Violent Is The Word For Cappa

May 13th, 2018

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The guy Mike Mayock compared to a bouncer has no plans to change his mentality.

That was the word from rookie Bucs offensive lineman Alex Cappa. The guy Mayock also referred to as the most “violent” player in the draft believes that is not only his bedrock style, but he said offensive linemen must have the mentality of an alley fighter when asked yesterday if having a “mean streak” is key.

“I feel like it’s the most important thing for an offensive lineman,” Cappa said. “You’ve got to be able to compete and be physical, but really that’s just how you play the game.”

Unfortunately for Cappa, underwear football offers linemen zero ability to throw around anyone else. And tossing tackling dummies only does so much.

But when asked about Cappa, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter raved about how intelligent a player he is. Like players are learning how to work with the coaches, the coaches are learning a lot about their new players, too.

“He’s sharp, very sharp,” Koetter said of Cappa. “That’s one thing; when you don’t have the pads on, the thing you can learn about these guys is how sharp they are and how quick they pick up, how naturally football comes to them. He’s one that definitely fits in that category.”

Joe is hoping that Cappa’s mentality rubs off on other Bucs offensive linemen.

Yeah, sure, Cappa is but a rookie. But if he is able to improve his game by not being afraid to put guys on the ground if that’s what it takes, maybe others along the line may take a hint?

25 Responses to “Violent Is The Word For Cappa”

  1. teacherman777 Says:

    Humboldt county Hippy-Warrior!

    Best herb in America! Lol.

    And Ali Marpet is from a hippy family too! In Teettod’ Westchedrer County. Such a hippy town!

    We got two, smart, hippy-warriors!

    I love it!!

    Go Bucs!

  2. teacherman777 Says:

    *terry town near dobbs ferry

  3. Easy Says:

    I hope this guy pans out to be a solid RT as eventually Dotson’s replacement. You need a mauler at your RT spot.

  4. Cobraboy Says:

    The guy needs some serious weight room work. I like the attitude and raw ability, but he looks a little “doughy.”

    But that is to be expected from D2 where sport is not a full-time job.

  5. Radsy Says:

    It’s great hearing the positive reviews of Cappa, but I do worry about the high expectations and Marpet comparisons when you see Cappa’s combine numbers. He doesn’t test out as anywhere near the athlete that Ali is.

  6. AlteredEgo Says:

    Cobra…I agree about the serious weight room ….I realize his height and weight are in line with his position but he looks kind of soft ….I’ve noticed that in every photo….

  7. Not there yet Says:

    I don’t really think about the comparisons to marpet but this is where I worry about poor decisions of our head coach and another are where he sucks. Was it Licht fault he spent the first half of the season saying he had two starting guards and continued to rotate starters?

    I don’t want to see that crap this year and if sweezy can’t be here and healthy for camp he should lose his spot or be cut off he’s not better than cappa or CB at guard, that should be open competition and not saying that worries me

  8. martinni Says:

    It’s really whats between a players ears that counts. Sounds like Cappa has the IQ and emotional intensity to succeed, the dough should harden up quickly.

  9. Bird Says:

    I hope he progresses that he wins right guard spot this year. I want a nasty interior with him , marpet and Jensen. And then can transition to right tackle as Dotson ‘s days are numbered considering age and recent injuries (knees )

  10. LouisFriend Says:

    Cobraboy Says:
    May 13th, 2018 at 10:10 am
    The guy needs some serious weight room work. I like the attitude and raw ability, but he looks a little “doughy.”


    I’ve been thinking the same thing. I don’t expect too much from him until he thickens up a little more. He looks like a tackle who’d get thrown aside right now. Give him a year of exposure (and eating/conditioning) before they throw him against the big dogs.

  11. Tc Says:

    Looks very soft and unathletic

  12. Pickgrin Says:

    Cappa needs reps and lots of them.

    Really glad to hear what a quick study he is and that he obviously takes coaching really well. These are the elements you can’t see on that spider graph everyone is whining about in comparison to Marpet’s.

    Its totally unfair to compare anyone to Marpet. Stupid really – Why even? Because they both have long hair, a “mean streak” and were drafted fairly high from small schools???

    Marpet is like a 5%er athletically for a Guard. If he had gone to a big school and gotten exposure for 3 years he would have been a top 25 pick.

