“It’s An Attack Mode Defense”April 25th, 2014
On Tuesday, Joe had a chance, along with other members of the Tampa Bay pen and mic club, to get inside the Bucs locker room and speak with many players who were not getting taped up or tending to some type of trainers needs or other football-related responsibilities.
To a man, those guys couldn’t wait to hit the practice fields at One Buc Palace. Joe had never seen players geeked to practice. But even after a hearty practice (remember, guys couldn’t hit and the only piece of padding they wore along with their shorts and shoes and jerseys were those gleaming chrome helmets), players were still pumped. Enter Jonathan Casillas.
The Bucs strongside linebacker is fully in love with Lovie’s defense. For a variety of reasons. One reason is that, per Casillas, linebackers will be interchangeable depending on the coverage called and what the offense shows.
Based on where an offense lines up in strongside, Casillas says he could be a weakside linebacker at times, or maybe even a middle linebacker.
“In order for us to really get the maximum out of all of our players in the linebacker room, we have to know all three positions,” Casillas said. “I am learning all the positions including nickel spot. It is a fly-around defense with the linebackers making a lot of players and we have the ability to freelance a little bit which is always a good thing for a defensive player. You kind of get to do what you want.
“It’s an attack-mode defense. Our players are built for that. We have the defensive guys to do it and make it functional. We have the guys in the locker room. We brought in guys now to secure all the spots.”
Joe can understand why Casillas is jacked to play. Just listening to him Joe just wanted to pound beers and pray the NFL season started Sunday.
Alas, the season is far away and the draft is two weeks away, which means Joe is further assaulted by mock drafts for another 13 days.
To hear the excitement in Casillas’ voice click the audio below from Joe’s partners in crime, WDAE-AM 620.