Bucs' Foster familiar with Eagles' Kelly, Foles
TAMPA -- The Bucs have never faced a Chip Kelly team before, but linebacker Mason Foster knows the first-year Eagles coach -- and his offense, and perhaps his quarterback -- well from his days in the Pac-10 at Washington, facing his Oregon teams.
"He's like an evil genius," Foster said. "I'm a linebacker, and he's always finding ways to get linebackers isolated in space on one of his fast running backs. I look forward to the challenge. It's always exciting to play against a high-powered offense like that."
Foster faced Oregon all four of his years at Washington, and he admitted the final scores were "horrible," giving up an average of 49 points. He had 14 tackles in his final game against the Ducks, and said the experience taught him something that could help the Bucs this week.
"It's definitely tough. It forces you to be on top of everything," he said. "You have to stick to your game plan and try to match their tempo, play at a high speed. ... He's a great coach. He's always going to have something new for you, comes out with different schemes, so you have to be prepared for everything."
What's more, if Eagles starter Michael Vick can't play Sunday, his replacement is former Arizona quarterback Nick Foles, who beat the Bucs as a rookie last season with a last-second touchdown pass. Foster played him in college as well, picking off a fourth-quarter pass that caromed off a receiver's foot and returning it 37 yards for a victory-clinching touchdown.
"He's a great quarterback. May not be the fastest or the strongest, but he's definitely a great leader, makes all the big-time throws," Foster said.
Bucs rookie corner Deveron Carr faced Oregon and Kelly in each of the last four years while he was at Arizona State, and again, the results weren't good -- Oregon scored at least 41 points in each win -- but he now has a familiarity going up against that offense.
"You know it's going to be fast, and they're going to make it as precise as possible," Carr said. "(You must be) never out of align. When you get on the field, you must know your alignment, know your assignment. It's post-swarm whistle: As soon as the ball's down and given to the ref, you need to be back where you're supposed to be. If a corner, if a d-lineman's not where he's supposed to be, they're going to capitalize on it."