Lavonte David Says Roll With Kyle Trask

February 9th, 2023

Legendary Bucs linebacker Lavonte David, a pending free agent, put on his general manager hat today in Phoenix.

David hopped on WDAE radio and was asked to play GM and roll out what he thinks the Bucs should do at quarterback.

David had a clear vision.

“Obviously you want to get a top-of-market guy like Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr, but in the situation that we’re in, being a GM and being realistic, you have to go with Kyle Trask,” David said. “You have to put all your all your faith in Kyle Trask. You drafted him in the second round. You got the pieces; you gotta put the pieces around him before he can succeed. And you got to get the right offensive coach in who can be able to develop him to be the playmaker that we all know he can be.

“I love what I see [of Trask]. He’s a prototypical guy. You know, he’s able to move. He’s got a nice ball. Getting a chance to compete against him, obviously when he was on the scout team he made a lot of good throws against [the Bucs defense] and stuff like that. So I definitely feel like he could be a guy who could, you know, come in and help turn us into a winning football team.”

Well, there you go. The Trask flag is waving tonight.

Joe’s not surprised David went there. He may be the best second-round pick in Bucs history, so David surely knows guys can outplay their draft position if they have the drive and are put in a good position to succeed.

Trask, of course, remains a mystery to nearly everyone in the NFL after two seasons of riding the bench and getting little first-team work in preseason.

43 Responses to “Lavonte David Says Roll With Kyle Trask”

  1. SKBucsFan Says:

    Congrats Rhonde!

  2. Aceofaerospace Says:

    Finally!!!! Barber HOF!!!!

  3. Aceofaerospace Says:

    Aw you beat me to it.

  4. Pryda sec 147 Says:

    It would be amazing if he turned out to be an elite player that learned from Brady these past 2 years …I’ll put the bud down now and go to bed

  5. Jp09 Says:

    Everyone knows that except the doors here, the 9ers damn near made the super bowl with a 7th rounder. Yea the 9ers have a superior OC compared to the Bucs but people here are talking about drafting the dope from FL that completes %53 of his passes. Buddy the trenches and let Trask play with the ones

  6. Austin Christopher Lewis Says:

    If it’s good for lavonte its good for me. Barber had almost 20 more picks than revis?? Insane. Very deserving, best defense all time. Simeon next!

  7. westernbuc Says:

    Lavonte is our next hall of famer so he might know something we don’t. Or Licht asked him to lol

  8. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Dude makes the HOF and they still spelling his name wrong lol

  9. Aceofaerospace Says:

    The Trask haters must think David is stupid also. Give the kid a chance before you throw him to the curb.

  10. Bucsfan13 Says:

    I don’t know if it was confidence in Trask. It more of him knowing the salary cap situation. He mentioned that they probably couldn’t get a star, so they’re going with the only QB on the roster. I’m sure the coaches disagree. Trask won’t be handed the job. Lavonte might not even be with the team next year. I think they’ll let him go because of his age

  11. Oxycondoms Says:

    David said being realistic. Hard to build a team by overpaying for a qb

  12. Aaron Says:

    Our D made a lot of QBs look good this year.

  13. Esteban85 Says:

    Trask IS a prototypical QB and should have at least some mobility and athleticism. He’s proven the slow roll is the best path for his success so he’s been given the best opportunity to get that ever elusive second second contract for a drafted QB. The worst thing we can say about this kid is that he didn’t win a job he never had a shot at. The best thing we can say is we have no idea of his potential.

  14. Bucswin Says:

    Plus two years of being mentored by the goat. I don’t recall hearing about Trask and Bradys relationship. Do they even like each other? Did he teach him everything he knows? Will it even matter with a new system? Why so much mystery?

  15. BigMacAttack Says:

    I agree with Lavonte. Trask has heart and drive. Aaron Rodgers rode the pine for a few years and how did that turn out. Give him a shot and find another young qb, and fGs send Gabbert packing and save some money.

  16. Pewter Power Says:

    I think we should draft a quarter and go after a top free agent if our cap allows it but to be fair to him whenever he comes in he’s always playing with 10 other guys who’ll never start for this team

  17. Elita Vita Says:


  18. Just Leave Trask Alone Says:

    I told you fers.

  19. SB Says:

    I think we should go Edge or OL in the first.
    If you want to pick up Hooker in the third because we aren’t Privy to the real situation, overall then Fine.
    I will put up 5 to 1 that Trask is going to be better than an average QB once he gets his Shot.
    That is all he is waiting on. Like he has done his whole career.

  20. Tye Says:

    IF 49ers can win with 7th round pick Purdy and the Seahawks can win with Geno Smith (of all people), A good OC should be able to win with Trask!

