“I Don’t Understand. I Just Don’t Understand.”

October 28th, 2015

LavonteDavidBuccaneers captain Lavonte David painted a troubling picture on Monday night.

Yes, David was very down about the groin-stomp loss in Washington. Who wasn’t? But it seems like David is completely mystified and mentally beaten, despite studying the breakdowns.

“When you walk in a meeting room and you see everybody with, you know, these looks on their faces like, ‘That’s ridiculous for what happened and how it happened.’ You know, it’s not our character,” Lavonte David said on the Buccaneers Radio Network, following breaking down Redskins-Bucs film with teammates and coaches.

“It’s disappointing. This will probably be one of the games that probably will stick with me until I get back to work on Wednesday, to be honest.

“I don’t understand. I just don’t understand. I don’t know. I can’t really put my finger on it. But I might just even go back and analyze film again. See where we broke down at. Figure out what can I do to not allow that to happen ever again.”

What’s disturbing is David didn’t understand what went wrong after collaborating with coaches.

Remember, Lovie Smith said as soon as players and coaches watch game film and see how mistakes can be fixed, then the healing begins quickly.

For some reason, that didn’t take hold with David.

43 Responses to ““I Don’t Understand. I Just Don’t Understand.””

  1. Lue0615 Says:

    Is that shoty defensive scheme

  2. FortMyersDave Says:

    He probably just realized that the coaches have no clue about how pathetic the Bucs look to its fans and the nation in general.. LD just realized that he is considered an embarrassment on account of Lovie. Too bad he does not do anything about it like put together like a killer game vs the ATL offense when all expect Matty Ice to put up huge numbers after seeing what guys like Bortles and Cousins have done to this disgusting mess of a defense that Lovie used to brag about….. LHTG…..

  3. BucTrooper Says:

    You know why it’s so disturbing? Lavonte probably did everything the coaches told him to do and he followed it to the letter and it DIDN’T WORK. That’s why he’s so perplexed.

  4. Couch Fan Says:

    LVD doesnt know how to fix Lovie’s awful defense. Lovie doesnt even know how to fix his awful defense.

  5. BucMania Says:

    Why are these guys waiting till Wednesday to go back to work? I thought they get days off only after a win.

  6. Tom Edrington Says:

    Okay, time to resurrect an inside award I started back at the Trib in the early days of the Buccaneers and now the time is ripe to bring it back……


    Will name the first winner on Monday after the Falcons contest.

  7. Clodhopper Says:

    “it’s not our character”

    Where has he been all these years? That is EXACTLY their character.

  8. Dreambig Says:

    For years I have feared going into half time with a huge lead. It almost never fails that the team who is routing the other team thinks they have won and loses their intensity and the other team comes back. Having said that, Wow!
    What a collapse! To make it worse that Sims play at the end of the game was mind blowing. Jimbo won a national chamionship putting the game in Jameis’s hands. He was the #1 draft pick for that very reason! If the Bucs would have done the same thing, we might be having a different conversation today. This loss goes down 100% to bad coaching. When your coaches lose the eye of the tiger, and go conservative, you are screwed!

  9. DCBUCSFAN Says:

    The onus is not totally on Lovie! Case and point, on one of the Redskins TD’s, a dummy follows the Redskins receiver in motion and lets him waltz in the end zone and score uncontested! What da hell was the purpose of flanking him across the field if you weren’t going to check him, or at least look at him off the line? This defense is academically challenged!

  10. destro44 Says:

    I said it before LVD looked crushed after the last touchdown. It feels to me like any buy in he had in this defense is gone. He doesn’t trust it, wants to know how”he” can fix it. Problem is it isn’t him that needs fixing, but if he tries to cover for others he will be a problem. This defense doesn’t work without trust, and if your best player and captain doesn’t buy in no one will.

  11. BucFanForever Says:

    The problem is for the past 2 years plus 2011 and 2012, teams have been able to throw at will on the bucs.

