More Blitzes For Foster? Yes, Please.

April 4th, 2014

mason foster 0404

Last week at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Bucs coach Lovie Smith held court for reporters and talked about middle linebacker Mason Foster blitzing more.

At a recent fan outing with select season ticket holders, Joe caught up with Foster to discuss his new defensive responsibilities under his new coaching staff. Joe will bring you excerpts through the weekend. But here is what Foster had to say about him going after the quarterback.

In short, Foster is all for more blitzing, at least from him.

JoeBucsFan: Lovie said recently that he plans to blitz you more. Is that something you welcome?

Mason Foster: Yes, definitely. I am open to do whatever they need me to do to help this team win. Blitzing is the fun part. Pin your ears back and make something happen. So I am definitely looking forward to working with Lovie and coach Nickerson and everybody with the Bucs.

Now Joe also asked Foster if he had spoken with Brian Urlacher, who played middle linebacker for Lovie in Chicago, in order for Foster to get an idea of what to expect from Lovie and how to prepare for his defense.

Foster said he did not speak with Urlacher but had spoken to enough players who played in that defense, and enough coaches familiar with it, that Foster has a good idea of what to expect.

And he expects quarterbacks to sweat a lot more playing against the Bucs than in recent years.

6 Responses to “More Blitzes For Foster? Yes, Please.”

  1. pablo Says:

    I don’t really understand why people think Foster won’t succeed in Lovies Defense? Or think he will get bumped to OLB? This guy pass coverage is underrated. Do you guys quickly forget those pick 6s he scored last season, or that awesome pass he defended to micheal turner in the flat in ’12? Plus he does the ric flair after every TFL . I’m probably the only person in town with a Foster #59 jersey but I think this guy is here to stay.

  2. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Mark my words all you Foster naysayers…this time next year Foster will be one of the Bucs stars on the rise.

  3. BoJim Says:

    He’s good now. I think he will be even better this year.

  4. Brandon Says:

    What’s up with the misspelling of the word, “definitely” two times in a row? Once is a typo, twice means you’re having a 4th grader do your data entry for you.

  5. Joe Says:


    Spellcheck even missed that Brandon. Thanks.

  6. Stu Laake Says:

    @ BB, hope you’re correct…highly doubt it.