No Respect II

April 22nd, 2016


Memo to folks who work for the NFL: Please know your better players’ names. No need to pull a BSPN and misidentify top-shelf players.

Joe has to doff his cap to the NFL. The draft analysts for NFL Network hold conference calls in the days leading up to the draft and the kind folks of the NFL pump out the transcripts. Given that these conference calls often last an hour or more, that’s a boatload of typing, often by interns.

Joe greatly appreciates the effort. But once again, a top player has been misidentified and once again it is Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander.

A few weeks ago, Joe brought word that analyst Charles Davis, in discussing the defensive needs of the Bucs, didn’t even have Alexander as a starting middle linebacker. Joe knows Davis and has seen him at One Buc Palace and understands he just had a massive brainfart. What galled Joe is that no producer at NFL Network studios outside Los Angeles who typed the namecards knew they had totally forgotten about Alexander. Talk about zero research!

Well, Davis was involved in a conference call and while discussing linebackers, mentioned Alexander’s name. But whoever typed up the transcript, had Alexander’s first name as “Juan.”

Q. We hear defensive coaches talk a lot about the importance of being strong through the spinier defense. But with passing games where they are right now, can you guys just outline what you feel most defensive coaches want now maybe, as opposed to even as little as seven, eight years ago from defensive
tackles, linebackers, safeties in terms of skill sets?

CHARLES DAVIS: I don’t think as much has changed as maybe people think. I think you have the ability to mix and match and get guys in, though it’s interesting watching how the colleges are starting to influence the NFL a little bit. I keep saying for the first time, I probably need to quit saying that, but I feel like the colleges are influencing the NFL all the time. So they’re playing more up tempo, trying to keep certain sets out on the field. But you still want the same basic skill set. It’s just harder to find at times.

I think this year Daniel has outlined all the defensive tackles in the draft. This to me feels like almost an anomaly, especially going forward, because the way colleges are playing, the big guys don’t get to stay on the field anymore. A lot of times they don’t even start them on the field because they’ve got these drives and they’re going fast, and you can’t just keep them out there. So you’re still looking for the same basic set with what you’ve got to deal with, big guys inside, dealing with the run game, but you need linebackers that can stay on the field and run, and that’s why the smaller linebackers out of college are finding homes. Juan Alexander last year from LSU and Tampa. When did he become a starter? Like week two of training camp. But he’s an undersized guy. This year, Deion Jones coming out of LSU,
highly regarded.

And then the safety position. Figuring that out, that’s been a hard thing for everyone, because safeties have to do so much more in terms of coverage as opposed to just being those big thumpers like a Kam Chancellor that just knocks you over, and the way Arizona plays defense now with Deone Bucannon, and Tony Jefferson who are essentially linebackers. Mark Barron has dropped down from safety to linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams.

So they’re all looking for a bunch of different skillsets along the way. But still trying to find the same package of guys. Can we put these smaller guys out there who can still hold up when people decide to run the football?

Is it too much to ask that even interns have a modest understanding of the top players in the game, or at least returning starters? This is the second time in less than a month the NFL has embarrassed itself in this regard.

C’mon fellas, it is the offseason. There’s time to look at team websites and monitor the projected returning starters.

38 Responses to “No Respect II”

  1. Dick Butkiss Says:

    Aw, Joe. That’s a typo! The “J” is right next to the “L” on a keyboard!

  2. Dick Butkiss Says:

    “K”** See, typos can happen.

  3. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    GengisKwon will use this too.

  4. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    @Dick Butkiss

    And the U and A?

  5. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    Obi Kwon Kenobi

  6. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


  7. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    It’s all about the Pub. We don’t get any in Tampa unless we win. Same for even the Lightning. Their players are JUST NOW beginning to get their due after playing so well last year and now this year in the playoffs.

    When the Bucs start reaching the playoffs regularly this will disappear. We simply are not New York, LA, Chicago, Philly or Boston. They get pub based on skill and achievement for sure but also because of the population of their market.

    So when i read boneheads like former St. Pete Mayor anxious to describe St. Pete…or Tampa Bay for that matter as “Major League” I want to puke.

