Lavonte David: Bucs Needed A Guy Like Logan Ryan

August 23rd, 2022

Bucs DB Logan Ryan.

You always hear defensive coaches talk about communication.

Former disastrous Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith talked a lot about this. It was also too bad he handed the assignment of calling plays in the huddle to someone his teammates couldn’t understand.


To simplify this, communication is guys making sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to assignments and responsibilities. When defensive tackle Akiem Hicks first showed up this spring, he said what impressed him about the Bucs defense is he heard a lot of talking. To him, that was a sign of good communication.

And this may be happening because of a savvy addition to the Bucs defense. That’s Logan Ryan. The veteran defensive back is big on using his head and making sure everyone knows what’s going on with each play.

“The way he communicates, the way he talks, the way he tries to be involved in everything, it’s a real great feel,” Bucs stud linebacker Lavonte David said yesterday. “He’s a 10-year vet. So a lot of guys lean on him. Guys like myself, I don’t want to be the oldest one in the back end anymore.”

And even a guy like David, who might be in the Hall of Fame someday, welcomes Ryan.

“He has my back,” David said.

Mike Edwards told Joe after practice that Ryan brings a lot of leadership.

“He’s a real smart guy,” Edwards said. “He’s played a long time. Earned a lot of accolades. He helps me out a lot when we are on the field together.”

Joe has a hunch that the signing of Ryan might turn out to be one of the biggest moves the Bucs made this past offseason. The Bucs’ secondary, though very good and very talented, is also still rather young. Carlton Davis was the old man of the secondary before Ryan signed and Davis just signed his second contract.

A guy who has the smarts and the savvy and the experience of Ryan could prove to be invaluable.

16 Responses to “Lavonte David: Bucs Needed A Guy Like Logan Ryan”

  1. JamesrunningWilder Says:

    Joe, I believe you meant Logan “Ryan” in the Title of this Article.

  2. Long John Says:

    I don’t get it he is smart, savvy and experienced and yet every time you read about his play he gets burnt often.

  3. SB Says:

    Why is Logan Hall in the Headline but Logan Ryan in the Pic?

  4. Joe Says:

    Why is Logan Hall in the Headline but Logan Ryan in the Pic?

    Knew it was just a matter of time before Joe tripped on that stick.

    Likely won’t be the last, either.

  5. Irishmist Says:

    Logan could be in the Hall someday but I don’t think he’s there yet.

  6. Steven007 Says:

    Wanted Ryan here for years. Was hoping we’d pick him up as a free agent several years ago. Glad it’s finally happened. Seems to be paying dividends. Hopefully.

  7. Bucs Win Says:

    Hell yeah Joe

  8. BucsfanFred Says:

    Well at least when you make a mistake you fix it.
    Some sites leave it wrong.

  9. SB Says:

    LOL Joe. I get it. Just try not to get stuck on the Shaq stick either. 😎

  10. steele Says:

    Long John, you make a good point. I think that the addition of Ryan was a great one for a lot of reasons, but it is a concern that he’s been less than perfect so far. It’s possible that he has not turned it completely on in these practices, scrimmages and preseason games.

    We’ll just have to see. This is the diciest preseason in recent memory, with no part of the roster looking very secure.

  11. Goatfarmer Says:

    In an earlier interview, Ryan commented on how complex and layered Bowles’ scheme is. Therefore, hard to learn. Ryan, the genius, is still having a hard time learning it so you can imagine how hard it’s been for the other guys. Maybe Todd could back it up from Calculus to Trigonometry. I’m not advocating for “simple” but simply less complex.

    And he is a 10 year veteran safety, he’s gonna get beat even if he knows what he’s supposed to do. It’s the nature of his position and age. Just hopefully not every game.

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    With all the focus on our offense with our WRs, RBs, Brady & our Oline changes…..I actually think it will be our defense that carries the day this year.

    Ryan, Neal, Hicks, Hall & the extra experience from our young players JTS, White, Davis, Dean, SMB, Edwards, Winfield……..that will make a difference.

  13. Mike Says:

    I agree this was a smart move and it could help the secondary and the defense take a step forward.

  14. geno711 Says:

    I always see Defense Rules talking about the knowledge the Suh parceled to the younger defensive lineman when he was here. Even suggesting that for 9 million that could be important to Logan Hall’s development.

    But it appears for this team, that getting Logan Ryan here might be more important than Suh.

    As a Bucs fan, enjoy reading this article.

  15. Oxycondoms Says:

    Nice move by brady

  16. Buczilla Says:

    I’d appreciate all the help that we can get for our vastly overrated young corners, up to and including replacing all but one of them next year if they can’t stay healthy or live up to their talent again.

    If our young corners don’t get nuked in the first four games of the season against these killer qb’s, I will be elated, very wrong about them, and I will glady sing their praises for the rest of the year.