Robert Ayres believed in the Buccaneers long before he joined the team. He always believed Tampa, as a whole, was teetering on the cusp of greatness. Now that he is a part of the Bucs defense, he feels Tampa’s talent will compete, especially on the defense, and kick anyone’s a$$!! “I feel like we can compete. I’m not just saying that because I’m here now, but from the outside looking in, I always thought, ‘Tampa man, they’re right there.’ We’ve got some guys. The big three on offense, one of the best defensive tackles in the game with Gerald ; Clinton, who’s been an underrated dog; Jacquies, who got hurt last year but talking about pass rush, that guy was beasting until he got hurt. Noah can play. Howard is super fast out there. Kourtnei Brown, Akeem. There’s some talent, man. We’ve just got to do what we need to do, work to get better and I feel like we can kick anybody’s a***.
At the beginning of the off-season, Ayers believed that Tampa’s defense was “terrible” and that’s understandable considering the fact the defense had to learn a whole new scheme under Mike Smith. But now, he believes they are less “terrible” and will continue to get better. “We’re a little less terrible. We’re getting better, and that’s all we can ask for. We’re trying to get to the end of the tunnel, so each day is a day to get better, a day to prepare, a day for me and my guys to get to know each other better and grow as a unit and build a chemistry. The reason I say we’re terrible is because we’re not where we need to be. So for me, it’s 100 percent or nothing, and if you’re not 100 percent, you’re terrible. You’re either first or you’re last. And right now, we’re not where we want to be, and that’s why I say we’re terrible. I want to get to the big game, I want to win and that’s all I care about. So until we win, we’re terrible.”
Ayers had nine sacks in twelve games last season, with the Giants, and can play just about any position on the defensive line. That is a major asset for the team that was lacking in some of those areas, last year. Ayers believes he will make an impact where ever he plays on the line, but of course, where he plays will be left up to coach Smith.“It’s just a matter of showing coach what I can do and him seeing what we all can do and then it’s up to coach to figure out which is the better situation.”
It is refreshing to have an outside perspective of the team, although, he is a member of the team now, he has played for a rising defensive powerhouse in Denver, and performed well on a Giants defense that was similarly ranked as Tampa’s defense was last year.