“Finally Just Let It Get Behind Us”

November 26th, 2013

So what really sparked the transformation of the 2013 Bucs? That’s the question every fan wants answered.

Why? What changed?

Superstar linebacker Lavonte David dug deep for answers last night on the Buccaneers Radio Network on WDAE-AM 620.

“Guys just really wanting it. You know, not like they didn’t want it at the beginning of the year. But, you know, we have a great football team. The first eight weeks was tough on us. I think we finally just let it get behind us,” David said. “I think it’s all coming together because that was probably in some of the guys’ heads, you know, all the things going around the program or whatever. But now that blew by. And Coach Schiano did a great job keeping everybody sane, keeping everybody’s faith up, keeping everybody’s confidence up. When you see your leader doin’ that, it just drives you more.”

It was a heartfelt, deliberate and thoughtful take by David. You could almost hear him digging in his brain for answers without using the words “Josh Freeman” and “MRSA” and “line stunts.”

Regardless, Joe’s heard lots of players try and answer this tough question. There is no consensus answer. And, if the Bucs keep winning and playing well, the answer will be rendered meaningless.

11 Responses to ““Finally Just Let It Get Behind Us””

  1. Brian Jones Says:

    A new regime and family was being brought together, and it has officially happened. You best be voted to go to Hawaii this year Lavonte!!

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    LVD…..another player giving Schiano some credit for leadership under dire circumstances….you know….it may actually be true!!!

  3. biff barker Says:

    It’s simply impossible to imagine this team without LVD. It’s more than stellar play too. He makes guys around him better. It’s 100% commitment with him.
    Pineapple…. first team.

  4. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    I’ve voted for LVD several times already for the Pro Bowl. Kid is a beast.

  5. Tim Says:

    GMC and LVD are deserving of the pro bowl this season.

  6. Patrick in VA Says:

    Not to take anything away from Kuekley’s talents, because he’s a stout LB, but the way LVD has assimilated himself into this team and the fact that we got him in the 2nd on top of the fact that he’s playing out of his mind makes him a big feather in Dominick’s cap. I’ve got nothing but great things to say about him. I’m always hesitant to buy a player’s jersey because I’m not sure if they’ll be around for long and we haven’t really had a player that I felt particularly strongly about in a while but I’d be happy to sport #54 around the DMV area

  7. ander Says:

    maybe im biased but i dont care best linebacker in the league right now period.

  8. You Go Joe Says:

    Why do we have to click to read more!!! I understand if it was a huge story but this has 6 paragraphs, each with a sentence or two.


    I was at the eagles game and saw the players walk off the field after the loss and you can see the frustration in their faces. It was the type where you knew and felt instantly that they were fed up. I was expecting an implosing, a Rah type of quitting and so forth but that hasn’t happened…it wont happen at all actually. It is a new time for the bucs a recovering time from the horrible 0-8 start.

    Almost all the errors from the first 8 losses are being improved upon, I SAID ALMOST NOT THAT THEY ALL ARE BEING ADDRESSED. The penalties have calmed down and over all our team is playing smart football. Big plays are being done with out some stupid penalty.

  9. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Taking A Look Back (2012 Draft)

    Greg Cosell @gregcosell 21 Apr 2012
    Asked about NEB David v. NC Brown. Like David more. Even though not big played with a physical toughness that Brown lacked. Quicker reactor

    Greg Cosell @gregcosell 21 Apr 2012
    Really liked LB David on film. Explosive element to his movement. Tough + physical even though not strong + powerful. 4-3 WLB, 3-4 ILB.

    Greg Cosell @gregcosell 21 Apr 2012
    LB David really intriguing. At times an explosive quality to his movement. Quick reactor with burst. Sideline-to-sideline range.

    Greg Cosell @gregcosell 21 Apr 2012
    Bucs really helped defense with Barron + David. Both will start from day 1. 2 excellent players. David an explosive lateral playmaker.

    Greg Cosell @gregcosell 21 Apr 2012
    Player I like more I watch is LB David. Explosive element to movement. Physical despite size. 4-3 WLB or 3-4 ILB like D. Washington/Timmons.

    Was one of the best Draft Parties we’ve every had. You would think that we just one the Super Bowl. Good times..Will never forget those words TAMPA has just traded up. And My wife saying O’shit babe they might get that Linebacker out of Nebraska you been barking about..lol

    Its crazy how everyone was knocking his height/ weight. But how big was Jack Ham
    & Derrick Brooks?

  10. Joe Says:


    You didn’t need Greg Cosell to tell you about Lavonte David. Joe was writing about him in December 2011. Check Joe’s archives.

  11. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Nah Joe,

    I didn’t need neither one of you for that one. He’s just an opinion we both respect.
    I know , you know your shyte !!! Your admiration for Joel Buchsbaum speaks volumes to that credo.