    (to bad no good OC is willing to work for Bowels),,,,

  21. Defense Rules Says:

    Tye … ‘(to bad no good OC is willing to work for Bowels)’

    Actually it’s too bad you had to add that, because you were on a roll to that point. We have no clue who we’ll be getting for an OC, or for a QB coach for that matter. Or what other QBs will be signed. Or what other FAs we’ll be able to sign. Or who we’ll draft.

    LOTS of questions. So few answers. So many closed minds.

  22. Defense Rules Says:

    Lavonte David … ‘I love what I see [of Trask] … So I definitely feel like he could be a guy who could, you know, come in and help turn us into a winning football team.’

    Two things I loved about LVD’s comment …

    1 – He’s optimistic about Trask’s chances of QBing this team. That’s quite refreshing considering that LVD’s been in a much better position to evaluate Trask’s talent than any of us.

    2 – LVD used the word ‘US’ in his comment. Unlike so many make-believe ‘fans’, LVD took OWNERSHIP. He’s a Buc & this is HIS TEAM; that’s what US means.

    I have doubts about whether or not Lavonte can be re-signed this year because of how badly this salary CAP has been butchered. If you don’t have the money, you shouldn’t be buying Ferraris. But IF he’s willing to cut his salary well down from past years, I’d sign him to a 2-year deal so he could end his career as a Buc. We desperately NEED his leadership on this defense.

  23. Snookman9 Says:

    Longevity = devloping a young qb.

    Cut bait if improvement is not happening..

    You gotta have a qb in this league….its the difference from going 7-9 to 11-5 and a sb championship!

  24. Mike C Says:

    SMH Lavonte David, haven’t you been keeping up with Joe bucs comment section?!?! Trask is Terrrrrrrrrrrible! How can you not KNOW he is trash David!!!!

  25. Rod Munch Says:

    “Obviously you want to get a top-of-market guy like Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr, but in the situation that we’re in, being a GM and being realistic, you have to go with Kyle Trask…”

    What he is saying is that you’d love to be able to have a good QB, but you can’t afford it, and Trask is the only guy on the roster.

    That’s really not much of an endorsement.

  26. Oxycondoms Says:

    Lavonte worried about salary cap casualties of his teammates if bucs go after a qb in free agency.

  27. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Brady has never been famous for mentoring his backups. In fact he has been notorious for taking every rep available to him. Trask is more mobile than Brady. I suspect he has some experience playing with our rookie TEs, as well as White. With Evans and Godwin to throw to, I’m optimistic. Draft OL, pass rusher, and a speed receiver, and see what happens. Anybody that can beat up the SEC like Trask did, can at least compete in the NFL imo. We traded away Steve Young. 2023 is not going to be a strong contender for the Bucs. The cap situation is the anchor. Keep who we can and build around the core that’s left. Brady couldn’t win with Bucs. Some hired gun QB isn’t going to win either. He’s just going to add to the cap issues. Brady was a 6th round pick. San Francisco struck gold with the last pick in the draft. The Bucs have to go bargain basement shopping for a year or two. Build through the draft and undrafted free agents. Stat Trask and make decisions based on factual evidence. Hopefully we get a decent OC soon. We’re stuck with Bowles for now. It would be great if he surprises everyone, but I’m not optimistic about that

  28. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    Amen! I say Amen, Defense Rules.

  29. AnonymousBuc76 Says:

    Awesome assessment Defense Rules…

    LaVonte David was the 1 thing Greg Schiano got right here in Tampa…Imho we need to do whatever it takes to keep this guy in pewter and red…

    Trask obviously is still an unknown commodity but we took him pretty high and he’s the next man up…
    They sat him for 2 years; he’s had plenty of practice reps against quality defensive personnel, and he’s been surrounded by QBs gurus such a Moore, Arians, and Mr. Brady since he walk in the door…Now it’s time to see if the student can snatch the pebble out of the masters hand…If he’s not ready to roll by now, he’ll never be…

  30. KKBucsFan Says:

    Trask is a good quarterback. Remember three things:

    1. He was a very successful and good Gators quarterback who threw to and contributed to the success of several current NFL players like Kadarious Toney (Wide Receiver-Kansas City Chiefs), Kyle Pitts (Tight End – Atlanta Falcons) who are doing well in the NFL.

    2. Throughout his life, he has excelled when given the opportunity to play. In high school he was the 3rd quarterback until he was given an opportunity to play and he lit up the numbers. At the University of Florida, he was once again on the bench until Felipe Franks got hurt. Again, when he was given an opportunity to start, he put up startling numbers and beat a lot of SEC teams with outstanding numbers.

