Lavonte David Should Be A Pro BowlerDecember 23rd, 2012
One reason the Bucs had a prayer of winning this game despite four Josh Freeman interceptions (!) was the play of the defense. In particular, the play of Lavonte David.
It seemed like David, the rookie linebacker from Nebraska who calls the defensive plays, was spying underrated Rams running back Steven Jackson.
That’s a heavy workload. Jackson, who has run for over 1,000 yards each of the last eight years in St. Louis, and who incredibly has yet to play on winning team, was held to 81 yards today, largely due to David.
Sure, Jackson did get off on a 19-yard run, his longest of the afternoon, but he did little else. Oh, Jackson had room to run. There were holes for him to run through on occasion, but those holes quickly evaporated when David, who led the Bucs with nine tackles, came shooting through.
Yes, it may have been the Bucs best defensive effort of the season. A large part of the credit goes to David for all but shutting a stud running back down for the day.