Poor Lavonte David

December 10th, 2017

Lavonte David tied a Buccaneers record today, and it’s not for most losses endured by a fantastic starting linebacker.

David recovered his fifth fumble of the season by a Bucs opponent. That ties the record, which had stood for 38 years. Of course, what makes it more remarkable is that David forced the fumble himself, a second after Brent Grimes had a shameful loaf on the first-half play.

It was David’s fifth forced fumble of the season, second most in the NFL.

David finished with a whopping 13 solo tackles, his second double-digit tackle game of the season. He’s been money since returning from his nasty Week 2 ankle sprain.

Gerald McCoy, David, it’s darn shame the Bucs have wasted so many prime years of these guys.

McCoy turns 30 before next season and David turns 28. At this rate, their careers will be trivia answers out of a lost decade of Bucs football.

24 Responses to “Poor Lavonte David”

  1. Howard Cosell Says:

    The linebackers are actually….dare I say it…..good?

    The problem is both lines are very very bad, especially the D-line

  2. tmaxcon Says:

    The careers have already been defined. Not a single meaningful win. McCoy is the undisputed Face of the Basement Years. I truly feel bad for LVD he had to come to such a pathetic organization that could care less about winning.

  3. ShutTheBucUp Says:


  4. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Kwon did not have a good game

  5. Howard Cosell Says:

    Beckwith is good

  6. mike10 Says:

    Oh no! We suck again!

  7. JimmyJack Says:

    Did Grimes loaf on that play? I don’t know I don’t find myself paying full attention to this garbage team anymore………I really don’t even care when we lose anymore. Not going to Ray Jay this year. I will spare myself the embarrassment……But it still counts for me that it will be eight straight seasons that I haven’t witnessed this team win. Another pathetic season.

  8. Howard Cosell Says:

    I had a free pass to the game today and I was at the stadium.

    I went home.

  9. JimmyJack Says:

    And if they aren’t going to blitz they may as well rush 3……..Just a wasted body on the field at this point.

  10. Bculaw Says:

    I’m a fan of our LB Corp., and think they are all talented guys. As much as I like Kwon, though, I have to wonder if we wouldn’t be better off with Beckwith at MLB. It will be interesting to see what the next DC does with this group.

  11. Lakeland Says:

    Why was Lavonte David trying to guard Golden Tate on a crucial 3rd down play with less than 2 minutes left? That was one of the biggest plays of the game. I’m still scratching my head over that.

  12. What in the buc Says:

    When you suck up front it makes everyone else look bad, we have good linebackers our line sucks nuts!

  13. JimmyJack Says:

    THe only silver lining here is that we are one game closer to the offseason. Three more weeks to go guys……..Anybody up for a little Prime Time embarrassment on Monday Night on our way out?

  14. Lakeland Says:

    It wasn’t a 3rd down play, it was 2nd and 15. Golden Tate got 14 yards on the play. That got them into FG territory.

  15. darin Says:

    Ive given up about the lack of blitzing. Mike smith refuses. Makes teams drive the length of the field in hopes of a turnover. Almost worked today. The driving length of field thing doesnt bode well when your defense gives up tbe most 20 plus yard pass plays. The guys defense is a mess. Id rather send 6 every play to force turnovers, not sit back n hope for them. Anyway like i said Ive given up on smith. Doesnt matter how many turnovers they get theyll find a way to lose.

  16. MadMax Says:

    I thought it was 14…..they said 14 on one of the channels I was watching.

  17. JimmyJack Says:

    I started to ask myself the same question Lakeland but quite frankly I don’t even care enough to want to think about for more then two seconds anymore

  18. Vico Says:

    A lot of players have the skills, but they have been constantly let down by the coaching and owners. In a month’s time or so it’s going to be 15 years without a playoff win. I was 15 thinking this team would become a Defensive of nasty defensive play, today I’m 30 realizing how naive I was. Then Gruden did not draft Aaron Rodgers, which looking back kind of justifies his dismissal although the Glazers couldn’t have possibly known it was their last good decision to date. Then Raheem, Freeman, Schiano, Lovie, Martin and now Koetter. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jameis’ case blows up and he gets suspended next season. It’s been a fiasco almost every year. This is a cultural problem, coming from the very top of the organization. They can’t fire themselves though which is a shame.

