The Wrath Of Kwon

July 23rd, 2017

Feels heat from Bucs’ MLB.

Sometimes the squeaky wheel really does get the grease.

Case in point, Bucs middle linebacker Kwon Alexander. A couple of weeks ago, Alexander became enraged on Twitter when NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest ranked his top 10 linebacker units and the Bucs were not included.

Alexander couldn’t believe it, and many Bucs fans were equally confused. And Alexander let McGinest have it on Twitter. So much so McGinest even made reference to it last week on a segment of “Total Access.”

Ironically, it wasn’t the first time Alexander was dissed by the Los Angeles-based studio. A year ago, when studying the Bucs defensive roster, just after Alexander had thrilling rookie season in which he may have been named Defensive Rookie of the Year had he not been suspended, Alexander wasn’t even listed on the NFL Network’s depth chart of the Bucs.

So Joe doesn’t blame Alexander one bit if he is sensitive to what is pumped out by the NFL’s Hollywood house organ.

Fresh from his scolding by Alexander, McGinest recently listed young linebackers who will become dominant forces this season, including Alexander among linebackers who will take their next step in development.

2017 projection: 150 tackles, six sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.

Alexander has been climbing the ladder and is really on the brink of establishing himself as one of the best middle linebackers in the NFL. He’s athletic and has a perfect combination of power and explosiveness. He’s not the biggest linebacker (6-foot-1, 227 pounds), but is stout and heavy enough to be a force in the run game. Alexander also thrives in coverage and plays a major role in the Bucs’ budding defense. He never comes off the field, giving him ample opportunity to make plays in Year 3.

Of course, Joe agrees with McGinest’s vision of Alexander becoming a stud middle linebacker. One could argue he already is.

Joe just has to wonder how much Alexander hounding McGinest influenced McGinest’s decision.

15 Responses to “The Wrath Of Kwon”

  1. R.O. Says:

    I think Kwon has more to prove than Noah Spence. Need more splash plays from KA58. Not more drag down tackles 5 yards downfield.

  2. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Ghengis Kwon! He’s going to explode.

  3. stpetebucsfan Says:

    And so do we have any concerns about this team’s motivation?

    WOW…how good can it get. We have a franchise QB…team leader who is obsessed with becoming the greatest of all time…keeps Muhammed Ali poster around to remind him of that greatness and is not just talk..he puts in the time and effort. Awesome baby!

    We have the team leader on Defense peoed because he’s feels dissed. And best of all he first blew up not at a personal diss but the diss of the entire Bucs LB corps…

    GMC has read enough Tmax posts to have rededicated himself to a great season…OK just funnin’ a bit there but I do believe GMC is well aware of the criticisms and he’s ready!

    Everybody seems to be on the same page!

  4. BucEmUp Says:

    I think Lavonte David has the most to prove this year….dude has been quit these last two seasons. Kwon is just an Animal!

  5. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    BucEM can you imagine that LVD version under shiano coupled with Kwon.. Sheesh.

  6. Pickgrin Says:

    LD54 and Kwon are easily a top 3 LBing duo. Perhaps the best in the league but minimum top 5. To leave them off a top 10 list is just ignorance.

    We need both to play well this year.

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    @McGinest … “2017 projection: 150 tackles, six sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.” Sorry, can’t see it. Kwon has averaged 8.5 tackles per game, and that’d be 136 tackles for this season if it holds. 150 tackles is doable, but it’d be on the high side IF LVD rebounds to his previous averages (which is what I’m really hoping happens BTW). Kwon’s averaged 3 sacks per season, so doubling that to 6 sacks would probably mean a LOT more blitzing from our MLB (not something Smitty seems to do much of). Kwon’s averaged 1.5 INTs & 1.5 FF’s per season, so doubling that sounds nice, but it also sounds like a stretch. I agree with R.O. … “Kwon has more to prove than Noah Spence does”, mostly because he’s on the field much, much more and because he’s a lot more visible … and vulnerable … being in the center of the defense.

  8. Jim Says:

    Kwon “broke out” during the Falcons game his rookie year.

  9. Destinjohnny Says:

    Willie keep not giving him praise
    We want this guy roaming At the mouth

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  11. Joe Says:

    I think Kwon has more to prove than Noah Spence. Need more splash plays from KA58. Not more drag down tackles 5 yards downfield.

    Stop it! He’s not Barrett Ruud. So his strip fumbles aren’t splash enough for you? His pick-six isn’t wasn’t splash enough for you?

    Seems you are clearly watching the wrong linebacker. Or pound way too many beers watching the Bucs. Good grief!

  12. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    Agreed Joe. I guess the fella didn’t see him man handle Julio after years of Julio toying with our defense.

  13. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    He’s alot younger than me but Kwon became one of my heroes on that faithful Sunday.

  14. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    When I think about it I still can’t believe the way he dealt with Julio.. As a rookie😠.

  15. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs fans' Says:

    Kwon is the Truth.

    There are so many distractions out there, Sometimes people need to be led to it and don’t see it on their own.

    Sorry I havn’t been posting… I always get moderated on my new phone