Respect Him

October 19th, 2020

Perfect time to shine.

Enough of this disrespecting nonsense. Time for those around the NFL to have a come-to-Jesus moment and begin putting Lavonte David’s name on the same list as the top defenders in the game.

As Joe wrote yesterday, Michael Strahan took to the FOX airwaves and declared David, the long-time Bucs linebacker, a “star.” Strahan also said it’s time for those around the NFL to treat David as such.

David picked a very good time to have his typical Sunday afternoon of balling out. The Bucs, as a result of the NFL juggling a COVID-adjusted schedule, had the Bucs as the lone NFC game in the late FOX broadcast window. So the nation got to see David live in the Packers’ backfield.

Kevin Patra of said this nonsensical disrespect of David must end, as David demonstrated against yesterday why he is an elite linebacker.

Put some respect on Lavonte David’s name. The perennially underrated linebacker wrecked the game along with bash-brother Devin White. The best off-ball LB duo in the NFL combined for 18 tackles, five for loss, four QB hits and 2.5 sacks. David particularly played in the backfield like he was on the Packers’ payroll. The Bucs’ defensive front seven dominated a previously impervious Packers O-line, compiling five sacks and a whopping 13 QB hits. The back end, led by Carlton Davis (four PBUs) helped slow Adams and held Rodgers to a pedestrian 160 yards passing. Despite losing stalwart NT Vita Vea to an injury last week, the run defense remained very good, holding Aaron Jones to 1.5 yards per carry on 10 totes. Todd Bowles dialed up some perfectly timed blitzes, and his defenders didn’t miss. When David and White are flying sideline-to-sideline patrolling the middle of the field and rushing the passer as they were Sunday afternoon, the Bucs defense can be a suffocating nuisance.

Also good timing for David is that the Packers are one of the more popular teams in the NFL. That’s why they are always on TV in primetime.

For David to help suffocate a future (and popular) Hall of Fame quarterback like Aaron Rodgers certainly doesn’t hurt his quest for respect.

10 Responses to “Respect Him”

  1. Clean House Says:

    Nice work Lavonte!!!

  2. Bird Says:

    Thats my Dog!

    May need to add autographed helmet to my collection

  3. Casual Observer Says:

    As Rodgers said, “Those linebackers are really fast.” No kidding.

  4. Dano407 Says:

    LVD is a Humble BEAST

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Great find, Joe..

    For those of you into music…..Alyona Yarushina Great cover artist.
    For those of you into Football…..Carlton Davis…..Great cover corner.

  6. Cannon Says:

    Lavonte was playing like a man possessed.

    It was so satisfying to watch Rogers go from smiling/taunting smiling to bewildered and spooked. The best was the delay of game penalty. Watch Rogers eyes as he was scanning the field. Was all over the place. Dude looked like he was eating his first lunch at a high-security State penitentiary.

  7. 813bucboi Says:

    Real BUCS fans know his worth!!!

    let the rest sleep on him!!!!

    on to LV!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!

  8. Darin Says:

    Dano. Very humble. He probably doesn’t even want the attention.

  9. orlbucfan Says:

    LVD ranks right up there with Derrick Brooks and Leroy Selmon as the 3 best Bucs defensive players period. If there is any justice in the cosmos, he will participate in a playoff game, too. BTW joes, I have both Otis Redding’s and Lady Aretha’s versions of that tune. 🙂

  10. David Says:

    Four of the next five weeks are Sunday or Monday night games. I have a feeling this team is going to shine!