Was Lavonte David Taught The Rules?September 9th, 2013
ProFootballTalk.com guru Mike Florio dug deep into the Lavonte David penalty that cost the Bucs the win yesterday, the Sabby moment that has been debated hotly.
It was a stupid play by David and, per ProFootballTalk.com, it definitely was against the rules.
Per a league source, the NFL’s position on plays of that nature is that, if a guy is running out of bounds, any forceful pushing or shoving will be viewed as unnecessary roughness.
It’s similar to the slide. The player in that situation is giving himself up.
If Smith had been running along the sidelines, he would have been fair game. But he was clearly running out of bounds.
So if, as David said after the game, he believes Smith was in bounds, it shows that David simply doesn’t understand the rules. Yes, Smith was in bounds. But he was going out of bounds, and he shouldn’t have been shoved.
It means that he either hasn’t been taught the rules properly, or that he ignored the information the team provided to him.
Was David taught the rule? Is it possible that the leader of the New Schiano Order didn’t teach the leader of his defense, the playcaller, the rules of the game?
Joe doesn’t know the answer. Regardless, The Bucs displayed undisciplined football from their first offensive series to their final defensive series. The celebrated “culture change” didn’t show up yesterday.