    Down 24, not a problem
    Need 56 in the first half, not a problem
    Want 35 in almost no time flat, easy

    Dominik and Schiano bought a solution, Lovie got rid of it, and until you can force people to run on the bucs, the other team is only playing against themselves.

  12. The original "Kevin" Says:

    Look how atlanta has turned theyre defense around with minimal roster change. Look how bad our team is with drastic roster change and coaching changes every three years. Its a bucs life

  13. Espo Says:

    Sprinkles are for winners

  14. buc4life1979 Says:

    David is down because he’s being expected to play within this scheme using the instincts of Derrick Brooks…Last time I checked, Lavonte David, IS NOT Derrick Brooks, Dan Quinn would know that, and I’d be willing to bet, he’d have him playing like we all know Lavonte David can, instead of trying to have him play like somebody he’s not…What a F!cking concept huh?

  15. DefenseRules Says:

    Lue0614, BucTrooper and DCBUCSFAN … You all hit the nail(s) on the head. It’s the defensive scheme, it’s the coaching, it’s the players, it’s the lack of trust (and chemistry). It can be fixed I’m confident, but not until coaches and players say ‘Enough is enough’ and stop with the excuses. I know they’re trying hard to fix it, but when the same mistakes keep happening over and over and over again, more than one person has their head up their butt.

  16. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    They come into the facility Monday to watch film of the previous game. They are off on Tuesday. That’s the standard across the NFL. They have to have at least one day off.

  17. "The kevin" Says:

    Maybe these players just aren’t good. Have any of you “geniuses” ever stop and think maybe the players just suck. You can teach and teach and teach but that doesn’t mean they are gonna learn. You all blame every single coach that has been here an at some point you have to realize the players talent level just sucks. Yes lovie picked the players so it’s on him and the players. And shiano and Morris and every other coach. The whole thing just sucks. But stop putting all the blame on the coach. It’s not like he’s coaching hall of famers. The coaches suck the players suck and the owners suck. These stupid players are not exempt from blame.

  18. "The kevin" Says:

    Oh and every show on 620 sucks too.

  19. The Buc Realist Says:

    What can fix Lovie’s defense??? 1 HOF, a couple of pro-bowlers and 1-2 good players away. With overwhelming talent, Lovie’s defense will work ( really any system would with that much talent) . Until then it will not work as the Talent is not good enough to cover up the fundamental holes and Lovie will not adjust to talent because he loves his scheme and has not/will adjust the defense!!!

  20. rjhurst813 Says:

    LVD is just a downhill linebackers, and this year he’s missing tackles. He is a major culprit along with the secondary and d-line. Misdirection, play-action, read-option he and his linebacker mates are faked out of their drawers everytime. It not the scheme is the lack of discipline shown by the players on the field. The coaches need to start benching these fools for dumb penalties and missing assignments.

    I so sick of these LB’s not getting back into their proper drops. We all talked so much crap about Barrett Ruud, but a least he knew his assignments on the field. I much rather give up a seven yard gain, than 19 yards over the middle. I was at the last home win for Gruden’s vs the Saints, and I told a friend that Ruud was 12-15 yards back in his drops as soon as the ball was snapped, I couldn’t believed he covered so much field that fast.

    This defense is designed to force teams to dink and dunk, and if you stop the run on early downs, than you can get after the QB on 3rd and long. This team is giving up chunk plays, and it is no excuse for this.

  21. Tampa Tony Says:

    Good coaches adapt their scheme to fit their talent, and they make adjustments in game to stop the other team. Lovie just doesn’t have that flexibility.

