Mark Barron And Lavonte David For Rookie AwardOctober 19th, 2012
Could it be possible for two rookies on the same team to share the same rookie award in the NFL?
If so, let’s just say that Charley Casserly would be upset. The former Redskins and Texans general manager and current NFL Network insider Casserly raved about the pair of Bucs defensive rookies and was insistent they should be up for some hardware after the seaso, while speaking with Tom Jones and Rick Stroud, co-hosts of “The Sports Page,” earlier this week on WDAE-AM 620.
“The two rookies, Mark Barron and Lavonte David, both of them have to get consideration for Defensive Rookie of the Year,” said Casserly, while discussing the Bucs defense.
And while the Bucs will face a stiff test facing Drew Brees and the offensive explosive Saints Sunday, Casserly didn’t think the Bucs will get lit up.
“With any quarterback, you will have to get some pressure on him,” Casserly said of battling Brees. “You have to get outside pressure to keep him inside and get a push inside. Gerald McCoy, who has had an excellent season, I think is a real key to get inside pressure on [Brees]. It’s a tough match-up, but not one [the Bucs] won’t be competitive in on defense.”
While limiting Brees is essential, Joe really believes it is on the shoulders of the Bucs offense to win this game. It’s going to be a shootout and to keep up with the Saints, the Bucs must put points on the board.
With Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, the Bucs proved they can do this last week. And the Chiefs might be better defensively than the Saints.
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