Good Life After Tampa

November 9th, 2018

Redskins captain

While the Bucs defense is among the very worst in NFL history (that’s not hyperbole), two former Bucs are the heart and soul of the top-10 Redskins defense coming to Tampa on Sunday (that’s not hyperbole, either).

The captain of the Redskins defense? Linebacker Mason Foster, a 2011 third-round pick of former Bucs rock star GM Mark Dominik.

Foster, 29, played the 2014 season in Lovie Smith’s garbage defense before he was launched and landed in Washington. This has been his best season. Per, Foster has the 10th-most tackles in the league in 2018.

The other ex-Buc beast in the Skins’ defense is safety D.J. Swearinger, who lasted half a season in Tampa after arriving in 2015. Hard-hitting Swearinger is known as the spiritual leader of the Washington defense and he has four interceptions this season. He signed a fat contract with the Skins to start the 2017 campaign.

Just imagine if Swearinger was still in town along with Seahawks stud safety Bradley McDougald, another Bucs castoff.

It’s so hard to ignore the Bucs who move on from Tampa Bay and thrive.

More Derrick Brooks talking Bucs is always a good thing, especially when he’s doing it with Ira Kaufman, esteemed columnist.

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37 Responses to “Good Life After Tampa”

  1. PolkFan Says:

    Just mentioned swearinger last night insane. Kwon will be the next player to leave and turn into a top 5 mlb

  2. Booda Says:

    Another fine example of bad evaluating .

  3. El Buco Realisto Says:

    Hmmm sounds like he is a good fit in the 3-4 defense!!!!! Come on Joe and sheep!!!! We can’t run that defense because it would waste the supposedly great GMC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  4. Bucsfanman Says:

    Foster was just average here in TB and Swearinger was not impressive. Of the three, McDougald was the biggest loss.
    After seeing Kwon play, Mason doesn’t sound so bad.

  5. joestang Says:

    Both Foster and Swearinger sucked with Tampa. I dont blame Tampa for letting them go. They are average at best. Things would be no different if we had those 2 guys.

  6. SteelStudBuc Says:

    Must be coaching then.

  7. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Berlin-lovin’ ex-GM Mark Dominik took my breath away for some bad draft picks and free agent signings, but there were no more words when he and his players were sent packin’ on the Metro.

  8. doolnutts Says:

    El Buco Realisto — Sheep? Or actually, have football knowledge? Mason Foster was a very versatile LB coming out of college. He routinely played OLD and MLB throughout his entire college career. When the bucs got a hold of him we also experimented with both options.

    As for our defense now… Yes, it is unlikely that McCoy would be suited for a 34 D but he is not the only player. Giants TRADED JPP because they just switched to a 34 alignment. Our best player on pace for 14-16 sacks would immediately not fit this scheme. LVD, Curry also would likely not fit this new alignment. It is well known LVD is a smaller but very fast OLB. Trying to stick him in the middle of a 34 or as an outside DE/OLB would be suicide.

  9. DBS Says:

    So if they all are all doing goog now what exactly does that say about the coaching in Tampa or how players are used?. Thanks Glazers.You do suck at getting the right people in to run this joke of a team.

  10. bucsnole Says:

    With the team culture we have around here its no wonder players loaf and not give 100% – only to go play better somewhere else

  11. Dewey Selmon Says:

    It’s the change in regimes every couple years. New coaches want their players and many good players get jettisoned for that reason alone.

  12. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Didn’t Foster sign with the Bears after Tampa, and then moved to the Skins? It appears that Tampa is none other than a launching pad for players that sign to get a little experience. Then when they’re ready to move onto a larger market team they just play like hot garbage and get their wish. We see this all the time. It’s the same reason the Bucs have a historically difficult time signing top quality FA. Nobody really wants to come here unless they #1 want to get that huge last payday, #2 it’s the last team left #3 have run out of other options. Looks like LVD and several players are secretly playing their way out of Tampa now. Only to leave and then reemerge as an ex-Buc playing again at a pro bowl level for another team.

  13. BringBucsBack Says:

    Dr Stroud, well played sir!

    However, “Words” was performed by Missing Persons, or am I reading too much into what you have written? Either way; well-done!

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers; America’s farm team!

  14. Eric Says:

    We never wait for a guy to develop.