    People blame the players, which is fair, but who is picking the players? This whole defensive mess is Loser Lovie’s fault

  22. CC Says:

    Lovie Smith is a joke. A bad joke for Bucs & Bears fans. The laughing stock for the rest of the NFL tho. In Chicago he demanded a pay raise after the Super Bowl run. Bears management said ok, but we will not resign Rivera and other coaches.Lovie took the money at the expense of his coaching staff. Without Rivera, Lovie did nothing for the next 3 years. He took over defensive play calling only to have Bears management take it back from him the following year.He only had 1 more playoff team before getting fired and that was after he brought in Marinelli when he got canned in Detroit. History says Lovie Smiff the defensive guru, is nothing without a good defensive coordinator. Its as simple as that.

  23. "The kevin" Says:

    The reason lvd looked so defeated in that last play is because he realized HE was out of position and didn’t get to his spot. Yea that’s on lovie right? Can’t fix every single position in one and a half season you idiots. You all blame the scheme like every single play is cover 2. Really shows your complete ignorance and lack of knowledge on football. Is lovie a great coach? Probably not but its gonna take time to build a foundation. And quit blaming lovie when these stupid players that were already here before him do stupid things or doesn’t produce.

  24. ElioT Says:

    I know what happened.

    This defense has no leadership, no testcles, and no killer instinct.

    They’re all an embarrassment to the NFL.

    The Falcons are going to show them how you win football games when they kick the absolute sh*t out of them in Sunday. They’ll see how a real coach with a pulse operates a pro football team, without needing three years to figure it out.

    Simple as that.

    Siege this!

    Go Sucs!

  25. DallasBuc Says:

    Incompetent Lovie Smith makes good defensive players like LVD/GMC mediocre and average players bad. That takes a special talent. Hat tip Lovie!

  26. Red86 Says:

    “You know, it’s not our character,” Lavonte David said

    Yea right! Defense blown multiple wins from Rah to Lovie. These guys are soft. It’s time to move some players and get rid of that funky quitting attitude. These guys lacking the toughness and competitiveness during games. Games like this is a part of this defense character for years!

  27. DallasBuc Says:

    Joes- why are my comments being held up??? I didn’t make fun of your afternoon local sports radio boyfriend or use naughty words. What gives???

  28. passthebuc Says:

    Why are we still having this discussion? Lovie should be gone.

  29. Dovie Smith Says:

    “Well you know what fellas? Lavonte might not know,but I don’t really know either and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. That right there shows that we’re on the same page. As soon as the rest of the team and coaching staff reach that level of continuity,we’ll turn this thing around.Simple as that. I also wanna point out that this next game IS in November,I’ll take your questions…”

  30. Q Says:

    Clodhopper you hit the nail on the head LOL

  31. 911bucs Says:

    “I Don’t Understand. I Just Don’t Understand.”
    Ya me either why this crappy defense is displayed week in and week out. It’s a slap in the face to the fans, players, some of the coaching staff that probably wants to change it and Glazers.

  32. Tampa Tony Says:

    All we heard all off season was how well the d played the last 8-10 weeks last season. If they played so well like some on here claim why the regression under a new coordinator?

  33. Ray Rice Says:

    Hey Beast LVD. You are and have been my favorite player on the team since you were drafted. I’ve always defended you. Yes. Even the dumb a$$ penalty you made on Geno Smith. But enough is enough man. You’ve been FUKN up too much. Hate to put you on blast but you’ve been part of the problem. Doesn’t do any good to lead the team in tackles when they all come after a 6-7 yd gain.

  34. bucrightoff Says:

    The original “Kevin” Says:
    October 28th, 2015 at 8:04 am
    Look how atlanta has turned theyre defense around with minimal roster change. Look how bad our team is with drastic roster change and coaching changes every three years. Its a bucs life

    Yup, this says it all doesn’t it? Atlanta has played a slightly tougher schedule as well and their defense still looks miles better. Quinn is adapting to what he has to make it work. Lovie keeps plugging the square peg into the round hole, hoping one day he can force it through.

  35. rhenry Says:

    LVD looked like he was dropping a loaf at the end of the game Sunday which was fitting since the defense stunk up the place.

