Raheem High On Foster’s 29 Snaps

September 14th, 2011

Labeled a tackling machine coming out of college, starting middle linebacker Mason Foster flashed some of that production Sunday.

The rookie played just 43 percent of the snaps, as he was off the field on third down and on three-receiver sets, but his name hit the stat sheet hard, for whatever that’s worth. Raheem Morris praised his rookie MLB while heavily critiquing his other linebackers during The Raheem Morris Show on WDAE-AM 620 Monday evening.

“Six tackles in those 29 snaps and one assist. He really played productive,” Raheem said. “When [Foster] was in, he certainly played well.”

Joe didn’t see that a crushing physical presence from Foster on Sunday, but he surely had a solid debut and surely wasn’t the problem on the Bucs defense.

24 Responses to “Raheem High On Foster’s 29 Snaps”

  1. justin Says:

    why do we never get any sacks or even any pressure on the qb we should of signed a veteran on the dl, putting in all these rookies and 2nd year players and practice squad players may help 5 years down the road but we gonna suck till then

  2. flmike Says:

    Justin, did you watch the game, the pressure was there, until the Talib pick-6, then Schwartz put Stafford into 3 and 5 step drops with a quick release, also, go back and watch the tape and watch the subtle difference in the way the Lions’ Oline lined up after the int, they were easily 18 inches off the ball with Riaola (their center) having to actually reach for the ball to snap it, this will do two things, it negates defenses speed and also allows the Oline a second or two more to set their feet get their arms out and absorb the rush, is this legal? no, but they were able to do it. This is just me and my opinion, to me the Lions are the league’s team this year, they always pick one and this year its the Lions it seems. Watch you will hear their opponents complain about non-calls and bad calls made against them. The league desperately wants the Lions to succeed, remember Jerome Bettis’ last season the way the Steelers would always get the call, ie: phantom holding calls during the SB. The Lions are the it team this year.

  3. raphael Says:

    hope Foster is ready for AP….should be interesting…#59 is a player for real…D-line will be fine…some fans gotta chill alittle

  4. tony2cents Says:

    The LBs will have to be more disciplined in coverage. They kept biting on Detroits misdirection plays that it lead to wide open real estate for their WRs and RBs.

  5. tony2cents Says:

    I want to see Foster crack some heads on Sunday ala Ochocinco. and if he gets fined, have the Glazers reimburse him.

  6. Freeman4President Says:

    I rewatched the game yesterday, and man black and hayes were biting hard on play action…and Black not Foster was the one getting burnt on those tightend routes and middle screens. Black can’t cover…thats a problem if he is your “passing situation” linebacker.

  7. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Foster played a very nice game. If he played 100% of the snaps that would equate to a 14 tackle pace in that game. Outstanding.

    However, from what I’ve been reading on Vikes sites they plan to throw the ball a LOT more against the Bucs this week. That doesn’t bode well for Foster’s production in this game.

    The good news is that McNabb has one of the worst short passing games of any QB I’ve ever seen, so the 2-3 step drops we saw from Stafford will likely not be what the Vikes do against us. Looks like they plan to focus a lot on intermediate and downfield passes and try to get AP going on some play action.

    Good luck with that strategy, because their o-line is one of the worse in the league right now and our pass rushers should have a fantastic day providing pressure. Looking forward to it.

  8. Capt.Tim Says:

    I’m not surprised. I really like Foster. I think he’s gonna be a real thumper. But he should play at strong side. Thats the LB responsible for run stopping in our defense. Foster is a great hitter/tackler. Looks shaky in coverage. Let Black do that. He sucks at it, but he’s not any better at anything else. He’s somebody’s nephew, so I guess we’re stuck with him. Might as well play Foster to his strong suits, and let Quincy do whatever Quincy does.

  9. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    One of our issues is that Black & Foster are strong against the run but not in coverage. Hayes is the only one who can cover well. This kind of defense works well when you have safeties who can back up the LB’s in coverage (ala the Ravens & Steelers), but when you have average cover safeties like Grimm & Jones this kind of defense can struggle. We really need Tanard back after this game, please.

  10. Capt.Tim Says:

    Tanard?? He hasn’t played in forever!! I don’t think some stoned, outta shape pothead is gonna help anything. Besides, we have enough idiots in that seconday as it is!

  11. bucsman27 Says:

    tanard still has 3 more games til he can be reinstated so good luck with that but while he is a pot head he was still good hell he was probably high whenever he made a play

  12. Mauha Deeb Says:

    Foster was not the issue. Hayes and Black were.

  13. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    bucsman27: Wrong. TJax is eligible for reinstatement after the 2nd regular season game, which is this week against the Vikings.

    Capt.Tim: you are without a clue, obviously, when it comes to TJax. You don’t think he’s been practicing & working out diligently in preparation for his return? Of course he has. And he has the talent of a top ten free safety. If you don’t think he’s an upgrade over Grimm & Jones then you don’t know how to evaluate football talent.

  14. ATLBucsFan Says:

    @flmike – couldn’t agree more. Seems in ’99 the greatest show on turf was the league favorite and they got a big phantom call!

  15. OAR Says:

    “You don’t think he’s been practicing & working out diligently in preparation for his return? Of course he has.”
    And you know this, how? You are ass-uming he is.
    BTW my mother called and said you should take off your rubber boots, cause your more of a slipper guy!

  16. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    And you’re ass-uming he’s not. Two way street.

  17. OAR Says:

    Conspiracy theorists abound!

    The Vietnam War was fought over a bet that Howard Hughes lost to Aristotle Onassis.

  18. OAR Says:

    I’m not ass-uming Tanard is doing anything! He still needs to pass his reinstatement exam from the mad professor Godell! He handles his decision making process with a coin toss!

  19. OAR Says:

    Goodell – pun was intended!

  20. Capt.Tim Says:

    After being caught three times for smoking pot , I assume he’s been smoking pot. History is what we have to go on!

  21. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Being faced with the extinction of your way of life usually motivates people to make drastic changes. Usually. In Tanard’s case…hopefully.

  22. Capt.Tim Says:

    FlboyinDallas- let’s hope so. But remember- you thought Talib was Elite, and he got owned Sunday. Don’t mistake his being a thug for being a football player

  23. MTM Says:

    Raheem is high on GMC too. How about getting results from the d-line? They need to play the game of the century to live up to the praise being thrust upon them by Rah. Foster will be fine. But dam we needed so veterans sprinkled in during the off season to fill in the weak area. Like Nickerson did years ago.

  24. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Capt.Tim: Talib is elite…as far as physical talent goes. He just isn’t disciplined enough in his play to rate that label yet. Who knows if he’ll ever get there. But remember, Megatron is one of the most freakishly athletic WR’s this game has ever seen. Ever.