On Wednesday, Titans' Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt met with members of the media to discuss the team's game against the Buccaneers on Sunday. At a first glance, Whisenhunt said that three Bucs defenders stood out to him right away – defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and linebackers Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander.
"I'll tell you what stands out for me," Whisenhunt said. "Obviously you've got [Gerald] McCoy – he's a really good football player – and, certainly, [Lavonte] David. They stand out. They've been good players for the team. But I think the way [the defense] plays – they play fast and they move around. I've been impressed with how they play as a unit. So they certainly present issues for you when you're facing them. And that's characteristic of what I've seen of Coach Smith's defenses before."
Whisenhunt added that Alexander, the Bucs' starting middle linebacker, has caught his eye as well.
"They've got a good young linebacker," Whisenhunt said. "Kwon [Alexander] has flashed on the tape, too. They've got some good players, we certainly are aware of that."
McCoy and David were both selected among the top 100 players in the league in NFL Network's Top 100 countdown while Alexander, a fourth-round pick out of LSU, stood out during training camp and the preseason. The rookie claimed the starting inside linebacker job after just one preseason game.
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It appears that Alexander will be calling the Bucs' plays on Sunday, too. Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier said that the team will make an official decision within the next 48 hours, but it seems Alexander's the player that the team will hand the responsibility to.
The Bucs will host the Titans at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday, September 13th at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.