Interesting Comments From DavidApril 9th, 2014
With the possible exception of Gerald McCoy, there is not a better Bucs player than linebacker Lavonte David. It is borderline criminal how he doesn’t get awarded NFL honors that lesser linebackers receive.
The fact David isn’t considered by his own brethren in the NFL to be elite — had the Pro Bowl been determined only by fans’ and coaches’ votes, David would have been eating pineapple — just goes to show how a bad team can drag down its players’ image and reputation.
So it was a bit interesting to Joe that David, in so many words, did not throw any bouquets of flowers to his former coaches and Bucs former commander Greg Schiano when David talked about coaching styles and team demeanor with the local pen and mic club yesterday.
“Me personally, I’m not a rah-rah guy,” David said. “Everybody staying calm and everybody keeping their composure, it can turn over to the field where you have a situation where the crowd’s going crazy and something bad happens and everybody’s keeping their composure on the sidelines. That builds more confidence to overcome (adversity).”
Schiano is every bit a rah-rah kind of guy but was David talking about Schiano or was he talking about his former college coach (Bo Pelini at Nebraska) or both?
In fact, it was under Pelini that David flourished from a juco transfer into a top-tier college stud linebacker, and it was under Schiano that David quickly blossomed into arguably the best outside linebacker in the NFL.
Pelini, for those unaware, is a borderline madman who has been reprimanded by the Big Ten conference and admonished by the Nebraska chancellor for his behavior and is notorious for unloading on Cornhuskers fans.
David’s defensive coordinator at Nebraska, Carl Pelini (brother of Bo) may be even more of a maniac than Schiano and Bo Pelini combined.
So Joe wonders if playing for in-your-face coaches is actually good for David, despite not being a rah-rah guy, or if David is just weary of all the hollering and drama at practice and in games, and is longing for a coach like Lovie Smith who doesn’t talk as if the veins is his neck are bout to burst?