David’s Mind Challenges Bucs’ OffenseJune 25th, 2013
Derrick Brooks already has said Lavonte David is a better linebacker than he was after his first season. “Far ahead” of me is how Brooks described it.
Ronde Barber also has compared David’s football mind and instincts to those of Brooks.
“I look at Lavonte David and I see a young Derrick Brooks, not necessarily how he plays, but just like his instincts and just his knack for football,” Barber said in November. “That was one thing Derrick really had, just kind of a knack for the game. Lavonte’s absolutely shown that in the first part of his career. ”
David’s football brain also pushes the Bucs’ offense intensely, Josh Freeman explained recently on WDAE-AM 620.
Freeman’s point was that David is constantly picking up things during practice plays that the Bucs offense is working to hide, and then David calls defensive adjustments to counter the tip-offs he gets from the offense. Freeman said David is so gifted in this area that Freeman will sometimes watch practice film and can’t pick up on what David is seeing.
Ronde Barber was a master at all that, Freeman said, but the quarterback’s implication was that David takes it a step further.
Joe wonders how much better David can get. Will he get better? The season David had in 2012 was astounding.
Bryan Cox told Joe becoming a superstar means raising the level of those around you, something to look for from David this season.