Kwon: I Was “Out Of Control,” Needed Guidance

September 13th, 2016

kwonfalconsPowerful stuff shared by Kwon Alexander yesterday.

It casts an eye-opening shadow on Lovie Smith’s coaching staff and illustrates the power of free agency.

On the Buccaneers Radio Network last night, Kwon was asked about the impact of linebacker Daryl Smith, the classy veteran with 172 starts under his belt before Sunday’s game.

Kwon emphasized how much Daryl Smith has been helping him — “When I say a lot, he talked to me a lot,” Kwon said. — and Kwon explained that Smith’s coaching and shining example has completely transformed his game.

“Last year as a rookie, I used to always juice my speed, just to use it,” Kwon said. “You know, and just go fast, but I used to always overrun stuff. You know, because I used to always just run fast and I used to be out of control most of the time. And he showed me how to be under control. I watched film on him, when he’s just practicing. He just be under control. Square.

“So I just watch him now. And now I’m doing the same motions and everything else he’s doing. And it’s working out good. I appreciate everything Daryl done brought to the table.”

Pretty eye-opening stuff from Kwon, considering he had Hardy Nickerson as a position coach and Lovie Smith as a head coach, and he had Lavonte David alongside him.

It seems the addition of Daryl Smith is the big difference-maker, delivering Kwon the maturity he needs to go from good to great.

Joe’s not burying Lovie and friends here. Obviously, they did a good job with Kwon last year. But as coachable as Kwon has proven to be, and after hearing this, Joe thinks Kwon could have been better last year with more effective coaching.

46 Responses to “Kwon: I Was “Out Of Control,” Needed Guidance”

  1. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    The signings of these veterans in the key positions was well planned..Excellent Jason!!! Excellent!!

  2. tmaxcon Says:

    keep working Kwon. Kwon’s drive is very impressive.

  3. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    We didn’t need to sign flashy players, like Josh Norman..We didn’t need to spend 12 Mil a year on some well known players..

    We just needed class and bad ass signings to help our young ones..brilliant move indeed..Daryl and Ayers were the ones I was so excited about..and add Grimes to help in his experience..

    Goodness, I can’t wait to see what else Kwon does..buying his jersey today for my son..Go Kwon! Go Bucs!!!!

  4. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    True story- so I’m in ale house sunday watching the game wit my girl. After Famous threw that bomb to ME I jumped up off my stool and shouted out “these mutha@$!#as fina stop lookin at us like we ain’t s@$!😡”.. I looked around the whole restaurant was looking at me smiling. I tucked my head in shoulders and slid back onto my stool and quietly told myself”tone it down Mike”.

  5. BUC55 Says:

    The importance of team chemistry including between veterans and younger players is underrated!! Licht and Koetter putting it all together!!!

  6. SB with Jameis Says:

    Just keep getting 17 tackles a game young man and we will be just fine.

  7. @iamkingsu Says:

    Let’s go vote for Winston for Fed Ex Player of the week on

  8. Cannon Says:

    lmao @ NosBos

    I did the same thing, only alone, at home


  9. Warren Says:

    Lol Nole…feels good right??

  10. pick6 Says:

    with very few exceptions, what has largely been lacking since the Great Purge of 2009 has been the guys who can show young and very talented players how to maximize their abilities. What Logan Mankins did for our 2 young linemen last year, and what daryl smith and brent grimes appear to be doing for Kwon and VH….that’s how you set a team and players up for long term succes

  11. Evo Says:

    Don’t tone it down nole of sat.. that’s what we need. It’s what true fans have waited years to say. To feel! I work at a job with a bunch of transplants. It’s hard taking $hit from fans and not having a valid come back besides “damn you are right. They seem to have no heart no pride”.

    All true fans. Don’t tone it down. Fire it up !!!!! Respectfully of course

  12. @iamkingsu Says:

    Just imagine living outside of Tampa market as a Bucs fan. I wasn’t even watching but my outburst was “Jameis on y’all f**k arses Lets go Got d*mn it! After that outburst I knew I was going to have to sweat out a win. Lol Life of a Bucs fan

  13. Curse of Gruden Says:

    Nole on Sat – Yell loud and yell often!

  14. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    He might not have been any better. Sometimes it takes a year for young guys to understand things. Hard to say for sure. It’s not hard to say that he is a stud linebacker.

  15. Phil Says:

    Joe I know you know people in the NFL. Can you please put a stop to these color rush uniforms? They are hideous and must be stopped. The person who gave the go ahead at the NFL on these should be waterboarded.

  16. Erik w/ Clean Athletics & United Games - a new 'Interactive' Fantasy Sports app by the makers of Madden Football Says:

    NoSBoS, that’s hilarious bro…

    In due time, people around the country are gonna realize that we are stout AF this year and we can run with anybody.

  17. DallasBuc Says:

    Incompetent Lovie Smith was never here to win football games. If they won, great but he never cared. He was here to collect his $5mil/yr to take afternoon naps in his office and lecture grown men about their use of harsh language.

  18. Gotbbux Says:

    Ha! I was doing the same thing in my house with my teenager who has NO recollection of the Bucs ever being good! I have to say it is so cool having kids that follow in your footsteps proudly wearing Bucs jerseys and gear to school all week! Not important in life, but on top of having great grades it’s pretty cool!!

  19. mike n Says:

    How did we get this guy in the 4th round????

