What’s Wrong With Lavonte David?

September 27th, 2015

LavonteDavidLavonte David doesn’t look like the $10-million-a-year linebacker the Bucs made him this summer.

David isn’t playing as well as he did the past couple of years.

The big plays aren’t happening, and he has had too many missed/broken tackles this season, including two ugly ones this afternoon in Houston.

It feels like David has regressed, and it started in August with missed tackles.

Joe is at a loss for words. Lovie Smith was talking about David being a star looking at five sacks and five interceptions this season. So far, David has a goose egg in both categories.

And then there was opening day, when David admitted he was broken mentally by the first snap of the game, a personal foul on Major Wright.

Joe really doesn’t believe David is enjoying his giant new contract and mailing it in.

But something is wrong. Lovie Smith hasn’t figured out how to get the most out of David. And David hasn’t stepped up.

29 Responses to “What’s Wrong With Lavonte David?”

  1. bucrightoff Says:

    He’s neutered in Lovie’s defense. Lovie doesn’t know how to use him, because Lovie can’t adapt to his talent, hence why Revis had to go.

  2. Buc Neckid Says:

    I said it During the game,
    He can’t tackle with all that money in his pockets

  3. Architek Says:

    What’s wrong with the scheme???

  4. MadMax Says:

    Like many do, he got his money and its over now…..and I almost bought his jersey.

  5. Ramon Benitez Says:

    David hasn’t looked the same since Schiano left.

  6. DB55 Says:

    Lovie is LVD problem, simple as that. When conte and Murphy are your def and off leaders you have huge problems.

  7. tmaxcon Says:

    I’ll tell you wantt is wrong with with LVD… Lovie ha taught him how to lose and McCoy has taught him losing is ok as long as you get paid. The reason LVD is not playing up to his level is very simple he is being forced to play a scheme that does not take advantage of his skill set…

  8. The Buc Realist Says:

    LVD is having trouble adjusting to the Passive defense!!! Maybe they can get a buddhist monk to help him!!!

  9. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Its tough because i love LVD. But his criticism has been fair. He isnt making the plays he was last season. He was the best tackler the last 3 years. And he probably has more missed this year,than the rest of his career. I dont know whats changed but i hope my favorite player can get back to his old self.

  10. DB55 Says:

    Gave up 400 yards to a back up qb and RB. Time for that Lovie confidence poll.

  11. DB55 Says:

    I see the ice cream made oops I mean the BEST DT in the league had a huge game again today. His 1 tackle really was a game changer. 139 yards rushing by a backup. Too bad the best DT in the NFL only pass rushes if he he defended the run too.

  12. Joseph Mamma Says:

    Lavonte should pay Greg Schiano half of all that money he got. He’s earned it.

  13. Buc Neckid Says:

    It isn’t scheme
    LVD looks like he forgot how to tackle.

  14. Tampa Tony Says:

    Dude was a stud under Schiano. Under Lovie he’s taken on the passive approach of his coach

  15. TAC Says:

    I went back and looked at the bears d during Lovelys time, they played fast to the ball, created turnovers, etc.

    Ron Rivera got fired as a scapegoat, and Lovely was fired later and went to the basement.

    Rivera has that same d humming along for the Panthers, Lovelys boys look lost. I also expected much better this year. It isn’t, David has regressed in this scheme.

    Don’t get rid of the talent, get rid of the Coach, not sure how patient the glazers will be, but the seat has to be getting warmer, even through glazer eyes.

  16. Buccfan37 Says:

    I didn’t notice any blitzing by the Bucs, Mallett repeatedly had time to find the uncovered receiver. Sickening

  17. Getaclue Says:

    That Alexander int was tipped by lansanah blitzing

  18. Getaclue Says:

    And I hate to say this but he isn’t the same without schiano. if I was offered a high draft pick Id take it while he still has value

  19. Bucamania Says:

    He’s been downright terrible this season. Lavonte is supposed to be a leader and setting the tone out there, meanwhile he’s missing tackles all over the place. LVD has lost his edge. I sure hope he finds it again. Go to work.

  20. LargoBuc Says:

    Insanity. A player doesnt forget how to tackle just because he in a new scheme. Personel wise, the difference between Schiano and Lovies defense isnt that different. There have been many great linebackers to come out of a cover two heavy defense. Now you can argue that Lovie struggles to develop young talent or that his play calling is sub par. But to say he ruined David is wrong and shows how misinformed some people are. But whatever. Beleive what you will. Lovie def needs to step his game up but theres no need to make things up.

  21. tickrdr Says:

    What unit (offense, special teams, or defense) is playing better under Lovie Smith than they did under Greg Schiano???

    Hell, which individual player, anyone, is playing better under Lovie Smith than they did under Greg Schiano???


  22. DCBUCSFAN Says:

    Scheme Scheme Scheme…everybody’s talking about LVD and the scheme he is in. What is the nexus of the old scheme and tackling?

  23. Destinjohnny Says:

    Making 54 soft

  24. Getaclue Says:

    The whole defense is soft starting from the leaders down. After week one mccoy was on 620 saying if they came back and beat the saints on the road then everyone would forget about week one, the problem is that they the players did.schiano and lovies systems are nothing alike one is zone based one is man based one rushes four one blitzes

  25. Bucsfaninchina Says:

    14 tackles is an off-day? Disappointing loss but let’s not go overboard

  26. Jason McLaurin Says:

    Its not David but Lovie Smith refusing to call zone blitz packages and move him around the defense like Schiano did for him to get those numbers. Instead Lovie keeps LVD at the same spot the whole game instead of moving him between the weak side and strong side. Hes playing great actually defensive player of the year great for what Lovie Smith wants from him. He had 14 tackles today and he and Alexander held blue to 100 yards today instead of being record setting which is why I think they should stick with Melton starting atone of the end spots with Jac being a lone speed up front but LVD is getting heated up though

  27. Johnny Dejay Says:

    He looks a step slower than before, maybe his hefty wallet is slowing him down?

  28. Mike B Says:

    We are talking a lot about David. We should be paying attention to the Super Million Dollar Buc Man who is a major dud. Hint. He sometimes plays defense. His last name starts with M….He is not the same. He use to smile and be a leader. Now he looks speechless in interviews as well as the way he looks. Something is wrong with him.

  29. IdahoBucsfan Says:

    He is reflecting the passive attitude of his “coach”. (or should that be “couch”! Lovie has to GO! BRING BACK GREG!