Lavonte David’s Strange “Turmoil” Quote

January 23rd, 2022

The longest tenured Buccaneer had plenty to say after this evening’s soul-sucking loss to the Rams at The Licht House.

Lavonte David wrapped up his 10th season with Tampa Bay by leading the team in tackles today and by dropping an eyebrow-raising quote to reporters.

“It wasn’t going to be a cakewalk [this season], obviously, because it’s football. Things happen. People get hurt. You have some mishaps here and there, guys bump heads,” David said. “You know, so that’s what happened this year. You had a lot of turmoil going on, man, you know, in the organization. And then you got guys injured, guys who played huge parts of our football team, huge parts of our success. But it just goes to show you’ve got young guys coming in, stepping up and filling that void. You know, it just goes back to the management and the coaching staff having guys ready. It definitely was a tough season, man. Guys playing through injuries, all type of injuries. That’s why I respect all those guys in that locker room.”

David went on to praise coaches for their work and referenced the team battling all kinds of different issues.

Really strange word choice from David when he spoke of “turmoil” in the organization and how “guys bump heads.” Joe reads that as “Antonio Brown.” But hopefully it didn’t go beyond that.

Joe was told many weeks ago that David knew Brown was ready to explode long before he did. Remember, David had strong ties to Antonio Brown’s father from his pre-Nebraska days, and he knew Brown in a different kind of way via their south Florida connections

Speaking tonight, David openly said he is very sure that the Bucs roster will look a lot different next season, whereas last season the Bucs eagerly brought back every starter and a load of backups.

38 Responses to “Lavonte David’s Strange “Turmoil” Quote”

  1. sasquatch Says:

    There’s really been no hint of turmoil other than AB. There’s no reason to believe there’s any front office power struggle, or that key people don’t get along, or that ownership was putting their hands into football matters. Unless there’s been some crazy crap going on behind the scenes that no one has caught a whiff of yet, it can only mean AB.

  2. Swampbuc Says:

    I reckon he includes all the injuries as turmoil along with fake vax cards and the whole AB thing. Not going to read too much into that. Yet.

    Thanks, Todd’s Bowel.

  3. Rod Munch Says:

    I would assume he was just talking about injuries, but he said ‘turmoil’ and then injuries. Maybe he’s just talking about the very very poor play of the defense early in the season.

  4. YuctoBuc Says:

    I think David and White are overrated and last years defense was a fluke !!! What sucks as a Bucs fan is that we should be playing for a chance to be in the Super Bowl, but BA is a horrible coach along with the OC and DC. If BA really was the coach he wouldn’t have let Bowel Movement to Blitz like that on the last series. Brady was the real coach and sadly this team isn’t as enticing to come back to. Thank you Tom for the Super Bowl and the 13 win season, but too many things to fix for him to come play again in Pewter. I wouldn’t be surprised if he and Gronk go to the Saints or another team

  5. MadMax Says:

    LD54, another class act warrior.

  6. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Last season I really think that if the Rams would have beaten the Packers, then we probably would not have won the Superbowl last year either. We are unable to beat the Rams ever it seems. The Rams are also my newest most hated team. They passed the Saints today for that dishonor.

  7. bucschamp Says:

    the timing of AB fake Vax card was bad. probably affected everybody in the locker room.

  8. tampabuscsbro Says:

    once again there is a lot of vultures coming out of the woodworks in the comments.

  9. Jp09 Says:

    Yucto your an idiot, Brady is under contract with the Bucs through next year so stop with all the dumb comments. He’s either retiring (I doubt it) or playing for the Bucs (Most likely) next year unless we trade him

  10. HC Grover Says:

    Maybe Ego clash between BA and Brady? Was BA jealous of Brady influence?

  11. SKBucsFan Says:

    We will be fine next year. The cancer is gone.

    There are 5 key free agents to re-sign; Jensen, Cappa, Gronk, Lenny and Davis. Can look at JPP, Suh and Godwin if they are affordable. If not, it’s time to move on. The rest can be filled with draft picks and free agents. We will live to fight another day.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Joe please don’t start on AB bullspit for the rest of the offseason right after this game.

  13. SOEbuc Says:

    Please don’t start the AB bullspit directly after this game.

  14. SOEbuc Says:


    Whitehead is much more key than Davis. I could cut bait with all these starting CB.

  15. Beeej Says:

    JPP, Brate, OJ, not coming back. Possibly a few secondary players as well. If Brady comes back, will mean they signed Godwin

  16. Pewter Power Says:

    Jensen and Capps should be gone. Vea could get any rookie center ready to play. Capps price will be higher than we should pay. Carlton Davis should be gone, we need speed at corner a top paid corner can’t be slow. Godwin is coming back, no rookie of replacing his production inside and it’s be dumb to think otherwise.

    I think when they say the team will look different it should be this backup receivers, d line and tight end. Lenny probably wants a big payday too

  17. Jerry Says:

    I understand AB may be a bit mentally unhinged. But something had to set him off. And I don’t think any of us know the full story behind the scenes. That kind of thing doesn’t just happen spontaneously.

  18. asdf Says:

    anyone thinking there is anything more than AB being completely unhinged is delusional. There is a reason a once in a generation talent got booted from 3 team prior to us….his ego clearly couldn’t handle being not the top dog in the bucs offense. Very apparent from his comments after getting released.

    We gambled on him and it paid off year 1, year 2 it blew up in our face….

  19. Oxycodoms Says:

    Didnt realize so many free agents no way brady stays, usher in the gabbert era.

  20. gotbbucs Says:

    He’s not exactly Bill Shakespeare. “Turmoil” could mean all sorts of things in his mind and vocabulary.