  20. orlbucfan Says:

    Way to go, NoSBoS!! Everyone in the joint was smiling at your outburst. Your young lady was, too, I bet. 🙂 Ale Houses are cool places to watch Bucs games. I did plenty of it over the years including bringing a portable radio so I could listen to the simulcast. Kwon better not get bit by the Buc Luck Bug; he’s going to be right up there with Derrick Brooks. LVD ain’t no slouch either. I am having a ball watchung a 24K BUCS (mind you) offense come into being. Go Tampa Bay!!

  21. Bee Says:

    NosBos I said the same thing….in the Georgia Dome…surrounded by Falcons fans. I was right near the end zone where Evans and ASJ scored. It was a thing of beauty. When Sims scored before the half I lost it! I was talking trash the whole game. It’s a new day for this team. I haven’t been this excited in years!

  22. Bob in Valrico Says:

    have to add LVD also worked with Kwon a lot,so much so that his game suffered early in the year.Lets face it Mike linebacker calling the defense is tough way to start. Too bad ,Lovie an ex linebacker coach spent so much time meddling with our cornerbacks, when he had a prize pupil right underneath his nose.

  23. Bucsfanman Says:

    Kwon’s example isn’t JUST about coaching or JUST about leadership, it’s about a player that WANTS to be better. You can have all those other things but if the player isn’t hungry, it doesn’t matter.

    Keep the fire NosBos! I was right there with you brother!

  24. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo was out of control most of his young life. That’s why Pablo has so many, many children. Pablo is now in control so Pablo is very careful when exercising Pablo’s elongated arc (Haboo has one too)……Pablo thinks he likes Orlbucfan and Lifeofabucfan the most of all JBF posters….guess why”

  25. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Turn down for what??? 🍻Here’s to next weekend’s outburts then..

  26. LakeLandBuc Says:

    It’s a different defense, Kwon fits Mike Smith atack defense. He didn’t fit our Cover 2 defense, him or Lavonte. They lack the coverage skills of Derrick Brooks and Shelton Quarles. Lovie should have went away from the Cover 2 to a basic attack defense, that fits their skill set. His stubbornness is what got him fired.

  27. GhostofTedford Says:

    Pablo played cards with Jack Del Rio, Pablo bet all he had. Now Pablo has NOTHING!!!!!!!

  28. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    LMAO. Like Cannon I did the same thing at home. My wife starts scolding me.
    Settle down you’re scaring the spit out of the cats,

  29. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Now that’s funny Pete😄.

  30. Buc1987 Says:

    That pass to Evans…

    Oh that pass to Evans…

    I think my whole neighborhood heard me on that one so I get it NOS.

  31. SB with Jameis Says:

    I shot myself in the thumb today with a nail gun. Went straight through after bouncing off my bone. It was sticking out both sides and I had to have somebody pull it out for me. I thought of the TD to ME to make things better for me.

  32. William Walls Says:

    That’s awesome, NoSBoS! Let your Bucs flag fly!

  33. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    D@$! SB get well soon my friend and be careful wit that thing man.Will Wall they never come down.

  34. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo never played cards with Hack Del Rio but Pablo would like to play cards with Riverboat Ron. Pablo could bet all he had….lose it all and make it all up on a few hot Pasco County roofs and table dancing for big tips from 87.”

  35. Buc1987 Says:

    Pablo’s best customer.

  36. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “But as coachable as Kwon has proven to be, and after hearing this, Joe thinks Kwon could have been better last year with more effective coaching.”

    Or…it took his rookie year for Kwon to become more coachable. He was young. He was all fire. He realized after his rookie season that he had to potential and opportunity to become great.

    So his eyes were opened a bit wider.

  37. ATLBucsFan Says:

    I’ll add my experience…I was in the stands Sunday on the second long bomb to ME and I jumped up and and shouted “Jameis! Jameis! Jameis! Man that kid is awesome!” Much of the crowd around me, boisterous before seemed very quiet! Let’s be proud of seeing something we Bucs fans have never seen before.

  38. gotbbucs Says:

    Yes….the worm is finally turning for the Bucs.

  39. BigMacAttack Says:

    First game too. Things should only get better.

  40. DB55 Says:

    Maybe I’ve been living under a rock but I haven’t heard nfln or bspn say anything about Kwon 17 tackles or Jameis 4 TD passes. I know darn well if it were Derek Carr, mariota or Aaron Rodgers it would be on loop on both bspn and nfln. #norespect

  41. Pickgrin Says:

    Kwon’s speed was what really stood out to me in the Atlanta game. I’d say the 4.52 or whatever he ran at the combine was far from what he is capable of and in no way reflects his on field game speed. Dude looks like a flash of lightning out there when he comes flying in to get the runner. I thought LaVonte David always looked and played fast – but this dude is ridiculous. What a combo we have in those two – and for years to come…

  42. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Hahahahaha! @ Pablo…

    I swear, my family is about to divorce me..not only do I watch my Bucs..but every freaking game that is on..especially the other NFC south games..

    I had no voice left on Monday morning..

    On to Arizona!! 2-0 baby!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. mike10 Says:

    Used to always ‘juice’ my speed?… am I the only one that finds that funny

  44. JAB83 Says:

    My bad wrong one!!!!

  45. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    Truly the steal of the 2015 draft hands down. Last year he was flying around and playin off instincts. This year the game is slowing down for him wich is scary to think how go this lid can be. No ceilings for King Kwon. ( my new nickname for him, feel free to use it)

  46. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    @mike10 lmao just caught that