Bucs ready to hand defense to rookie

It looks like the Bucs are ready to make a rookie the official quarterback of their defense.

Coach Raheem Morris said that rookie middle linebacker Mason Foster will wear the radio helmet and stay on the field regularly if strongside linebacker Quincy Black can’t play against Atlanta on Sunday. Black has an ankle injury and has missed the first two days of practice this week.

Foster took over play-calling duties after Black left the game against the Vikings with the injury. The Bucs also let Foster stay in on passing downs and he was productive as the team rallied from a 17-0 deficit.

The Bucs are extremely young in their front seven and conventional wisdom says putting such a young defense into the hands of a rookie middle linebacker isn’t a good idea. But the Bucs haven’t followed conventional wisdom in their youth movement.

They consistently have been willing to throw young players into the mix and that formula usually has worked for them.