  21. Rod Munch Says:

    Oxycodoms Says:
    January 24th, 2022 at 12:03 am
    Didnt realize so many free agents no way brady stays, usher in the gabbert era.


    There’s plenty of ways to get around the cap for a year or two if Brady is staying. The Bucs have tons of cap space in 2023, so they can do low salaries for 2022, with guaranteed money in 2023 instead of signing bonuses. If, for example, they resign Godwin, they could easily play with the numbers to make his cap hit like $3-5m next year, and pay for that in a year or two when you’ll be rebuilding anyways.

    You have to get creative, but if you do that for a bunch of guys, you’ll be in cap hell in 2023 or 2024, but I have zero issues with that to keep the window open another season, maybe, hopefully two seasons.

  22. bucschamps Says:

    rams also are over the cap. they traded their future for stafford and will be hard to retain von miller and obj. its sb or bust for them this year. 49ers got their number this year

  23. Amar Says:

    I don’t think that really means anything. LVD is a football player and not an English teacher. All I took from his statement is that it was a tough year. Every time has moments of panic, distress, etc. not everyone is going to agree all the time, unless you win then nobody cares because winning is the only medicine. Losing brings out the excuses.

  24. steele Says:

    Turmoil is “problems”, and there was plenty of that. Not just AB. It was a tough season in every way. The fact that they got this far with all of it—the injuries, the mental toll of repeating, coaching issues, depth issues, the internal conflicts that every team faces—and almost winning this game regardless. Credit to them.

  25. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Who will they get to replace Jensen? Keep him.

    Carlton Davis has been injured alot, and just has not stepped up.
    CD Not worth a big contract.

    Darden should not be allowed back there to return kicks, he just looks out of place and scared. Every-time he catches a kick, you are relieved he did not drop it.
    Also running wide to skirt the defense may have worked for him in College, but in the NFL, the Speed is on another level, and he has just not adjusted at all.

    Greenberg is going to have to earn his money again like last year as a Capoligist, because some serious financial gymnastics is needed to field a competitive team next year with all the free agents needed to be signed

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!

  26. lambchop Says:

    Lavonte also said this locker room is the closest bunch of guys he’s ever been around. I think the turmoil is really the injuries, vax card fiasco, and AB. Other than that, the only other thing could be how the team handled various injuries regarding AB, RoJo, etc. Usually the recovery and rehab time table will get under players’ skin.

    I think it’s mostly the injuries as the defensive starters never played together until this Divisional Round. They were lucky to not have major injuries last year. We had them in bunches this year.

  27. captivajim Says:

    If you look at that last play in slow motion you’ll see LD just sitting in his pre-snap position watching Stafford survey the field.. He didn’t blitz . He didn’t fall back in coverage . I guess he was the spy on Stafford .

    But he’ll be back with White who blew his assignment on the guy to whom Stafford threw a TD ..

  28. UKBuccaneer Says:

    Week 1 vs Dallas, it was obvious that this team was going to struggle as long as the secondary was playing at that crappy level. That didn’t change from week 1 to the Divisional round.

  29. Defense Rules Says:

    No way around it: yesterday was a tough loss, but we played a terrible game. Beyond terrible actually in all 3 phases. The Rams tried their best to hand us the victory with numerous fumbles, but we refused to accept the gift. What’s done is done.

    Going forward the Bucs really have only 2 initial scenarios to work. Scenario 1: Brady opts for 1 more year with the Bucs. Scenario 2: Brady retires. MOST of our front office personnel decisions this off-season will revolve around what Tom Brady decides to do.

    The TV cameras followed Brady around the field after the game much more than usual. Have no idea why, but I kept thinking that he didn’t look like a man totally devastated by the loss. Quite the contrary; he almost looked relieved. I’m convinced he’s about to ride off into the sunset. Prepare for Scenario 2.

  30. Bob in valrico Says:

    The turmoil could also be the possible exit of the offensive and defensive

  31. Hodad Says:

    I’ll just say there are a lot of vets on this team with strong opinions, and egos. Forget the record, this team didn’t look like it was on the same page every game this year. This team never looked like everyone was locked in ready to row the boat in the same direction.

  32. DoooshLaRue Says:

    gotbbucs Says:
    January 24th, 2022 at 12:23 am
    He’s not exactly Bill Shakespeare. “Turmoil” could mean all sorts of things in his mind and vocabulary.


  33. tampabayallday Says:

    White is so overrated ! Boy doesn’t know was discipline is if it was gifted to him.

  34. Free agent Says:

    Maybe, David told the truth, about inside that locker room, turmoil is because a quarterback and tight end bragged about getting his money to hell with everyone else. That is the beginning of the end especially when you have other wide receivers open and you force the ball to your tight end.

  35. bucs4life Says:

    YuctoBuc, Lavonte David is for real. One of the best linebackers in the league. He was the anchor for Devin White end up having more liberty to drop back and make plays. Devin played run-of-the-mill football this season, Lavonte played big league ball.

  36. Listnfrmafar Says:

    DR, I think Brady was more in shock, he’s not used to losing this way, in all case the results are reversed. AB was a distraction, BA caused the turmoil.

  37. PassingThru Says:

    Turmoil might mean AB, but even then it isnt clear whether the turmoil was before or after he was kicked off the team.

  38. Bucs96NYC Says:

    David is 1000% referencing AB & everybody knew that was the risk w/ him. We got a championship & 2 games from another 1. I’m a happy man!

    I’ll say this tho, very disappointed in the Bowles x Leftwich game plans…

    Bowles w/ stubborn blitzing & Leftwich w/ the lack of max protection calls & 3 TEs running calls!