One Bright Spot To Ugliness

August 17th, 2012

Halloween came in August for Bucs fans and it was no treat at the stadium on Dale Mabry Highway.

The offensive line couldn’t block. The defensive line couldn’t tackle. LeGarrette Blount hurt his knee.

The Titans’ pass rush was such a jailbreak repeatedly that backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky only wished he could make it to the back line of the end zone in order to escape the game in one piece.

But even in the most trying of times, there is a glimmer of light. The Bucs’ linebackers actually played OK. Rookie linebacker Lavonte David actually played really well.

No, he didn’t flash for a pickoff, he didn’t shine on a sack. But he did the little things right.

One example was on a run play by Chris Johnson to the right side. The Bucs linebackers had Johnson bottled up and as Johnson is wont to do to many NFL teams, he was ready to reverse field for a big gain.

But no! As soon as he turned to his left, he was met — rudely, in fact — by David.

On the run play, to the opposite side of the field from David, the Bucs rookie trailed Johnson, filling the gap which is the disciplined thing to do. This prevented Johnson from being able to reverse field.

So when plays of this ugly night creep back into Joe’s memory (Jeremy Trueblood getting routed; Jeremy Zuttah getting abused; Blount’s injury), Joe will also try to remember how well David played in this mess of a game.

3 Responses to “One Bright Spot To Ugliness”

  1. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Agree, David was a bright spot. On defense so was Talib, Barron, Wright, Foster and McCoy. On offense not so much other than Martin and Smith.

  2. Mr Lucky Says:

    I gotta give it to you Joe, you’re trying to make a silk purse from a sows ear.

    Anyone else see that the Patriots signed Jeff Demps yesterday? That Dominik is SUCH a great talent evaluator (heavy sarcasm).

    The only bright spot I saw was that the game was blacked out so the fans didn’t have to watch a continuation of the 2011 Buc slide…..

  3. Adam Says:

    I’m watching the game right now after attending last night. Zuttah looks horrible at center. Called for holding, constantly pushed back, blown by on the strip-sack of Orlovsky. I don’t this Faine has signed with anyone yet. Keep his number handy.