  15. BringBucsBack Says:

    Does anyone else remember Foster getting trucked at the goal line by our current back up, 3rd-down-specialist, running back, when he was playing for the Dixie chicks? I didn’t hate Foster; just another of many lost early-round picks.

    Swearinger was good before coming to Tampa and he is good now that he’s gone!? Coincidence? I think not!

  16. Easy Says:

    Foster was better at tackling than Kwon but his coverage skills were horrible.

  17. Reality-is-a-Beotch Says:

    Bucsfanman Says:
    November 9th, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Foster was just average here in TB and Swearinger was not impressive. Of the three, McDougald was the biggest loss.
    After seeing Kwon play, Mason doesn’t sound so bad.

    they were just average here because the organization has no clue how to get the best out of anyone from the front office tot he janitor…. this franchise is the issue no the players not the coaches. there is ZERO leadership in one buc circust tent. no direction. No clue

  18. Getaclue Says:

    That return though

  19. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Still can’t believe we let McDougald go

  20. Kansas95Buc Says:

    the list of players who leave us and go on to have a nice career is mind boggling. @Reality is right, the coaches are simply not getting the best out of our players and its happening now

  21. Mike Johnson Says:

    Nothing new here. There are a..Plethera of players who have moved on from the Bucs and done well with other teams. PLETHERA! Some even played the QB position and won Superbowls. More than one or 2.

  22. Frank Pillow Says:

    COACHING. COACHING. COACHING. Save, a few specific position coaches here/there (including Monken), overall, our last 3 coaching staffs haven’t exactly inspired a ton of confidence.

  23. LakeLand Says:

    Dakota Watson had 1.5 Sacks last week
    Akeem Spence had 2.0 Sacks last week
    Adrian Clayborn has 2.5 Sacks oi the last 3 games

  24. TOM Says:

    It all has to be the coaching & the lack of evaluating players. Otherwise some of those players would still be here.

  25. Bucsfanman Says:

    RiaB- It ‘s hard to argue that point, given the results on the field.

    SEMPER FI to all my Marine brothers. Tomorrow is the Marine Corps birthday..”back in 1775, my Marine Corps came alive…”

    Happy early Veterans Day to all my veteran brothers!

  26. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Both GMC and Vea have to get more push up the middle. GMC trying is to use his quick getoff and stunts most the time. I thought one of things Buckner would do is get demand some bull rushes also from GMC. Everybody knows this move and they let him go and push him out of the play too often. IMo that’s why Spence is not on the field, He also relies on the speed rush and needs to add a bull rush in pass rushing technique.

  27. Jonny Says:

    Bradley McDougald was a damn good player that improved with time playing for us. He was another Michael Bennett that we identified in the dirt and helped him play like a pro, only to let him go. The same time we held onto Conte.

  28. Rod Munch Says:

    Fun fact: having a young and promising Foster at MLB is why the Bucs skipped on taking Luke.

  29. Eastsidebuc Says:

    Jaboo Winston will be next on the list of bucs who balled when they left. SMDH!!!

  30. Jameis Almighty! Says:

    Jason Licht can’t evaluate talent… it’s blatantly obvious. Him and Matt Millen are the 2 worst GMs of the modern era of NFL football. There is no Licht at the end of the tunnel with Jason as GM. Fire Licht!!!

  31. GrafikDetail Says:

    If fans have their wishes… Winston will be the next former Bucs to go to another team and be successful… when you’re a franchise like the Steelers & Patriots you can let go of players whenever you like… any player that has shown potential, the Bucs should keep & not move on until they’re 100% sure they have a better replacement…

    this is a pattern of letting players go & they turn into serviceable starters while the Bucs are still weak at that same position… it usually isn’t the player it’s the coaching & development

  32. Owlykat Says:

    The King Failure at Development of Players is Warhop!

  33. Dominican Bucs Fan Says:

    Trade GMac and Lavonte for a couple of 4th RDs. Trade JPP for a 3rd RD. Go get the best 3-4 ILB, OLB and CB out there in Free Agency and the Draft. Turn this thing around with a 3-4 scheme and let them grow. Be realistic, we don’t have a real chance for two or three more years in this division. Turn this bad team over.

  34. Architek Says:

    Coaching and culture. Glazers are part of the problem as well.

  35. Bobby B Says:

    If they were here we’d still suck on defense

  36. Squirrel Says:

    The Bucs make it to the Superbowl 1 player at a time!!

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