    Cappa is a mauler and a brawler. He brings as much or more “fight” as any OLine player that was available this year (not named Nelson). Don’t need big TE-like athletic abilities to kick the a$$ of the DT in front of you when you are 6’6″- 305 lbs (++ in time).

    I see Alex Cappa as our starting Rt Guard this year. Hope he grows into that role quickly.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Joe is hoping that Cappa’s mentality rubs off on other Bucs offensive linemen.

    And….he can fight it out in practice with some of our new physical Dlinemen. Hopefully, he will slap some of them silly. Love to see him vs JPP…

    I don’t worry at all about his conditioning and weight development…..that should happen easily and keep in mind he may be a backup for his first year…..I actually hope he is….that will mean we have a very healthy Oline and he will have time to fully develop.

  14. SB Says:

    Guys the “doughyness” will take care of its self. The guy will now have professional trainers and nutritionists at his disposal 24/7. Things he surely did not have at a D2 school.

  15. Hodad Says:

    Until Dotson is cleared to practice the right tackle job is open for competition, Sweezy not ready same can be said for right guard. It would be nice if Cappa, and Caleb could use this opportunity to replace both of them. From center left we’re in fine shape, those three players will be paid, we need two young guys to solidify the right side.

  16. AlteredEgo Says:

    SB Says:
    May 13th, 2018 at 11:12 am
    Guys the “doughyness” will take care of its self. The guy will now have professional trainers and nutritionists at his disposal 24/7. Things he surely did not have at a D2 school.
    Agree %100 however don’t expect a transformation this year….
    that said…he simply can not pull off the long hair look….it’s a stringy mess…LOL…

  17. Cobraboy Says:

    I have heard about his thuggishness, but have yet to actually SEE anything. I’ll be sceptical until actual evidence is presented. His D2 film is against linemen of D2 quality.

    And I hope upon hope it is.

    I thought the same about Marpet, but Marpet’s numbers and combine show was stellar.

  18. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    The guy is aD2 tackle going on air, hope he is not starting week 1

  19. Mike Johnson Says:

    I’m sure Buc trainers are getting a..bulk up plan for Cappa. He looks a tad bit small for a lineman. But he could just have raw strength. Something that is almost..God given. Love his attitude though.

  20. AlteredEgo Says:

    As Gordon Solie used to say about lightweight Steve Kern when he first got in the ring ….”he has tendon strength” 🙂

  21. Trench War Says:

    Alex “Samson” Cappa

  22. Defense Rules Says:

    @Pickgrin … “I see Alex Cappa as our starting Rt Guard this year. Hope he grows into that role quickly.” Wish that were true, but I personally don’t see it happening this year Pickgrin. He reminds me in some ways of Dotson when he first came to the Bucs in 2009 … a ‘project’ to be sure. Dots had the size (6’9″ & 315 lbs) but not the experience & technique (nor the strength at the time I suspect). Took him 3 full years to perfect his technique before he was able to start at RT. Held up nicely for 3 years, but started breaking down in 2015 (only started 3 games). Injuries have hampered him every year since. Cappa’s hair might say ‘Samson’ but the body says he needs ‘some serious weight room work’ like CobraBoy said.

  23. Bucnjim Says:

    Doughy? That’s funny I think his skin color and long hair contribute to that look especially without pads on. 6’6″ 305lbs points straight to right tackle. Too tall to take on the inside guys who would immediately get leverage so I’m not sure guard is his Calling? I do love his attitude and aggressiveness.

  24. Jr Says:

    You dont have to be a bodybulider to be strong and physical. Looks are decieving. If thats the case then david boston and laron landry should have been the greatests of all time at their positions. Hell Warren Sapp wasnt in great looking shape but was an absolute beast in the trenches.

  25. Owlykat Says:

    Great point, Jr. Sapp didn’t look like a physical specimen either but he had the grit, sheer determination, and a great takeoff with raw strength. When we do get to practice in pads one on one we will be able to see if Cappa has what it takes to start this year. However, what most are missing is Licht watched Cappa in practice at the Senior Bowl going up against top SEC, Big Ten, and ACC Defensive All Stars and saw what Cappa did there and Cappa continued it on the field too in the Senior Bowl. Don’t count him out. We also now know he is also a smart quick study who can master both our RG and RT positions during our practices and will listen and learn from his Coaches.