“That Was A Sack! That Was A Sack!”

August 2nd, 2016

Lavonte2016A great practice video was released by the Buccaneers that illustrates one challenge of assessing training camp work.

The Bucs are in full pads and Lavonte David is “Mic’d Up” and you can see him blitzing and celebrating a non-sack/sack of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston. (Full video here.)

David fires in up the A-Gap and is met by Joe Hawley. David fights through (was Hawley really going all out after engaging?) and lets up a bit in front of Jameis as the ball released. “That was a sack! That was a sack!” David yelled jubilantly.

However, was it a sack? Does Jameis ditch the ball earlier in real action after recognizing what was an all-out blitz? And in a real game, what does Hawley do as David rolls off initial block?

Regardless, Joe’s biggest takeaway from this is how pumped up David is to be blitzing, something he didn’t do as often under Lovie Smith. Blitzing from all angles definitely is part of this Mike Smith defense. Culture shock is coming for Bucs fans — and the NFC South.

22 Responses to ““That Was A Sack! That Was A Sack!””

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    Player excited to play!!!! Will they actually have a game plan on defense this year!!!! Unlike last year when coach my scheme killed enthusiasm and brought a game plan that was less complex than what other team throw in for the 1st vanilla preseason game!!!!! We are all about to know exactly how big of a joke the incompetent one was and why he will never get a sniff in the NFL again!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. SB with Jameis Says:

    Something tells me we are gonna get the ‘Schiano’ version of LVD again. SO STOKED!!!!

  3. Etzel Says:

    Friends who was a Falcons fan said Smitty wasn’t really about the blitz, at least during his time in the ATL. I’m just saying, I wouldn’t act like he’s Rex Ryan or anything. Of course, Smitty could have changed his philosophy due to talent around him and/or changes in play-style over the past year.

  4. LovieBall Says:

    Smity wasn’t about the blitz at ATL because ATL sucks and they don’t have anyone like LVD.

  5. Buc1987 Says:

    Smitty has to be better than watching what I watched last season.

  6. The Buc Realist Says:


    Your friend it pretty close. We will not turn into Bltiz-burg. He does like to send 4. But which 4 of the front 7 ( or even some from the secondary) which can give you options to overload certain sides of opposing O-lines!!!It will also help Our D-line, as other O-lines not only have to look at our D-line but their eyes start to wander off to the Lb’s and CB’s running up in their gaps. And that is where the confusion will come from!!!!!!

    So excited!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!

  7. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Smitty might not have to be about the blitz. Our DL may actually represent a decent pass rush this year. Perhaps we’ll only NEED to blitz occasionally.

    Whatever it’s good to know we have plenty of options this year. Again and again the word unpredictability keeps popping up.

  8. feelthepewterpower Says:

    as long as we play it cool with the blitz at the right time, and not get burned at the wrong time. Especially vs. our nemesis in CAR who thrives vs. man-to-man blitzing defenses. I am not saying be passive, but be smart about it. 🙂

    Liked LD’s about what it takes and proving them right….

  9. MDBucsFan Says:

    Please let this season hurry…..I cant’t wait to see the look on the Falcons fans faces win Famous Jameis goes 3-0 against them

  10. pick6 Says:

    it was against every instinct in LVD’s body to just hang back when there was a play to be made under Lovie’s system – especially when the scheme kept breaking down around him anyways. his speed and athleticism might remind people of Derrick Brooks, but his makeup is different on so many levels the comparison and expectations re: playing style must have driven him nuts. I’m glad he gets to be Lavonte again

  11. DB55 Says:

    Am I the only one wondering why LVD was making the calls on D? Kwon seemed awfully quiet. Am I wrong?

    Other than that the D seems very fast, very fast indeed. And they seem excited. Which makes me excited.

    Fun fact: no more Sunday’s without football from now until February. YES!

  12. tmaxcon Says:

    The over conservative living in the past fans are going to have heartburn every Sunday with this new defense… i for one excited about the more aggressive approach. The game and rule changes have made this necessary. hopefully the d is successful so it buries the passive playing scared mentality that was ao prevalent under dungy and the incompetent one regimes. I rather lose being aggressive than playing dead which was all to common with dungy and lovie style offenses. Play scared… dont play to win play not to lose never works

  13. The Buc Realist Says:

    Tmaxcon is right!!!! If you are going to make a mistake, do it at full speed!!!! We implore all sheep to ask questions when they don’t understand the defense!! We will do our best to explain it to you!!! Especially you bighogheinous, we recommend that you ask the question you can!!!! It will be scary for some of you!!! But believe us!!! It is for Tampa Bay”s own good that we move into modern times!!!!

    Buckle up!!!!!!

  14. uckinator Says:

    Thank God we didn’t get to pick Joey Bosa in the 1st round. That druggie from cheating Ohio State under the guidance of a turncoat lying Coach still hasn’t signed with San Diego. The more he stays out, the worse it will be for him and the Chargers. What a selfish player. Thank God we didn’t get him !

  15. SB with Jameis Says:


  16. cmurda Says:

    As I watched the Schiano coached Bucs, I felt pity upon Schiano for having to dial up so many blitzes due to our ineffective D Line. I looked it at is as a necessity and less about strategy. It was a much better idea by Schiano than Lovie who defied teams to (do whatever they wanted to do to us) beat us over the middle. The point is Spence, Ayers, etc hopefully can provide us with a legitimate pass rush so that we can use LB’s to blitz or LB’s to be part of the 4 man rush which would make our defense very sound.

  17. SOEbuc Says:

    DB55 theres a lot of talk on the football field. Especially on D and especially from a good vet LB like LVD. Doesn’t mean Kwon isn’t calling the plays

  18. SOEbuc Says:

    DB55 and Kwon might of seemed quiet compared to LVD because he was the one that was mic’d up

  19. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Man…mountain wifi is slooooooow.

    I love the excitement!

    @The Buc Realist
    You just can’t post without saying something bad about someone, can you?

  20. David Says:

    LVD and KWON are both lightning fast. Throw in j Smith and Noah spence and McCoy and Ayers up the gut…
    This has the potential to be a great year.
    Consistent pressure will be the difference between 7 wins and 10

  21. Fred McNeil Says:

    Be nice to have a decent D once again.😉

  22. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:


    Don’t forget about HoJo as well. He’s got rare speed for his size and seems like he will fit right into that stand up rushing LB that Smith wants to mix in. Wich he is more suited for than being a 4-3 DE because he is a little undersized for that imo.

    I’m very excited to hear that LVD will be unleashed and the staff will finally maximize his talents. He’s been misused ever since that phenomenal season when he set a record with 5 picks and 7 sacks I think it was. Not to mention over 120 tackles as well if Im correct. We need to get back to those numbers. Now that we finally have a secondary that can hold up if we do send our LB’s on a blitz. Very excited to see what both King Kwon and LVD can do in the pass rush department. The pieces are there on defense, we just need a staff to utilize them correctly. And so far it looks like Smitty will do just that.