games maybe? My point is that the Bucs need to be honest with themselves about the importance that us fans put in this team representing the Tampa Bay area with wins. That winning culture that was talked about needs to be in that locker room every game and I believe that it starts with the coaching staff. Again they look good on paper this year and with no Hard Knocks distraction….anything is possible. GO BUCS!


Gary Shelton August 4, 2018 at 10:26 pm

Hope you’re right. It would be fun to see.


Bill MYERS August 3, 2018 at 8:31 am

The hope is the “changes” are for the better! They have to be for this team to be a contender this season. Jobs are on the line from the top down!


Gary Shelton August 3, 2018 at 10:07 pm

Do you think they can contend? That would be a nice improvement from a five-win season.


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