“I Stand Corrected” On Lavonte DavidJuly 4th, 2014
Lavonte David snubs are becoming as commonplace as Michael Clayton drops.
David has become a Rodney Dangerfield of sorts in some NFL circles.
Joe’s got immense respect for noted NFL analyst Pat Kirwan, the former Bucs scout and Jets linebackers coach under Monte Kiffin who later became a Jets personnel chief. Kirwan’s analysis is insightful as a host on SiriusXM NFL Radio, and the book he authored on Xs and Os was excellent.
But Joe was almost ready to write off Kirwan after he omitted Lavonte David from his recent Top 100 players list for CBSSports.com.
Kirwan, however, was called out on the David omission by colleague Prickly Pete Prisco, and Kirwan was classy and wise enough to admit he screwed up.
“I stand corrected,” Kirwan said of the David snub. Kirwan added he would accept an “F-grade” for his list.
“I didn’t realize the guy had made,in two years, 50 plays behind the line of scrimmage between tackles for loss and sacks,” he said.
It baffles Joe that so many forget David turned in 100+ tackles last year along with six sacks and five interceptions, the first linebacker in history to accomplish those marks in one season.
It’s becoming clear the David’s quiet professionalism is keeping him under the radar. A winning Bucs team — and a top-10 defense — should change that in a hurry.