Lavonte David Eyeing A Personal “Turnaround”

June 13th, 2015

LavontetrainingcampYesterday, Joe shared Lavonte David’s stunning words about Jameis Winston.

But Lavonte had plenty more to say.

The Bucs’ stud linebacker told SiriusXM NFL Radio that he likened last year to his rookie season because of his personal challenge learning Lovie Smith’s defense.

He said adjusting to Greg Schiano’s defense as a 2012 rookie led to his breakout second season, when he had a whopping seven sacks, five interceptions and a safety. David hopes this year will represent the second coming of 2013.

“This year, as I understand the defense more, you know, understand the blitz patterns more, understand the coverages more, maybe I can have that same turnaround,” David said. “I’m just trying to focus on that part. Hopefully, I get back to understanding where I can fit at on a certain type of blitz, that can free me up to sack the quarterback. Then also, back in coverage where I can be in the  correct spot on a passing play where I can get my hands on the football.”

David went on to explain that while focused on fine tuning his knowledge so he can make impact plays — he had zero picks and one sack last year — he maintains a one-day-at-time attitude.

Joe has great respect for David’s approach, but Joe also thinks David is being a little hard on himself. Lovie and Leslie Frazier also need to do a better job maximizing David’s immense talent and speed. That’s the essence of coaching.

13 Responses to “Lavonte David Eyeing A Personal “Turnaround””

  1. ruggyup Says:

    “Lovie and Leslie Frazier also need to do a better job maximizing David’s immense talent and speed. That’s the essence of coaching.” Joe’s best observation of the year so far. True as true can be. Poster material for Bucs coaches chamber!

  2. Ray Rice Says:

    Beast LVD will ball out. No worries there. One thing I don’t get is how Kuechly keeps getting praised my the national media and Beast LVD doesn’t even come close. He’s just as good. That’s bull$hit! Don’t get me started on the pro bowl snubs.

  3. Eric Says:

    He’s a beast!

  4. The original "Kevin" Says:

    If your lovie and you are tanking the swason it makes zero sense to put your star players in a position to succeed. Same reason Glennon was on the bench all year. Same reason they will start glennon this season. Then trade glennon for a second rounder next year and draft some pass rushers. Then start winston next ywar

  5. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    I hate it when coaches tank the swason.

  6. Arealbucsfan Says:

    @ Original Kevin. Doubt we tank this swason

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If we can’t get a rush from our DEs….we need to turn LVD loose…..there is absolutely no way he can be stopped!!!

  8. lovinthecrablegs Says:

    listen kevin if u do not think Winston is going to start this season, I’ve got some ocean front property in Arizona u interested.

  9. SteveK Says:

    Lavonte David is our best player. Love watching number 54 play, such an animal and even smarter.

  10. Buccfan37 Says:

    Lovie came in and changed up the D which tanked David’s sack total. I guess one could make the case Schiano knew how to better utilize LVD’s talent, but I won’t go there like I just did.

  11. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Maybe it was more about ensuring these guys were comfortable with what they were doing on field first. You know learn the scheme before they started deploying elaborate blitz packages. I mean Banks it’s quoted saying “guys are flying around now “. Why

  12. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Because they know what the f@$! they’re doing now.

  13. LakelandBuc Says:

    Lavonte had 19 tackles for losses last season and 4 ff,his sack total and Ints were down because he was learning a new defense, He also had a career high 146 tackles in 14 games,this year will be a lot better as Derrick Brooks says you improve every year in this defense. And Derrick Brooks only got 12.5 sacks in his entire career and 25 INTS, but he got a boat low of tackles that put him in the Hall of Fame.In the Cover 2 you need the Weakside linebacker in coverage most of the time or in the backfield on running plays getting tackles for losses.