Kwon Alexander is a promising young linebacker, but he needs some help on the defensive side of the ball for his Tampa Bay Buccaneers to become a playoff-caliber team.
When asked to comment on the Denver Broncos' victory in Super Bowl 50 during a recent radio interview on 620 WDAE, Alexander identified the defensive end position as Tampa Bay's biggest offseason need.
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We need to get some more guys to, you know, to get some push on the quarterback. I think that's what we're going to be drafting this year, defensive ends. We had great defensive ends this year, but we need a little more help. So whoever we can get, you know, we're going to need that pressure to get Cam [Newton] and, you know, try to get to the Super Bowl this season.
The Buccaneers fielded the NFL's 10th best defense in 2015 (340.4 yards against per game), but they were limited to just 27 sacks. Only three teams recorded fewer sacks, so the stats back up Alexander's assertion that the team needs better pass-rushers.
Although the Buccaneers got 8.5 sacks out of Gerald McCoy from the defensive tackle position, they have to find some fresh personnel to improve on the edge. Doing so could take Tampa Bay's defense to the next level.