“What Everybody’s Looking For”December 18th, 2013
Joe was intrigued by what former Jets linebackers coach and front office man Pat Kirwan, of CBS Sports and SiriusXM NFL Radio, had to see about Lavonte David.
Yes, David’s a great player. But Kirwan explained that David is “what everybody’s looking for in the modern game.”
“Because he’s a hybrid player. He’s got safety skills. He was a safety for a while. He doesn’t have to ever come off the field. More importantly, he can line up on slot receivers,” Kirwan said via CBSSports.com. “The guy has six sacks already, so you see he’s a pressure player. He’s’ got five picks, 125 tackles. He is really what everybody wants right now. And he’s a terrific football player.”
Obviously, David was great last season, and his next steps this season were about maintaining consistency (check), improving his numbers (check) and leadership (apparently).
Joe knows attitudes change on a dime in the NFL, but Joe suspects “everybody,” as Kirwan said, was looking for a guy like David when rockstar general manager Mark Dominik drafted him last year with the 58th overall pick. Kudos to the Bucs front office for not being scared away by David’s small size.
David surely will be awarded with a Pro Bowl nod in the coming days, and he’s in the running for defensive player of the year. But that further highlights the urgency at One Buc Palace.
You can’t have undeniably elite young superstars like David, Gerald McCoy and Darrelle Revis on your defense and not be dominant, and not let them win games for you in the playoffs. The Bucs can’t waste their immense talent next season.