The First LinebackerDecember 10th, 2013
Joe is starting to run out of superlatives when discussing “Flash” Lavonte David. What cannot the man do? The second-year Bucs linebacker tackles, sacks quarterbacks, buries running backs in the end zone, picks passes off and drills people.
The guy damned near is the second coming of Derrick Brooks. He is virtually everywhere on the field.
It is getting to the point where Joe thinks he can catch passes out of a red zone offense. Why would that surprise anyone?
Well, with his two interceptions Sunday, David reached a feat that no other NFL linebacker has reached in recent decades. Since sacks began being charted as an official NFL stat, no NFL linebacker has recorded at least six sacks and five interceptions in the same season.
That’s what David has with three games to play.
In fact, there are but four NFL players to reach that mark, aside from David, the remaining three are all defensive backs, safety Dave Duerson (1986), safety Rodney Harrison (2000), and cornerback Shawn Springs (2004).
Joe pays scant attention to the Pro Bowl. He may pay more attention to the cheerleaders than whoever makes the game. But if David is not in the Pro Bowl this winter, then the exhibition is about as worthless as Myron Lewis.