Bonding Delivering For Foster And DavidAugust 23rd, 2014
You want to see one of the greats of the game blow up a running back? Well here’s the video of the crushing Lavonte David viper strike on C.J. Spiller at the Bucs’ 40-yard line this afternoon.
Spiller didn’t know what hit him, and David’s good buddy Mason Foster picked the ball up and rumbled 24 yards.
David told Joe after the game that the play somewhat symbolized the strong connection between him and Foster. The two are close friends.
“The stronger our relationship is off the field it makes it stronger on the field,” David said. “We know how to talk to each other. We know how to relate as plays develop, and as plays go on we talk on the field and tell each other what to expect. It gives us an opportunity to play a little faster and put ourselves in opportunities to make plays.”
Joe can’t argue with the chemistry in the Bucs linebacker corps. Foster and David are doing some special things, as they did for stretches over the past two seasons. The nuanced communication the two have is invaluable and should only get better.
And the Bucs have depth at linebacker, too. Backup Danny Lansanah even stepped in today for punished Jonathan Casillas and didn’t mess a beat.
As for David’s bone-crushing hit, he told Joe it was all business: “Just a reaction, man, just reading my keys playing my assignment and working to the football when the ball is thrown,” David said.