    Major league has NOTHING to do with the enthusiam of the fan base…quality of the franchise…coolness of the city…it’s about POPULATION..that’s what determines “Major League”. Certainly other factors harm us like no corporate HQ’s to subsidize our team like the top 5 “Major League” markets.

    BTW…at least Juan rhymes with Kwon and is a far more common name…just ask Pablo.

    Last btw…If LVD had Josh Norman’s incredible arrogance and huge yap and had jawed all this time in the league and done everything he could to draw attention to himself he would get far more recognition…not deservedly of course…he already deserves it…just that the squeaky wheel gets the grease…see Norman.

  8. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    King Kwon 🙂

  9. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:


  10. Dooshlarue Says:

    NGL Joe?

  11. Miko Says:

    K’won Man!

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo loves “Juan” Alexander……..Pablo thinks that’s a great name for him. Pablo hopes everybody continues to call him Juan. If the Bucs don’t draft an Amigo or pick one up for Pablo in FA…..then the least that can be done is to give them Hispanic names…….Pablo thinks we don’t need to mess with Hamus’ name.”

  13. Joe Says:

    NGL Joe?

    Not sure what that means.

  14. Bucsfanman Says:


    I went too far didn’t I?!

  15. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Kwon said on twitter that he wants to be called “The Nightmare”…

    So what Kwon wants, Kwon gets..

    Kwon “The Nightmare” Alexander…

  16. rayjay1122 Says:

    Respect is Kwonditional upon winning.

  17. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    Nightmare on Kwon Street

  18. Buccfan37 Says:

    When I saw the title I knew Pablo was going to weigh in. Pablo, America’s greatest Spanish wisdom giver.

  19. Pickgrin Says:

    Go get em Kwon. BSPN just adding fuel to the fire already burning within this young man to be a difference maker.

  20. Howard Cosell Says:

    You will refer to him as Alexander the Great.
    Anything less is blasphemous.

  21. Howard Cosell Says:

    The real ATG had to put up with this sh*t too, until he kicked everyone’s arses…then you can be damn sure they got his name right.

  22. Buc1987 Says:

    Ha ha ha ha as if Joe never makes any typos with players names….

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    Howard …I call him the Wrath of Kwon, but whatever works for you.

  24. Juan Says:

    So what’s the problem?

  25. Capt. Tim Says:

    Meybe Juan is his middle name
    Kwon Juan Alexander

  26. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    LOL!! Capt. Tim

  27. MikeJohnson Says:

    Typos happen all of the time. I’ve even seen quite a few in the worlds most prominent newspapers, here and including me. If we want respect in this NFL? We gotta earn it. Win some games Bucs. Finish above 500!!

  28. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    LifeOfABucFan Says
    “Kwon said on twitter that he wants to be called “The Nightmare”…

    So what Kwon wants, Kwon gets..”

    lol…yeah, like it works that way! Ask Doug how easy it is to drop the “Muscle Hamster” nickname! lol

  29. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    Kwon Juan is actually pretty good, given this article 😉

  30. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    And btw…”Juan” is not a typo.

    A typo is switching the locations of letters in a word, or hitting the wrong key. In this case, “K” is next to “J”, but that doesn’t explain the “U” and “A”.

    This was a case of stupidity…sort of like the people here who think we’ll take a Defensive Tackle at #9.

  31. Berserker Says:

    Thats alot of typos in one first name

  32. SB with Jameis Says:

    Pablo wishes there was a Bucs player with the name Juan.

  33. Trubucfan22 Says:

    It is an honest mistake. No need to start throwing people under the bus.

    For 1, kwon has similar pronunciation as juan.
    2, he is a buccaneer. No one knows about any buc’s players
    3, he was a 4th round rookie last season.

    I don’t really expect a national media INTERN, to have every single player name memorized. Especially when they are 4th round rookies playing for the Bucs.

  34. Pawel Says:

    And Mike Glennon is Pedro.

  35. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    LWD a Nightmare on Kwon Street I like that!

  36. Joe Says:

    Ha ha ha ha as if Joe never makes any typos with players names….

    A “typo” is not totally getting a name wrong, especially when it is too easy to check a roster online.

  37. buccfan305 Says:

    King Kwon!!!

  38. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Everybody will know his name by January.