LB Black will keep the helmet transmitter instead of rookie Foster
The Bucs figured rookie middle linebacker Mason Foster already had so much on his mind, he didn't need another voice in his head.
So strong side linebacker Quincy Black will continue to wear the helmet transmitter to receive defensive plays from linebackers coach Joe Baker.
Another plus is that unlike Foster, who plays only in the Bucs' base defense, Black never comes off the field.
Black called the plays in the huddle during Friday's 25-0 preseason win at Kanasas City. But while Black was the only player to speak in the defensive huddle, he said Foster still was responsible for adjusting the formations and checking to another defense.
“It was interesting. It was fun,' Black said. "I’ve never had anybody talk in my head before during the game. But at the same time, it cuts off when (the play clock) gets down to 15 seconds and you’re playing football at that point. They were just relaying the calls to me. We can do it with hand signals, really. But it’s one of those deals where you take advantage of the technology because it’s there.''
Bucs coach Raheem Morris said the decision to have Black wear the helmet communicator helped both players. It was one less thing for Foster to worry about and Black didn't have to look to the sideline on third down for defensive signals.
“It actually worked out better for (Black), not having to worry about getting the call from the sideline and just going out there and playing fast and physical,'' Morris said. "It was less of taking something off (Foster’s) plate and more about who is the smarter guy to use to call the signals because he’s out there every single down.''
Black said he likes being one of the Bucs' linebackers counted on to play every down.
““I can do a lot of different things,'' Black said. "I never pigeonholed myself to be this one particular guy. I’m never going to do that. I’m a linebacker.''