Married To Mason FosterMay 11th, 2013
With all the personnel housecleaning done by the New Schiano Order, it’s interesting that Mason Foster has been granted the highest blessing by Greg Schiano.
Foster has absolutely no one competing with him for his middle linebacker job.
Entering his third season having just turned 24, the Bucs’ middle linebacker has shown flashes of greatness. But he’s essentially a solid, young guy lacking elite talent.
Schiano not only is a defense-first coach but was a linebacker during his college playing days, and he scrutinizes the position. So Foster must have gotten grades of the highest order last season. The Bucs have plenty of cash under the salary cap and are investing peanuts in their linebackers unit. Therefore, Joe believes no movement to push Foster represents a massive endorsement.
Schiano didn’t have to marry himself to Foster, a third-round pick in 2011, but he has.
Joe’s rather confident Foster can up his game another step. A second year in the Schiano defense and continued sound coaching — geez, Bucs coaches even helped take Quincy Black of Bucs fans’ hate lists — should make a difference.