Players Freaked Over Kwon

October 23rd, 2018

Injury had teammates unnerved.

Joe cannot remember a group of men going mental over an injury unless it was a gruesome thing.

This is not meant in any way, shape or form to mock someone upset by seeing a fellow warrior and teammate go down in the heat of battle. But there is something about the knee injury to Kwon Alexander that seems to suggest his injury may be something more than a blown ACL.

Sunday at the game was an ugly scene. When Kwon went down and was surrounded by Bucs medical staff, players on both the Bucs and the Browns, offensive and defensive players, gathered and many were kneeling on the field. Some had their heads in their hands.

It was both a moving and scary show of support.

The way dozens of players reacted to Kwon going down, Joe thought perhaps this was a gruesome injury, like what happened to Bucs wide receiver Cecil Shorts in San Diego a couple of years ago when he had his knee totally shredded. Joe remembers how upset players were at that. Sunday wasn’t a whole lot different.

Shorts hasn’t played a snap of football since and it appears that injury may have ended his career.

Joe couldn’t help but think maybe Kwon’s injury was like the Joe Theisman injury.

So when Joe saw Kwon walk off the field, Joe figured the injury can’t be that severe. But maybe it is (as if a blown ACL isn’t severe). Joe also saw on social media Kwon signing autographs for fans as he left the stadium. Another sign things weren’t too bad.

After Sunday’s game, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter remarked how flat the team was coming out of the locker for the second half. On Monday, Koetter shed more light on that, basically saying Bucs players were disturbed by Kwon’s injury.

“Our locker room at halftime was extremely emotional,” Koetter said. “Kwon came out of the training room right about the time that we were getting ready to go back on the field, so it was emotional. You could tell that the guys really care. Kwon talked to the team there for a couple minutes right as we were going back on the field.”

Then on Sunday night, Joe noticed on social media an outpouring of words and thoughts from all sorts of Bucs players as well as Miko Grimes. Honestly, Joe cannot remember the last time there was that much public support for a Bucs player after an injury.

Joe sure hopes Kwon’s injury is nothing more than a blown ACL. The way the Bucs reacted sort of hints at something worse — or at least they thought it was something worse.

It also shows how much Bucs players, and Kwon’s fellow armored knights with the Browns, think of the guy.

37 Responses to “Players Freaked Over Kwon”

  1. adam from ny Says:

    on another note, the kicker who replaced matt bryant was lights out for atlanta tonight…

    either he or matt bryant will be available soon enough as they are not going to carry 2 kickers…expect this new guy to get cut soon…

    so there are potential options out there that are sleepers, if catazarro continues to act like nick folk

  2. bucsfaninchina Says:

    As much as I love Kwon and hearing our fanbase take a dump on him for whatever reason, it’s time we look to the future. And our future is Patrick Peterson

  3. danr Says:

    The motion is seconded.

  4. Brad Says:

    It seemed to really inspire that great second half performance.
    Can you find out if McCoy was crying over the injury?

  5. Blackmagic00 Says:

    My favorite Jersey I have says Alexander on the back! I don’t have any old school ones (which I should). Just Winston and kwon. I’m a buc fan since 97 by the way.

  6. Blackmagic00 Says:

    And had a Freeman but, its turnd into a bunch of awesome bucs patches.

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    I don’t get it Joe. Initial reports seemed to indicate that it MIGHT be an ACL tear or it MIGHT be something less. Now all of a sudden it’s a ‘gruesome thing’ that visibly shook up some pretty tough guys on both teams? That’s a pretty dramatic leap in 24 hours.

    Bucs don’t JUST have injuries; too many of our guys seem to suffer SERIOUS injuries. Career-ending or career-threatening injuries. Cecil Short type injuries. Carl Nix type injuries. Cadillac Williams type injuries. Obviously sucks for the team, but much more-so for the player. Rehabbing from a serious injury is tough … been there, done that, like so many others have. BUT rehabbing from a serious injury AND making it back to a physical condition that allows a professional to play at an elite level once again is undoubtedly a LOT harder. Stay strong Kwon & stay focused on what’s important … our hopes & prayers are with ya.

  8. teacherman777 Says:

    Extend him anyway!!

    He has earned it!

    Make him the 7h highest paid MLB in the NFL and be done with it.

    We do not need another hole to fill this offseason.

  9. Mike Says:

    I don’t get it

    I was at the bar out west here in Oregon, about three Irish coffee’s in- for the 10 am kickoff- I saw them all praying- even Reverend McIcecream
    Thought maybe something really terrible too-we all know how these things go-

    Then he just got up and walked off.

    I thought…that was a really damn good prayer! It worked… he got right up

  10. Mike Says:

    Reverend Mc Icecream- AKA the guy from P.M. Dawn

  11. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    First comment beat me to it.

    Kwon was a vocal leader for this team. Who will replace him?

    Maybe JPP can be that guy but I think he is more of a doer than a talker. Lets get that beast Patrick Petersen. Oh and he has returned a kick or two in his day as well.

    Tell me he wouldn’t be another great mentor to these young corners who probably have looked up to him for a while.

    As far as Kwon, man I feel bad for him, but (if he can come back from his injury) I say lets honor his hard work and dedication and sign him to a 1 or 2 year deal 4-5m and let him prove he can stay healthy and earn that big contract.

    Get better man. God bless you.
    Go BUCS!!

  12. SchwiftyBuc Says:

    For as much as I like Kwon, he was still an unfinished product on the field. Still takes too many bad pursuit angles and misses too many tackles.

