“I Hope They Stick With Him”

November 12th, 2018


Redskins linebacker Mason Foster is the fifth-leading tackler in the NFL this season and captain of the Washington defense.

The 2011 Bucs third-round pick still loves Tampa (kept his house here) and had a strong message directed at the Tampa Bay front office after yesterday’s game.

Before talking to Adrian Peterson about Jameis Winston, Joe chatted solo with Foster, who spent four seasons with the Bucs under three head coaches.

First, Foster has no hard feelings toward the Bucs for letting him go after the 2014 season. He was battling multiple injury issues at the time, Foster said, and he didn’t blame Lovie Smith and Jason Licht for moving on.

Foster, 29. has been with Washington ever since, first in a part-time role in 2015, and then he had a breakthrough season in 2016.

Tampa is an offseason home for Foster, who said he trained quite a bit with Ali Marpet early this year. He remains close with Lavonte David and has gotten to know other Bucs that arrived after he left.

Ironically, Foster is a big fan of the guy who replaced him, Kwon Alexander. He said he’s not a friend of Kwon but he admires him on film.

“I hope they stick with him,” Foster said of the Bucs’ looming front office decision on Kwon, who will be a free agent after the season. “The way Kwon plays, and the things I hear about him, that’s a special young player. It’s a shame what happened to [his knee] at 24 years old but you’ll know he’ll make it all the way back. He’s young. The league is tough but you hope any team, not just the Bucs, would do what they can to keep a committed guy that plays with a lot of heart.”

Good to catch up with Foster.

On a fun note, Joe asked Foster about playing for Greg Schiano versus other coaches. Foster gave Joe a response that Joe has heard from other players who didn’t have issues with the militant former head coach. “Be disciplined and be physical, that’s it. He was easy to play for if you’re that kind of player.”

36 Responses to ““I Hope They Stick With Him””

  1. Troy Says:

    Love the Schiano stuff. Guy got ran out of town for a crap coach who’s working on getting fired from U of I.

  2. BuccaneerByBirth Says:

    I want to keep him, but if he wants $10M a year, no thanks. Not a starting RB in this league he can cover.

  3. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Just comes down to the new staff. I don’t give a f**k what they do to the roster honestly. There is no obvious player at this point to me that I’m tied to. I have no idea who’s good or terrible anymore when it comes to the sad souls passing through this franchise on that side of the ball.

    I want McCoy gone. Even if this culture sh1t isn’t his fault. At least then we can stop wondering if that’s a big part of what’s been wrong.

  4. tmaxcon Says:

    Of course, he has NO hard feelings for getting parole from the black hole that is tampa bay buccaneer football. he is ecstatic he was let go from this circus we follow.

  5. pelbuc Says:

    Sign him to a one year prove it deal. Bucs need to replace lots of players on defense and draft a QB as well.

  6. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Schiano had this team rolling in right direction aside from the qb who had issues in s tampa and ice cream mccoy and the mrsa, then the bucs went soft ever since

  7. Not there yet Says:

    Can’t keep kwon and Lavonte one of them needs to go. Get rid of the old guy and put kwon back at the spot he played in college bye Geraldine and Lavonte

  8. 813bucboi Says:

    yeah hope we resign him…..

    KRIS RICHARD 4 HC!!!!!!!!!


  9. tmaxcon Says:

    Dusthty Rhothdes Says:
    November 12th, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Schiano had this team rolling in right direction aside from the qb who had issues in s tampa and ice cream mccoy and the mrsa, then the bucs went soft ever since

    I am 100% convinced that the crying clown and his sidekick, who ironically has not played for crap since Schiano left ran crying to the Glazers about big meanie toes on the line. Glazers being spineless caved. Ran him out of town for big softie and the family plan…. bottom line is a franchise actually has to try to be this bad.

  10. DB55 Says:

    Kwon is not a mlb they should move him to safety like I said when he was drafted. Did you see the size of Anderson and Foster yesterday? Yuge!

    Teflon Kwon is no mlb.

