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Bucs think Kwon Alexander’s loss made difference down the stretch

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It wasn’t a coincidence, says head coach Dirk Koetter, that the Tampa Bay Bucs were a 6-6 team with Kwon Alexander last year and 0-4 without him. The Bucs were winless during the last month when Alexander was suspended. “I believe that wasn’t coincidence,” Koetter said. “I believe we missed him a lot. I think Kwon is a big cog in our defense to use your terms. He’s the quarterback – he’s Jameis [Winston] of the defense, so I think…

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How strong will the Bucs’ defense be in their game vs. Saints?

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It sounds like the worst nightmare imagable for the Tampa Bay Bucs. No Lavonte David. No Kwon Alexander. Not much Gerald McCoy. That was what coach Lovie Smith had to work with on Thursday in anticipation of the upcoming game against Drew Brees – the quarterback who has beaten the Bucs more than anyone – and the New Orleans Saints. “I would be concerned if my favorite players aren’t practicing,” Smith said. “If they have been here long enough they…

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Bucs to lose linebacker Kwon Alexander for final 4 games

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The Tampa Bay Bucs will have to compete in their final month of the season without one of their brightest stars. Middle linebacker Kwon Alexander will start serving his suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. Alexander, the only player the Bucs have drafted on defense since coach Lovie Smith took over, had been a starter throughout the season. He has three sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles to go with his 93 tackles. Alexander has blamed his positive test on an…

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Super Bowl? Yes, that’s the Tampa Bay Bucs doing the talking

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A last-second win over a Dallas team with two victories, and Tampa Bay Bucs coach Lovie Smith no longer recognizes a ceiling. Smith, coach of the 4-5 Bucs, talked about reaching the Super Bowl Monday. This year. “We have the goal of beating our next opponent,” said Smith, a day after a 10-6 win over Dallas. “Our goals are to win the NFC South and to win the Super Bowl. We’re relevant. Everything we’ve set out is in front of…

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Bucs’ linebacker Kwon Alexander has fitting memorial for brother

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To many onlookers, rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander may have been saying hello. In reality, he was saying goodbye. A day after younger brother Broderick Taylor was shot and killed back home in Alabama, Alexander led the Bucs to an upset win over Atlanta, only their third victory of the season and their fifth during the past two seasons. Afterward, in a moving scene in the team’s locker room, teammate Logan Mankins presented Alexander with a game ball. “I thought what you…

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Tampa Bay linebacker Kwon Alexander didn’t have a great debut, either

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The rookie of the Tampa Bay Bucs wasn’t good enough, either. Not in his first game. His coaches had hoped he would arrive fully prepared. They were hoping he would make an impact. They would hope his play-calls would be the right ones. No, the subject is not quarterback Jameis Winston. It’s middle linebacker Kwon Alexander. Alexander struggled, too, in his first day in the NFL. Despite all the high hopes, despite the skill set, he was not as good…

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Reasons why Bucs defense could improve start with Kwon Alexander

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Why is a Tampa Bay Bucs‘ fan to believe that his team’s defense will be better this year than last year’s 25th-ranked unit. Easy. Linebacker Kwon Alexander. At least, that’s where defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier starts when he talks about the improvement of the Bucs’ defense, with a fourth-round draft pick who quickly seized the position over free agent Bruce Carter. Last Saturday night, it was Alexander’s open-field tackle of quarterback Josh McCown that left Bucs fans talking. “I think…

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