Harsh On KwonJune 20th, 2016
The PFF tribe is back to banging on their drums.
And the drumbeat begun by Sam Monson suggests dread for Bucs middle linebacker Kwon Alexander. Monson is unimpressed and goes to great lengths in a featured piece to prove his point.
Alexander, Monson believes, was either out of position (how Monson would know what Alexander’s assignment was is a mystery to Joe) or just plain missed tackles.
Alexander was named NFL’s Rookie of the Week twice, as well as the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 8. He made some big plays in his rookie season, but there was a lot of bad to go along with the good, and that seems to be getting glossed over.
Take that award-winning performance against Atlanta in Week 8 as an example. He had six solo tackles, an interception and a forced fumble, and he had another interception on a free play for Matt Ryan that was nullified. If you distill his performance down into three box-score numbers it looked great, but if you start evaluating all 78 snaps he was on the field for, it looks far less impressive.
At least Monson tried to point out where Alexander shined and suggested there is enough good tape of Alexander not to throw in the towel.
Couple of points from Joe: Monson bags on Alexander’s play in the Tennessee debacle that opened the 2015 season. It was Alexander’s first game for crying out loud! Second, Coach My Scheme rolled out the worst-prepared defense Joe has ever seen. (Buffalo’s offense vs. Dallas the first time those teams met in the Super Bowl was the worst-prepared offense Joe had ever seen)
That inept display was such a disgrace, it was the beginning of the end for Coach My Scheme.
The fact the Bucs ‘defense collapsed the last four games of the season when Alexander served his suspension speaks volumes, both of how badly the team missed Alexander, and how Coach My Scheme, knowing since training camp (when Alexander was popped for allegedly guzzling an illegal energy drink) that Alexander was going to serve a four-game suspension at some point, still couldn’t figure out an answer.
Alexander is going to get coached up by a coordinator this year, for the first time since he was at LSU. Joe is excited to see how Alexander performs.