  19. Lakeland Says:

    Marcus Mariota is the luckiest man alive. He should be counting his blessings that the Bucs didn’t draft him.

  20. Bird Says:

    My man lavonte. Only have his jersey. Feel bad for him.

    Some of these other guys have no heart.

    I almost think beckwith should start mike and use kwon like beckwith at Sam and try to keep kwon on the field if you can. Kwon misses a lot of assignments.

  21. Mike Johnson Says:

    Poor David my A.s! What about me? I lost my football pool at work this week. I got our Bucs loss right though.

  22. RustyRhinos Says:

    Hey Vico, Please tell us how the owner$ let the player$ down, are they playing this game for free? Having them training out back of the YMCA, where these players are staying? Eating breakfast & lunch out at the local BK lounge? I agree with coaching has let the players down. But the owners no. Have the owners made some peculiar decisions? Yes.

    Another fan inspiring effort by Mr. David. His will be my next jersey purchase.
    Go Bucs!

  23. Vico Says:

    RustyRhinos: Bad coaching hires instead of long-term football projects. Don’t get me wrong, Glazers are great owners in other ways.


As a professional I do analyze and evaluate entertainment and sport enterprises and projects. The Glazers bought one of the biggest soccer clubs in the World and they have managed to be very successful in the 12 years as owners, winning important trophies and staying relevant. If you ever heard of Cristiano Ronaldo (most popular sports player on Instagram) is in many ways because of the Glazers. I don’t mean to compare apples an oranges, Manchester United makes so much more money than the Bucs, different stories, different everything. But the way they have managed and profiled their hires in both organizations in the last years (7 for the Bucs, 5 for ManU) is clearly similar. 

    Old Trafford, Manchester United’s stadium is always packed no matter what, they keep attracting good players and almost any coach would give up their actual job to coach there. So why have the Bucs not hired a decent coach since Chucky?


Long-term vision is the difference, in the world of soccer you have a pool of hundreds of capable coaches to hire and maybe 16-20 economically big teams, so in that world mid season bootings are kind of common as competition is merciless. On the other hand you have maybe 50 capable coaches for 32 teams in the NFL, so high rotation is dangerous for everyone.

    Stability and long term projects is what makes pro-football work. First Chucky was given the freedom to experiment, he made some good moves but then he failed to trust young QBs and the team as a whole was unable to substitute aging talent. Ronde Barber, future HOF, was still one of the best defensive players in the def roster the day he retired. Not a good thing. After Chucky, Raheem is the only HC hire of the last 7 years that is still in the NFL. That’s how bad the Glazers’ project look to the rest of the league at least in the Coaching Department. 

    With Mr. Malcolm Glazer, this kind of long term project was clearly stablished, and you could see how for the following 20 years Dungy’s staff has been constantly coaching throughout, with good and bad results, but a lot of them are still in very relevant positions. Tony Dungy is not responsible for the Pittsburgh Steelers relevance or the winless Lions of a few years ago, but because these guys keep getting jobs at least you can say there was another profiling philosophy, which other teams keep considering valuable up to date. IMO Chucky destroyed that philosophy with experimentation and since he left Management hasn’t been able to recover the old ways. So to sum it up, the Glazers have failed to build a long-term project guided by the vortex of the win-now anxiety. Trent Dilfer is still the QB with the most starts in Buccaneers history, let’s see if JW can break that record with a different Head Coach every 2 years…


I love this team, and one of the things I respect the most about it is the up an coming underdog reputation they got in the 90’s, it is the reason I started to love football the way I do. I am not from Tampa or the USA, but I still watch the Super Bowl win over the raiders every now and then and I still get excited as Mr. Glazer lifts the Lombardi trophy. I don’t own or have ran a pro football team and I must be missing a lot of variables that the Glazers have to deal with everyday. I don’t mean any disrespect and I am sorry if that’s what it looked like. I just see a pattern in management that I believe must be pointed out. Go Bucs!

  24. C. Alaka Says:

    LBs are VERY VERY good! Even down to Bond when he gets a chance. That’s why Licht shouldn’t go anywhere. I don’t understand why we can’t find a coach to take care of this talent on this team the right way. We have pieces