Kwon Alexander finished with 93 tackles in 2015 – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
By most accounts, Bucs’ linebacker Kwon Alexander had a very good rookie season. Second on the team with 93 tackles, and finishing with three sacks and two interceptions, the 2015 fourth round pick from LSU made many Bucs fans stand up and take notice.
Bucs LBs Lavont David & Kwon Alexander, CB Alterraun Verner – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR
But ProFootballFocus.com, an independent service that ranks multiple things from NFL teams, wasn’t as kind to Alexander as his fans, teammates and coaches were.
On Thursday during open locker room, PewterReport.com asked how he responds to the criticism from the outside.
“I just laugh at it, everybody is going to have their own opinion,” Alexander said. “I just go out there and do what I have to do. And it is my job to go out there and make big plays, so I don’t care what other people think.”
Missed tackles was one area that PFF noted as Alexander’s biggest issue in 2015, and despite Alexander saying he didn’t care what others thought, he admitted that was a problem, and one he needed to address in the offseason.
“I did, I really did,” Alexander said. “But that was my rookie year and I was just out there playing, trying to make plays and get my face out there and be there for the team. This year I have been focused on a lot of those things and missed tackles was a big thing. That is one thing I have been focusing on but it is going to change a lot this year.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
Splash plays mean more than missed tackles etc. this kid has the “it” factor. He is the real deal and can’t wait to see him progress next few years. I think LB position for Buc’s is outstanding and exciting. I just hope he stays healthy and no more dumb “mystery” supplements! Go Buc’s!!!
PFF has been dishing it out to the Bucs players for years. Why should this year be any different?
Don’t know how that affected his ‘rating’, but there were a lot more missed tackles than we wanted to see from most of the ‘D’ last year- hope he worked w/ L.D. on that in the off season… Looking forward to a full 16 game season from him this year!
If everybody played like he did, the Bucs would not have finished 6-10 last year.
I didn’t track statistics but I know what I saw with my eyes. The kid is good. Love his attitude. Can’t measure that.
Wow, Bucs getting no respect, nothing new here folks, keep moving along. We all watch the football shows, never much talked about us, and when they do it’s mostly negative. We’re all so tired over it but the only way to change that view of us is to win games. I’m hoping that new day is dawning, and the “experts” choke on it, when they have to start saying we’re the real deal.
Went back and watched some gams from last year. To be honest, I did notice a lot of missed tackles last year. But not many were in the open field which is important. Most of his missed tackles came two or three yards behind the line of scrimmage. At that point even when he missed the tackle, it completely blew up what the offense was trying to do. Who cares if you make a tackle three yards behind the line of scrimmage or if you miss it but give other guys time to get to the guy and make a tackle three yards behind the line of scrimmage. Its still a three yard loss. PFF isn’t a bad rating service, but just like any statistical based thing, there are times when using your eyes is better.
His stats are awesome. From the moment this kid stepped on the field I knew we had a superstar. This guy will be the most feared player on our team for many yrs if he can stay healthy.
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