  36. Charlie V Says:

    Just another example of terrible, incompetent coaching.

  37. Phil Says:

    The best way to fix the problem is to get rid of the problem which is Lovie.

  38. godzilla13 Says:

    All you have to do is watch the replay of the game to see the confusion in the defense. Players on this team simply do get this scheme. Period. Some players never will. Lavonte David Says, “I Don’t Understand. I Just Don’t Understand.” Really? Let me explain it to you. Mike Jenkins stinks. Johnthan Banks is not 100% and was missing his coverages. Bradley McDougald is a below average Safety. Kwon Alexander is a rookie and a liability in coverage. There is no pass rush because opposing teams simply dink and dunk all the way to the endzone. Danny Lansanah is not the same player and neither are you.

  39. destro44 Says:

    @ thekevin

    You’re right LVD was probably out of position, I would argue every play somebody blows an assignment. How many are blown because someone is trying to cover for a teammate? The issue on defence is there is no buy in, no trust in the system or the teammates. If the defensive captain isn’t bought in why should anyone else be. We have 2 choices, replace the coach or replace the players. Right now our team culture is losing. The smartest thing Dungy did was draft players from winning college teams, they didn’t know how to lose. They expected to win. I recall Sapp saying his motivation wasn’t a love of winning but rather his hatred of losing, that wasn’t an option. This defense doesn’t have any of those players.

  40. Tiny Tim Says:

    @ Destro

    Dungy did not draft Sapp or Brooks. He drafted Marcus Jones, Ronde Barber and Donnie Abraham. None of these schools were known as a powerhouse winning college programs. It does not matter where you from if you can play and you have heart period.

    And to your question of why would others buy in if the captain does not????…………You buy in because you want to win. You buy in because you are paid to. If they are not buying in as you claim then that explains why they look so horrible on defense. How can you blame lovie for his scheme if the players are not playing the assignment as they are told? How do we know Lovie’s scheme does not work? It seems to work in Carolina because they brought in. Lovie needs to bring in guys that will buy in.

    I hope my post did not come through twice fellow posters. Joe wants to hold my submittals for some reason. It is not my fault you allow others to post under my name. Its not my fault that some usernames are blocked as already in use if one tries to sign up as said name while other usernames are up for grabs for someone to use as if its a new username. I am the real Tiny Tim!!!

  41. Jersey Buc Says:

    Lol. What’s crazy is the blame being placed on the scheme. THEY’RE NOT PLAYING THE TAMPA 2!!! They’re not jamming and rerouting the receivers, they’re run fits are a mess so they can’t turn the running back back towards the pursuit, LaVonte can’t roam sideline to sideline because the DT stunting between the guard and center is repeatedly blown off the line of scrimmage, Kwon Alexander refuses to run down the middle and challenge the seam routes because he wants to stay close to the line of scrimmage and deliver highlight hits underneath, and…wait for it…they still don’t have anyone considered to be a threat as a pass rusher off the edge. Teams are not fearful of Smith off the edge, they don’t even have their running backs chip him in pass protection. This is all about bad coaching and just not having enough heart. Talent? We all know the answer to that question. Want to see how it’s down? Check out the guy who really ran Lovie ‘s defense while in Chicago before he was thrown under the bus by Lovie. Kudos to Mr. Rivera in Carolina.

  42. Pick6 Says:

    lavonte’s biggest problem in this scheme from day 1 is he doesn’t trust other people to do their jobs or the coaches to get them to do their jobs. so he is constantly torn between assignment discipline and helping some hopeless soul in the secondary not get punked.

  43. kenny Says:

    Lavonte didn’t just forget how to a beast he is always worried about someone else not doing their job so he true to do it for them that’s why he is frustrated….you don’t ball out for 2 yrs then dissapear he jus knows his help sucks then no passrush Smh qbs have all day to wait for wr to get open