Blitzing Mason FosterApril 1st, 2014
The more Joe hears from Bucs head coach Lovie Smith, the more Joe grows comfortable that the days of opposing quarterbacks being able to sit in the pocket and get a haircut without concern or fear of being breathed on are over.
It was simply galling how the Bucs, under defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan, would prance around with crazy stunts and quarterbacks would simply pick the defense apart, knowing they had all the time in the world for receivers to get open.
First, of course, is Lovie’s resume. The way the Bucs have signed pass rushing defensive linemen is another sign. Now, it appears, Lovie will be bringing the house at times (sans stunts).
Last week at the uniform unveiling, the subject of middle linebacker Mason Foster came up. Yes, Joe believes Foster just may be in for a fight for full-time duty with Dane Fletcher on board.
Lovie all but promised Foster will be rushing the quarterback often on passing downs, documents Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.
“He will blitz,’’ Smith said of Foster. “The position will blitz. Brian Urlacher will tell you that. You look at Brian’s numbers and you’ll see he has quite a few sacks.’’
Now whether Foster racks up more sacks remains to be seen. He had two sacks in each of his three seasons with the Bucs, and that’s just a hair under the three sacks Bears famed middle linebacker Brian Urlacher averaged per season.
But this does tell Joe that Lovie is all about punishing quarterbacks and doing whatever it takes to get them on the ground and disrupt plays.
It’s about damned time.