Throughout Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's tenure with the Buccaneers, the team has sought defensive lineman that have the ability to play both defensive end and defensive tackle. Over the past few years the Buccaneers have lost those type of players in Ellis Wyms and Dewayne White.
On Mar. 13 the Buccaneers addressed their need for a swing defensive lineman by signing Marques Douglas, an unrestricted free agent from the San Franscisco 49ers.
The 31-year-old Douglas was a sought after free agent and signed a four-year contract with Tampa Bay. Last Tuesday marked the Buccaneers' first organized team activity of the offseason. Afterwards, Douglas spoke to Pewter Report about his decision to sign with the Buccaneers.
"Well I mean Tampa's going to give me a chance to play my natural thing and play the aggressive style of defense that they're known for. Its kind of reminiscent of what we had in Baltimore," said Douglas. "Whenever you sit down and talk to a guy like Monte Kiffin, the young coach we have Coach Wash it was very easy. They haven't asked me to do anything that I haven't already done in the league. I'm just really enthusiastic to come here and be an asset to the team."
The 6-foot-2, 292-pound Douglas has 19 sacks and six forced fumbles in his career. Douglas has played for New Orleans in addition to Baltimore and San Francisco. For the 49ers, Douglas started 47 of 48 games. Now he is eager to play in the Tampa 2.
"It's going to be great. For a couple years I've been stuck in a two-gap system that was very good to me," said Douglas, who is looking forward to playing in Tampa Bay's one gap scheme. "But I like to be aggressive. I like to play hard most of all. That's what Tampa's all about. You have to be excited about that."
More than anything else Douglas conveyed his desire to be a part of the action in any way that he can. His tenacious attitude and position flexibility are something the Bucs, who notched 33 sacks last season, are hoping will help improve Tampa Bay's pass rush.
"One wise coach once told me that you should learn every spot so if it's time for you to play that position it's not foreign to you," said Douglas. "Defensive end or tackle doesn't matter I just want to be on the field. And if playing tackle puts me on the field sooner: I'm playing tackle. But if playing end is going to keep me on the field then I want to play end. So I'm just here to fit in. "
Douglas, who pronounces his first name like "Marcus," is a veteran that will supply leadership to Tampa Bay's young defensive lineman of Gaines Adams, Greg White, Charles Bennett, and Jovan Haye. While Douglas is a veteran, he expressed looking forward to learning from a fellow Buccaneer.
"[Kevin Carter] is a walking almanac on what you can do and techniques you can do to put you in a position to win, and he's very reminiscent of guy I had in San Francisco — Bryant Young, who meant a lot to me my last three years in the league. I'm just excited to be lining up with [Kevin Carter]."
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