Duffner Wept When Kwon Was Injured

December 12th, 2018

Lavonte David shared eye-opening, dumbfounding information about the Tampa Bay defense on the Buccaneers Radio Network this week, and he offered more insight, too.

David was chatting about injured Kwon Alexander and how he’s in touch with him daily and how Kwon has remained a tight member of the linebackers corps as he recovers from his torn ACL.

In talking about the loss of Kwon during the Cleveland game in October, David twice noted how promoted defensive coordinator Mark Duffner reacted when Kwon went down midway through that game.

It was Duffner’s first in his new role after the Bucs rightfully launched Mike Smith.

“You could see it when [Kwon] went down, Duff, showing his emotional side came out crying,” David said of Duffner. “He probably won’t be happy with me telling you this, crying. He cares. He’s one of those guys that really cares.”

Very cool nugget. Joe’s enjoyed learning more about Duffner, who saved the defense but is likely to be blown out of town in a few weeks with his head coach.

Joe cried recently, too, when Dirk Koetter went with Ryan Fitzpatrick as his starter against the Giants after he racked up just three points against the Redskins.

22 Responses to “Duffner Wept When Kwon Was Injured”

  1. SteveK Says:

    Duffner is a boss. I wish he had 2018 to implement his D.

    He is a good man, and a true Woody Hayes disciple.

    My old man was at OSU when woody was there, he said Woody would sit in the McDonalds on campus to just hang out and be available to the kids. Woody genuinely cared, too much so to the point he punched an opposing player.

    I agree, Joe, cool to see people “care”. It adds another level of cohesion to “team”.

  2. B Says:

    A coach who cares?

    Who would have thought?

  3. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    No doubt, @B. — Good stuff.

  4. PSLBob Says:

    No kidding on the Giants game. In retrospect, with a Duffner defense and Jameis staring more games, I think we’d be talking playoffs for real. It wouldn’t solve our O-line woes, but it would have at least got us a ticket to the dance, and probably saved Koetter’s job.

  5. Panhandle Buc Says:

    The season was lost when Dirk, buying into Fitzmagic didn’t start Jameis against Chicago which had the unintended consequence of shattering his confidence. The handling of Jameis alone should have him escorted out of the building today.

  6. El Buco Realisto Says:

    If joe cried when the backup started instead of jw3 who play was just about the same??? What will joe do when new coaches are here to fix jw3 and joe and the sheep finally figure out that it was not the coaches that were the problem??? Hold a funeral??????

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

  7. Season Is Over Says:

    What are you talking about? Koetter had no choice but to bench Winston to save the organization the embarrassment and perhaps Winston’s career. Everyone saw it. He was turning the ball over at an unsustainable rate.

  8. nate s Says:

    pay him not winston!

  9. Bucsfanman Says:

    Yeah, poor Jameis. That pesky little suspension and his poor play! How can we ever forgive Koetter(?!!!).
    There’s no crying in football! GMC got ripped apart for crying after being hurt. All of a sudden Duff is “the man”?! For crying?! He should’ve been crying all along with all the missed tackles from Kwon!

  10. 813bucboi Says:


    nawl buddy….

    joe and the real fans will cry tears of joy in 2019 when the new GM & HC come in & take us to the playoffs!!!!!!!!!



  11. Cobraboy Says:

    Koetter SAVED Winston by sitting the guy down.

  12. TOM Says:

    No one knows what Kwon going to be like when he comes back from injury. I think he was slightly above average before he got hurt.

  13. denjoe Says:

    I’ll cry if Koetter and Licht stay.

  14. SOEbuc Says:

    Heard Minter just went on IR. Ridiculos. That sucked when Kwon went down. He was hyped playing some tough defense before he went down.

  15. SOEbuc Says:


    With a LB corp that’s come down to about the 4th string we would be tremendously lucky to have an above average Kwon.

    My boy LVD still my favorite player and still going strong. People were talking about cutting him at the end of the year earlier in the season. Hell no. He’s gonna be going strong till the end of his career.

  16. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Hey Realist, how’s your savior “Mount Vea” doing? Didn’t you tell us drafting him would immediately give us a dominant line?
    Nostradamus you are not, use all the exclamations you want!!!!!
    That doesn’t make your point any more valid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. 813bucboi Says:


    looks like you got a lot of crow to eat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!….LOL!!!!!!!!!

    dont worry, smitty and dirk will help you chow down!!!!!!!!!

    just meet them at the fishing pier 01/01/19 at 11am!!!!!!….you know, right after you help dirk pack his U-HAUL!!!!!!!!!!!


  18. lambchop Says:

    Joe always manages to take a random pot shot at Fitz every chance he gets. If ya boy Winston wasn’t such a loser, none of us would be talking about Fitz.

  19. Bucsfan3 Says:

    More players and coaches with HEART. All those money digging self-absorbed players can take a hike. Adios Desean!

  20. Kansas95Buc Says:

    I dont know about anyone else but the more I hear about Duffner, the more I like the guy. He sound like he really wants the defense to succeed and willing to figure out the problems. Somebody above me said it would’ve been nice to see what Duffner could’ve done with 2018 season, I agree

  21. teacherman777 Says:

    Koetter has done more with his life than any of you toxic trolls.

    His coaching career has been amazing.

    He has worked his way up from the bottom.

    Anybody that celebrates a good man losing his job is sick!

  22. Loyaltotheend Says:

    Real men don’t cry, unless the Bucs win the Super Bowl