    Sucks that he got injured before he was able to extend his contract. Give him a 1 year prove it deal. Because he may never be the same kind of player.

  13. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    WHY isn’t this team mentally tough? They should be playing for their fallen team mate, not going ALL mental.

  14. Lunchbox Says:

    Lol PM Dawn. Now I’m picturing Gerald with the big electric blue tent that dude used to wear along with those little tea shades lol. Totally fits!!! He was singing to Kwon “I’d die without you” lol

  15. Lunchbox Says:

    Lol PM Dawn. I picture Gerald wearing that big electric blue tent that dude used to wear and those little tea shades lol. Totally fits!!! Gerald was singing to Keon “I’d die without you” lol

  16. Lunchbox Says:

    Kwon stupid phone

  17. OneBuc55 Says:

    Kwon is a hard worker; hell come back better…

    As for the team in general, if you want to show Kwon how much you care…go out and play each snap with the same passion and effort he displayed…

  18. Not there yet Says:

    Geraldine isn’t the only softie on a his team apparently. Koetter is not a real head coach and he needs to go. I can just imagine him giving everyone a hug to acknowledge their feelings instead of reminding them they are professionals and have to get over and win a game

  19. orlbucfan Says:

    LVD is one of the very quiet guys on this team. He’s a defensive captain voted in by his fellow players. He’s also one of the very best LBers in the league. His position doesn’t call the plays but he’s got the knowledge to do it. He has already stepped up. Now, what’s with Beckwith? Is he coming back or not?

  20. LakeLand Says:

    It seems Carolina and New Orleans are the healthiest teams in this division
    The division is tight, 9-10 games to play
    There’s no room for errors

    1. New Orleans 5-1
    2 Carolina 4-2
    3. Tampa Bay 3-3
    4 Atlanta 3-4

  21. Papa578 Says:

    Scotty, I agree with you. It’s never easy to lose one of your teammates to a season ending injury. However, we see things like injuries, penalties or even bad calls rattle this team.
    From what I can see of pro sports, teams tend to take on the attitude of their coach or manager. Seems to me, you would adapt the “bunker “ mentality and be motivated as heck to overcome whatever the obstacle.

  22. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Papa and Scotty, this is a group of mentally weak players IF this is not some career ending injury, if it is then it is understandable their reaction but if its just a an acl, then WOW and no way should they extend an ok LB with a weak knee, violent game and they get paid like kings to do this.

  23. Frank Pillow Says:

    Kwon was playing his best half of football as a Buccaneer when it looked like his leg popped/jolted when planting and it sent him flying past Mayfield. I can completely understand the concern and appreciate that his teammates recognize his effort and value. Again, I’ve been very hard on Kwon and Lavonte- they’re both better players than they’ve showed over the past year.

  24. Buccernutter Says:

    He’s such a good dude. This sucks for kwon.

  25. Buccernutter Says:

    It was evident that Duff took the leashes off the linebackers this game. They were straight hunting and having a lot of fun. Could have really become an elite season for Kwon. The backers were able to play.

    I just hope the defense can continue playing like they just did cuz the sky is the limit for us if that’s the case. Regardless of what u think about Jameis. Curry beckwith unrein and McCoy returning will be huge

    Oh ya and Carlton Davis is a beast!!!

  26. Anonymous Says:

    Kwon is the man Bucs need to make him one of the highest paid MLB’s in the NFL. Give him the money we need him next year please.

  27. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I’m not sure I understand all the Petersen talk. Yeah he would be a great addition in an area of need but what makes us believe he’s TRULY available?

  28. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Of course, we will all miss Kwon, but I would not underestimate Riley Bullough.
    And now, perhaps he gets his chance ?
    He does not have the speed and athletic ability Of Kwon Alexander, but he is an instinctive player, who was a standout at Michigan State.
    I am glad we brought him back!

  29. Bucamania Says:

    Next man up. Sorry Kwon.

    Need Beckwith back NOW.

  30. rrsrq Says:

    Seriously, we resigned Joe Dirt, was he even on someone’s practice squad. Navarro Bowman is a free agent if we are serious about contending, his leadership alone would be beneficial to this defense, c’mon Jason Licht.

  31. rrsrq Says:

    @SPBucs fan

    Peterson has asked to be traded

  32. Mike Says:

    Joe Dirt is mentally weak-
    Point in case, he cut his locks because he was named joe dirt.
    Now he’s lost his powers

  33. RODNEY J ALLEN Says:

    We dropped riley cuz he got hurt n he rehabbed at least that’s what I thought

  34. Issaic haggins Says:

    Koetter your again exposing your shortfalls and inabilities. Dirk seems to think certain things are t in his control or he gets a pass , Licht it is Dirks responsibility to have the team ready just like Parcells would . Licht it seems you give Dirk way to many passes on his self proclaimed passes , Dirks clearly a coordinator and just not macro enough for a head coach !!! Licht this is where you fail also .

  35. Issaic haggins Says:

    Funny part is the Bucs had Kwon before Kwon , his name was Mark Barron and he was taller , faster , 5 lbs heavier and tackled in traffic better . Just a lil slow for safety . Def not as intense as Kwon Though !!!

  36. adam from ny Says:

    he’s been chillin in tampa awaiting his return…knee deep in dirty poon…joe dirt doin’ the do…

  37. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Great article guys.

    It definitely touches the heart to see how much love the team has for that guy, and I appreciate how much incredible heart & passion that Kwon plays with. We know he sometimes misses plays, but he will be sorely missed. Sending prayers for his recovery.