  11. LakeLand Says:

    I seriously doubt that Kwon want to re-sign with the Bucs

  12. teacherman777 Says:

    Schianos drafts were solid.

    Gholston and Akeem Spence -4th rounders- still in the league.
    Steven Means- 5th round pick. Still in the league.
    Glennon- 3rd round QB- still in the league. Unlike Ponder, Manzuel, and many other 1st round QBs.

    Schiano knows how to develop players. Facts!

  13. Erik w/ Clean Athletics Says:

    I gotta be honest.

    One of the biggest mistakes this franchise has made in recent years was firing Schiano 1 season too early.


  14. SOEbuc Says:

    Unless Kwon’s asking for a gigantic bag of cash, keep him and trade LVD and get LB Josh Allen (Kentucky) in the first round.

  15. doolnutts Says:

    teacherman777 — I tend to agree. Never understood why the Glazers would higher the HC from Rutgers only to give him a few seasons. Did they really expect playoffs that quickly from a lower tier D1 school? Anyways I include Revis as part of the draft being that we gave up a 1rst and 3rd for him. Schiano was ran out of town before getting to see how that would of looked long term. AS we all know the brilliance of Lovie cut him the following season…

  16. Mike Johnson Says:

    So many players have left the Bucs and done well. This organization is snakebit.
    Bring in Dungy as GM and Arians as HC. If we don’t start getting some serious football minds in here, The Bucs franchise is going to go down as the Worst in NFL history. Even worse than the Browns..who won Sunday. And how bout Mariotta and the Titans. Another average QB being carefully coached and brought along slowly. He’s gonna breakout in a couple of years..Not having to throw Bombs..all game long like Jameis.

  17. LakeLand Says:

    The Bucs fired Greg Schiano because he was DUMB

    He ran a Doug Martin 319 times
    Ran him into the ground

    But you have a big bruiser on the bench, with a clean uniform
    LeGarrette Blount 41 carries

    They shouldn’t have hired the Sicko in the first place

  18. 813bucboi Says:


    josh allen is a best but we need a DE, DT, G or T with that 1st round pick…..top 5 may be too high for allen anyways….most likely thats where we’ll be picking…

    i want ed oliver or baby bosa with our first pick…..hopefully rashard gary slips to the 2nd and we grab him…..bye bye GMC and gholston


  19. Cobraboy Says:

    @DB55: Alexander is more of a Sam than Mike. I’d be OK with releasing/trading David and putting Alexander at Sam.

  20. Defense Rules Says:

    @Not There Yet … “Can’t keep kwon and Lavonte one of them needs to go.” Spot on … and you’re right: keep the young guy (at a reasonable contract), move him to LVD’s spot, then move Beckwith to MLB & draft another LB (Lynch, Taylor & Cichy may be OK as backups, but they’re NOT starter material). Different story though IF LVD wants to renegotiate his contract (to about half of what it is). He’s getting paid way too much $$$ for his level of performance on the field. GMC the same … his level of performance lately in no way warrants the contract that he’s got. Pay cut or the highway.

  21. Defense Rules Says:

    @Lakeland … “I seriously doubt that Kwon want to re-sign with the Bucs.” And I seriously doubt that other teams will be lining up to sign a guy to a big payday who’s just coming off of major knee problems. Now in the Bucs case, we do that every day, so it’d be no big deal.

  22. ATLBucsfan Says:

    “He was easy to play for if you’re that kind of player.” Always felt that was the problem Schiano had…not enough of these type of players and not given enough time to recruit them either!

  23. Pickgrin Says:

    Wow – you know the ride is getting bumpy when multiple posters are feeling nostalgic about Schiano’s disastrous 23 month tenure…

    That’s akin to being in a drunk conversation with another longtime fan and popping off with – “yaknow – Richard Williamson never got a fair shake as a HC – I thought he really had this team headed in the right direction at one point…”

  24. tmaxcon Says:


    schiano’s teams were the last ones to play with heart.. that can’t be denied.

    so how did all that delusional optimism you were spouting off about all offseason… bucs are right where those of us with half a brains thought they would be…. buccaneers cove the nfc south basement… this organization sucks and has not one thing to look forward to in the future. all the pie in the sky optimism in the world can’t fix zero leadership and low standards.

    and just like i predicted once jpp turned up his game the cryin clown curled up and quit.

