Kwon Will Cut Back Mike Smith Meeting Ritual

January 27th, 2018

It’s Year 3 of Mike Smith commanding the Buccaneers defense.

One hallmark of his reign (of terror?) was regular early-morning study sessions — extra time — with middle linebacker and defensive playcaller Kwon Alexander.

There’s just not a need for those any longer, Kwon told Joe after a Pro Bowl practice this week.

Kwon says he’s matured and soaked up enough where daily extra work with Smith 1-on-1 isn’t necessary.

“You know, I’m kinda getting older now, so some of the stuff I didn’t know, I know now. I can help the other younger guys,” Kwon said. “Whenever I need help, I’ll go up and see [Coach Smith]  and I can relate it to the other guys. Me and Mike are good. I’ll always go up and see him during the week, but it won’t be the same kind of meetings.”

Joe thinks this is a good thing. Perhaps Smith will have more time to invest now to figure out why his endless blitzes didn’t get home — sackless season for Kwon and Lavonte David — and why his linebackers had steep drops in tackles for loss last season, among other defensive issues.

35 Responses to “Kwon Will Cut Back Mike Smith Meeting Ritual”

  1. Bayers Says:

    Wow really you should always want to seek knowledge

  2. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    He’s realizing that this guy can’t teach him jack $hit. No point wasting time with a dead man walking

  3. BlogTalkFootball Says:

    I think it is pretty cool that Kwon is now the teacher, imparting what he learned from Smitty to the new LB’s. That is how the locker room should be.

    Now if we can just get the team to play angry.

  4. The Buc Realist Says:

    joe says:
    “Perhaps Smith will have more time to invest now to figure out why his endless blitzes didn’t get home”

    That is already done!!!!! Its called healthy, talented players on the roster!!!!! Now NFL GM Jason Licht has to go get them!!!! and that will be one step closer from finishing the full rebuild since the talk show dominik days!!!!!!!! Which now has only 2 draft pics and 1 undrafted free-agent from Four seasons ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Full rebuild indeed!!!!!! The straw house talk show dominik built has been exposed!!!!!!!!!!!

    Fix the “real” problems, The “Trenches”!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Nick Says:

    Me and Mike are good? I don’t need one on one anymore? This guy is NO leader.

  6. Dooshlarue Says:

    Perhaps the Pro Bowl is going to his head?

    Nah…….Man Boobs Mike Smith is a moron!

  7. darin Says:

    So he figured out his endless blitzes didnt get home because his players werent healthy? Dude you need a good dose of reality. Ironic considering your name. Do yourself a favor and google all the different defenses played in the league. I bet you could then figure out for yourself what the real issues are.

  8. The Buc Realist Says:


    Yes, and I told the sheep why over a year ago!!!!!!!!! Losing NS57 as the only second player that other teams double!!!! so that the LB’s come thru the a gap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Throw in that when KA58 was hurt and not in games, they did not blitz much at all because of the rookie in the MLB!!!!!!!!!!!

    OMG Its the……” Realist Repost”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The Buc Realist Says:
    November 15th, 2016 at 4:23 pm
    I have been quite surprised that on many plays the last 2 games that both teams have been lining up help on NS57!!! Whether a chip block by the TE or having the RB help the O-tackle!!!! Once again with someone with speed garnering so much attention!!!!! That really frees up the other lineman and LB’s!!!!

    Now stay healthy D-line so this team can compete this gauntlet of a schedule!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Rrsrq Says:

    So Kwon not listening to Sapp, no longer regularly meeting with Smith (he needs to find a medium in there somewhere), Maybe he should contact Mike Singletary

  10. webster Says:

    @ nick

    What he11 are you talking about? Do you think ray lewis had one on ones every day of every year of his career? Did you ever hear of derrick brooks meeting with monte? No you didnt and that did not mean they were not leaders. It meant they understood their responsibility in the system. Some of you buc fans just love to whine about something no matter how idiotic you sound. Its really pathetic and embarrasing.

  11. Not there yet Says:

    This is him you’ve got enough problems to worry about I’m good, I’ll wait for the next coordinator to come in

  12. LakeLand Says:

    Good, next season they have the 31st ranked defense.

  13. LakeLand Says:

    They may actually improve to the 30th ranked defense.

  14. Defense Rules Says:

    Not sure why Kwon & Smitty did those 1-on-1’s in the first place. Personally think the Bucs’ defense would’ve been more robust if Kwon had been moved outside when Beckwith demonstrated that he could handle the middle (which he did in the Giants & Patriots’ games … 23 total tackles). Also prefer Lavonte calling the defense & making adjustments.

  15. The Buc Realist Says:


    Just as long as they don’t fall to the depth’s of loser lovie’s defense giving up points per game at a record clip!!!!!!!!!

    2014 bucs defense 25.6 pts a game ( 14th hardest schedule
    2015 bucs defense 26.1 pts a game ( 29th easiest schedule)
    2016 bucs defense 23.1 pts a game ( fifth hardest schedule)
    2017 bucs defense 23.9 pts a game ( second hardest schedule)

    even with all the injuries the defense has come along!!!! Think if they add some talent!!!!!! Shameful in 2014 and 2015 as most were blowouts with teams shutting down in the third quarter or it would have been worse!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Dewey Selmon Says:

    So now have Beckwith meet every morning with Smith and move him to mlb. Move Kwon to sam except for nickel.

