Bowers Talks Comeback, Defensive LeadersJanuary 7th, 2013
With three sacks in nine games in limited action, plus a couple of fierce hits on Matt Ryan, DaQuan Bowers left Bucs fans with plenty of hope for the 2013 season.
And even more uplifting was Bowers recently telling the Buccaneers Radio Network that his comeback from a torn Achilles in April was extraordinarily smooth. “No setbacks. No swelling,” Bowers said.
Bowers also dove into discussions of leadership on the Bucs defense that evoked two names: Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David.
The former went out of his way to encourage Bowers regularly during his long comeback.
“[McCoy] would always check on me in the weight room,” Bowers said.
As for David, well, Bowers essentially called him the ultimate Buccaneer Man.
“It’s breathtaking,” Bowers said of David’s on-field performance. “He has that instinct about him. He has that downhill, right-at-you-right-now type of play. You know, that’s hard to find, especially from young guys like ourselves.
“If he sees you with the ball, he’s going directly towards you, right now, he’s not going to wait. And that’s what we need on this team. I think he was a great pick for us last year in the draft. We need more guys like him.
“He doesn’t wear a captain sign, but he’s the captain of our defense. You know, when he talks, nobody is talking. We’re listening to him because he’s going to get us in the right situation. He going to make the calls and the checks and we’re going to go with it. He’s done a great job this year.”
Joe was glad to hear the respect and admiration for David. The Bucs desperately needed a leader at linebacker, and it seems David is already there and surely will evolve into a better one next season.