  25. OneBuc55 Says:


    I wouldn’t care if our first 2 picks in next year’s draft is offensive linemen…the right side of our oline is garbage…

  26. Owlykat Says:

    Shiano is the idiot that gave LaGarret Blount to his good Buddy Patriot Coach who won Super Bowls thanks to the hard running of Blount. The Bucs could have been using his services all these years. Schiano thought Albatross Glennon was a Super Star QB. How did he work out for the Bears? He was a complete bust. And Schiano had to give up many millions of dollars for the top CB in the NFL just to get his defense to the middle of the pack results. His overall win rate sucked too! No way we ever want Schiano back!

  27. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Has anybody heard even a whisper of Schiano being considered for an NFL head coaching position?

    How about a good college job? I thought he would use that OSU position to jump back to college ball where he’s much better suited.

    I remember last year when Schiano went on the record and claimed the athletes on the Buckeyes DL last year were all better than any he coached in the NFL!!! Really?

    And so Mayfield comes in to the Buckeyes house with his Sooners and just blew Schiano’s defense off the field…wiped the sidelines with them. And this is the best Schiano could manage with a college line better than the athletes he coached with the Bucs.

  28. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    Wow I remember having many a heated debate on here as I was defending Schiano to some of the posters here. I think the mob mentality that too many people fell victim to (as well as a “guilty until proven innocent” mindset…where is that proof shoring Schiano leaked Freeman’s medical records? Hmm…I guess we’ll never know?) did Schiano in. Not that it matters now as it’s anciegt history, but I’m glad to see some fans have come around to see that trying to get a frat house culture football team (Rah years) to become more disciplined professionals in practice habits really isn’t a bad thing. Some players may have hated it, but success at the NFL level often comes down to preparation and attention to details (see Patriot way)

  29. Pickgrin Says:

    Schiano was allegedly going to be the HC at Tennessee – until the fans and boosters caught wind of it – and en mass publicly said – “Oh HELL NO!!!” – after which the offer was quickly rescinded…. LOL

  30. 813bucboi Says:


    i wouldnt mind that either…..a T 1st round and G 2nd round….or vice versa


  31. ManzielMadness Says:

    Don’t know many of the head coaching candidates so I won’t name names. I do know that Andy reid seems to pump out some quality coaches, wouldn’t mind taking a look at a couple of his guys.

  32. ManzielMadness Says:

    However GM needs to be replaced first… 5 years and the offense is mediocre and the defense is trash.

  33. D1 Says:


    The Tennessee students protested against hiring schiano because of the Penn state incident.

    I ran into Coach Schiano in the TIA airport not too long ago and we talked about the possibility of Him taking another HC job. He’s waiting for the offer to come along , in the mean time Ohio state is a great place to be.

  34. PolkFan Says:

    Raheem was the last good coach we had just to be honest

  35. IE Buc Says:

    Schiano is a great coach. As far as college HC jonbs, he could have had the Oregon job if he wanted it. He chose to stay at OSU and Taggert got it instead. Then everyone knows about how he got screwed at Tennessee.

    Schiano’s biggest problem with the Bucs was that he had the wrong coordinators and that they were trying too hard to be the NY Giants. Sullivan and Sheridan cost Schiano his job. I wish he had fired them midseason. Schiano had the defense fixed. Another year with new coordinators and getting rid of some of those players who had not bought in, and this team would have been a regular playoff team.

  36. Sierra119 Says:

    @ Manzielmadness…get rid of GM first ?…offense is mediocre ? …..are you blind ?. Through 10 games, we have the 3rd most offensive yards in NFL HiSTORY !!!!

    This is a coaching issue, not a GM issue. Firing Licht would be a huge mistake. Be careful what you wish for.