  17. Architek Says:

    You guys are idiots man. He’s saying he’s good so he’s going to allow for more time to be spent with other needs on the defense!

    Damm you guys are just not very bright.

  18. BucEmUp Says:

    Blitzes have same problem getting home as the front four there is always someone open. Kiss Grimes was pay takib and put vh3 in the slot have them all press on every play and watch the current roster produce sacks.

    It’s not rocket science but apparently it is to Mike Smith. Such a simple fix continually being ignored makes me think it’s frieking fixed

  19. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Webster FTW!!!

    “Some of you buc fans just love to whine about something no matter how idiotic you sound. Its really pathetic and embarrassing.”

    Yeah Webster…and it’s wearing out my scroll wheel. It’s also getting boring and makes this site less enjoyable.

    Lakeland is a poster who is less than positive. LOL But he DOES at least bring facts to support his opinion and I read his research. While I generally disagree with Lakeland he NEVER wastes my time.

    But ad hominem attacks are just a total waste of time.

    “Man Boobs Mike Smith is a moron!”

    Really? What did I get from that post. Not much…I’ve NEVER looked at any coach’s boobs! Calling someone a moron is meaningless. Surely it’s not meant literally…it’s just an expression of the posters unhappiness that tells me nothing.

  20. DoNUTS Says:

    Kwon is another player who has a lot of work to do. I recall him being beat or out of position several times in several games this year. Pro Bowl is garbage achievement that he thinks means he doesnt have to work as hard anymore (extra film study). I hope Smith rides him in camp. He is either not mature (most likely) or GMC rubbing off? Players play with injuries every week; for whatever reason Kwon gets a pass from some fans. GMC oddly gets no breaks in the injury area from the same fans.

    Mike Smith should have been fired. Glazers = no accountability. Bajankian should have been fired. Glazers = no accountability. I also think changes in player eval team should have been made. I looked at the roster and lets just say why is there so many college grads with no football experience telling Licht who is good/bad. There are no ex Buc players (Brooks) that need a job that may know a thing or two about what a championship football team looks like? Look at what Lynch is doing in SF. He knows what “it” (playoff team) looks like too.

  21. Mike Johnson Says:

    With one of the worst rated Defenses in the NFl, the Bucs have nowhere to go but up..hopefully. I just wish Kwon had a great Defensive Coach to teach him more things. Smith ain’t teachin Jack. And this is Kwons way of leeting us know so. I still cannot beleive the Glazers are allowing this idiot back as DC. But then again..its a BUC LIFE!!

  22. Tony from Los Angeles Says:

    This is one of the more troublesome things I’ve read all offseason,
    Successful people seek advice and answers – they don’t shun them.

    Yesterday Kwon publicly rebuked listening to anything from a HOF player who anchored one of the best defenses in league history.

    Today he publicly shuns having meetings with his defensive coordinator.

    Sounds like Kwon thinks he knows everything – the number one pitfall that prevents people from success.

    He feels the need to make this all public?

    Red flags all over the place.

  23. Ed Kerber Says:

    Trade Kwon while you can…he is a coach killer

  24. BFFL Says:

    LVD had green sticker on helmet towards end of season

  25. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Get a real defensive line and we won’t have to worry about all those blitzes. Copy what the Jags did with their D and we will be fine. We are a few players away from having an elite level defense.

    If we don’t go with Nelson at 7 Payne would probAbly be the next best option. Build the lines and work out from there.

  26. Joe Says:

    Successful people seek advice and answers – they don’t shun them.

    Unless they are getting the wrong answers. 🙂

  27. Buc believer Says:

    He realizes now that Smith doesn’t know sh…t.

  28. SB Says:

    Dont worry SPBF………..some of the posters here are Literally too stupid to insult.

  29. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    I like the idea of trading back if Chubb is gone. NflNut said earlier about getting Buffalos 21 and 22 plus a 3rd. We could turn this into a couple of picks. That how Tennessee did it. People seem to forget that the reason Tennessee got better fast than us because they were the worst team in the league and traded the #1 pick. Got multiple picks to up grade with. We should consider that. I like some of these middle round lineman (Will Hernandez, Maurice Hurst, ? Jones NC state DT)

  30. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “Unless they are getting the wrong answers.” If you don’t know what questions are being asked Joe, how do you know they’re getting the wrong answers? Unless you’re one of those with a green dot also of course.

    @FuNkYxMuNkEy … “If we don’t go with Nelson at 7 Payne would probAbly be the next best option. Build the lines and work out from there.” Another convert Realist & SPBF. Hallelujah !!!!!!!

  31. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    He didn’t say he would be meeting less, he said they would be different kinds of meetings.

  32. DoNUTS Says:

    Chubb or Nelson at 7…anything else trade down.

  33. Season Is Over Says:

    No one really cares as the meetings weren’t working anyway.

  34. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Keep LOVIE’S name out your mouth!!! 4th 5th 6th hardest schedule don’t mean squat…we were big time losers every year except the mishap 9-7 season, the regression that followed showes that was a fluke! TAKE A KNEE…KEEP AMERICA FREE…lets not MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN!

  35. The Buc Realist Says:

    The student is know the teacher!!!!!! And will preach and teach the defense to the new guys on the roster!!!!!!!!! This is how it starts for accountability!!!!!! The defense was only derailed last season with injuries!!!!!!! Even though the talent is on the lower spectrum of the league!!!!!!! Give the defense above average talent and watch it take off!!!!!

    Fix the “real” issues, the “trenches”!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!