Mason Foster Was Ready For The NFL

August 15th, 2011

Joe is a boring guy. He doesn’t do fantasy football; he doesn’t gamble. Joe loves, craves football for the pure joy of the game. Joe doesn’t need to have cash riding on a game to get worked up for football and doesn’t need to play fantasy sports to force feed him to like a game.

And yes, Joe has been known to watch Hawaii football at 2 a.m. on his DirecTV college football package. Not often mind you (usually by that time the multiple beers Joe has inhaled throughout the day finally catch up with Joe), but it has happened from time to time.

One thing Joe does do is that he is a sports radioholic. Joe falls asleep listening to sports radio (SiriusXM NFL Radio usually or perhaps Sirius College Football radio) and wakes up to sports radio (if there is a commercial, Joe will quickly turn to the King of All Media, Howard Stern).

As you can imagine, if it is a Saturday and Joe is not watching college football or at a college football game, Joe is listening to his good friend Justin Pawlowski of WDAE-AM 620, if the station can somehow find the time to squeeze in his show on a football Saturday.

Justin was not a fan of Barrett Ruud, to put it mildly. Joe can still hear to this day Justin, almost yelling, “Would you shed a freaking block?” when the subject of the former Bucs middle linebacker came up.

Joe doesn’t think he will hear Justin say that about Bucs rookie linebacker Mason Foster this year. Because Foster told Joe he learned how to shed blocks in college.

Foster took some time to chat with Joe and other reporters after Sunday’s Bucs practice.

JoeBucsFan: What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome coming from an outside linebacker at the University of Washington to a starting NFL middle linebacker?

Mason Foster: Probably the playbook. Physically, it’s definitely tougher and faster but you have to be on top of everything because you are the quarterback of the defense. Here on the NFL level you are playing with guys who have been on the NFL level for a couple of years now. They are looking at you now to make the checks so you have to be on top of everything and make sure you know what everybody is doing. I think I have adjusted well but I am still learning. Now I am trying to hit it every day as hard as I can.

Joe: This year rookies have been behind the eight ball because, in a normal year, rookies had months to learn the playbook whereas this year (because of the asinine lockout), you have just a matter of days. Can you talk about that?

Foster: Yeah, it’s like getting thrown in the middle of something where everybody else knows what they are doing. You are coming in from scratch. But luckily, I was well-coached at “U-Dub.” We had a pro linebacker coach [Mike Cox] come in and coach me the last two years. So I was ready. It’s different terminology but at the same time you have older guys like Geno [Hayes] and Quincy [Black] and Adam Hayward that will help you out. It makes things a little easier and they have helped me out.

Joe: Is there an element that you learned from Cox that you have been able to use here?

Foster: Definitely, how to shed blocks and how to use your hands to beat blockers. That is something that he really harped on that has really helped me out here.

Now this is beyond interesting to Joe. Doing a bit of research on Cox, it shows he was a defensive line coach as well for the Rams. What is the biggest thing defensive linemen have to use to get rid of blocks? Handwork.

So Joe is inclined to believe Foster is well-schooled with how to throw off offensive linemen in order to get to the ball, given the fact he was coached up by a former defensive line coach.

Joe’s just geeked to learn this.

When another reporter asked Foster what other obstacles were in his transformation from a college linebacker to the NFL, Foster laughed and said, “It is definitely hotter here than it is in Seattle for one. That is the biggest difference.”

8 Responses to “Mason Foster Was Ready For The NFL”

  1. Gary Says:

    If Mason can shed blocks, his inevitable rookie mistakes on the field will be forgiven by the fans. We just want someone in there who doesn’t get pushed around like a chump!

    And Joe, some people dont play fantasy football to make them follow their own teams. I always follow everything about the Bucs. But I dont really care about the stats of stars on other teams. Thats the one thing I like about fantasy, it has made me more knowledgable about things outside the Bucs.

  2. Gary Says:

    Besides, why else would I watch a Bills-Raiders game unless I had some money on it?

  3. Nick2 Says:

    I thought he looked good on Saturday night and it looks like more and more Ruud is going to be an afterthought when everyone thought we were making a huge mistake in not resigning him. Foster is going to do just fine and now we have an MLB with some POP!!!

  4. Dave Says:

    He looked pretty good Friday night. He recovered a fumble, made a tackle to prevent a first down, flew from sideline to sideline, and looked decent againts the run. I didn’t really watch him against the pass because I was watching Clayborne, who also looked very active and good.

  5. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    LOL…I watched the Titans game on NFL Network this past weekend. For the one or two series that Rudd was in…he was a non-factor.

  6. BecklesHeartsRuud Says:

    Indeed Scotty- Ruud didn’t even make one of his signature tackles from behind after a 15 yard gain! But watch out 2011 Pro-Bowl! Here comes Barrett Puud!! oops… I mean Ruud.

  7. mjmoody Says:

    If you want to see a baller get off a block, watch AC throw 300+ LT’s off of himself on run plays. All 11 should learn that technique. Foster made some nice film Friday and so too did MacKenzie. This is a great preseason battle.

  8. Bucbeliever Says:

    The fact that Penn is admittedly being pushed day in and day out is a good sign that Clayborn has some skill.

    GO BUCS!