    3. In Tampa, with Tom Brady under Center, Trask has had little or no opportunities to play with the first teamers. The few times he has seen action, he played with 3rd and 4th stringers. A player must not be judged under such circumstances.

    Please get him good coaches (quarterback and offensive coordinator) and surround him with a good offensive line and he will surprise and exceed all expectations. Give Trask a chance!

  31. SlyPirate Says:

    The Bucs need to use draft picks on other positions this year. Better to stick with Trask and reload the trenches.

  32. surferbuc Says:

    Wow … Bruce Arians … Lavonte David … Every day brings news that someone in One Buc Palace has not been reading JoeBucsFan. 😛

  33. surferbuc Says:

    @ Rod Munch

    You conveniently failed to mention the rest of what Lavonte said:

    “I love what I see of Trask. He’s a prototypical guy. You know, he’s able to move. He’s got a nice ball. Getting a chance to compete against him, obviously when he was on the scout team he made a lot of good throws against the Bucs defense and stuff like that. So I definitely feel like he could be a guy who could, you know, come in and help turn us into a winning football team.”

    That’s a compelling endorsement from a Buc who, unlike you, for two seasons has been on the practice field with Trask. Time for you to change your tune.

  34. surferbuc Says:

    “getting little first-team work in preseason”

    Trask has never taken a single snap with the first team in any preseason game or in his allotted 2 series of regular season action against the Falcons.

  35. ocala Says:

    I don’t dislike Trask. He seems like a nice guy, but from what i have seen he stinks at the NFL level, and he was unable to beat out journeyman Blain Gabbert for the 2nd team QB position.

    Despite that I am hoping the Bucs roll with him at QB. If the majority of us are wrong and he ends up being a fantastic NFL QB then that is a huge win for the franchise. If he stinks; like I think he will, then the Bucs will get to draft a potential franchise QB in next year’s draft with a top five pick.

  36. RustyRhinos Says:

    Lavonte David says about Kyle Trask: “Getting a chance to compete against him, obviously when he was on the scout team he made a lot of good throws against [the Bucs defense]”.
    And we daily see the posts about how Trask couldn’t beat Gabbert out of the QB#2 position, we also have seen on record here at JBF that Tom Brady wanted Gabbert as QB#2 so why is it that all of the JBF’ers know how well Trask would do as our starting QB in 23? It sure does sound like Lavonte David has seen way more actual up-close NFL QB performance than the negative JBF’ers have on Trask. Even if it was on the scout team.

  37. SKBucsFan Says:

    Trask should be the man this season. Aside from salary cap issues we already know what we would get from Carr. Why not use your 2nd round pick instead?

  38. Rand Says:

    wasn’t that the plan …for him to sit and learn?

  39. David Says:

    Tom B. was the qb, the coach and in full control of Bucs offense. He chose Gabbert as his back up. Last time I checked Gabbert didn’t even play a single regular game last season and Bucs wasted great opportunity to have Trask as their qb2 so he can at least get more practice snaps. Stop making the same mistake and waste the money. Beef up the OL and give the kid a chance to prosper. Derek C. is just an average qb who might win the south but Kyle will take Bucs to super bow within two years with right coaching. He will beat Derek C. even if Bucs bring him on.

  40. DrunkinYbor Says:

    Barber and Brian Kelly together was the elite of the elite. Mike Tomlin was a great coach here. Barber was a stud a amazing man and player. He’s a beast, he lets his play so the talking. The peo bowl can kiss his backside he went to San Diego and now he will forever be enshrined in Canton. He will always be remembered as hall of famer Ronde Barber Buccaneers for life.

  41. Bucfan94 Says:

    I’d rather roll with Trask. The plan was for him to sit and learn as long as we had Brady. We was never expected to play while Brady was here either. And again, Gabbert has history with Arians, and always praised by Arians. We knew the plan. He was never even contending for the #2 for the purpose of sitting while we could afford to have a 2nd round pick sit and learn. Let him start, see what he’s got. Otherwise we’re probably primed for a top QB in the draft, with more to work with cap wise also. TB is accounting for 35m towards the cap. And we’re 50m plus over already for next year. Worst that happens is Bowles is gone, and we get a good QB in the draft next year with a lot more cap space.

  42. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    Defense Rules – Spot on with everything ! Crazy how many fake bandwagon fans we have that have no idea what they are talking about. Go Bucs

  43. Pete Says:

    Give him a real opportunity. Why not? He’s overachieved at every level so far. And there’s still plenty of talent on the offensive side of the ball.