“Discipline” Is The Key, Says Lavonte David

November 15th, 2023

Much respect to The Jim Rome Show for having Lavonte David on yesterday to acknowledge him reaching 1,000 career solo tackles. Thanks for reading Joe, Mr. Rome.

David didn’t say anything too surprising during his visit. David talked about how well Baker Mayfield competes and is respected by teammates. He also loves how Mayfield has great energy and “grinds for every inch.”

The iconic Bucs linebacker says the film shows that Sunday’s opponent, the 49ers, is loaded. Athletes, superstars and few weaknesses — that’s how David described San Francisco.

With the 49ers offense able to beat a team in so many ways, David said the Bucs’ key will be mental focus.

“I think it all comes down to discipline,” David said.

He noted it’s tempting to try and do too much against a strong opponent. Sounding like an old man, David reflected on how football really is a simple game; winning comes from players mastering fundamentals and their roles.

David said the 49ers offense is designed to distract defenses and get them off their basics, so the Bucs have to counter that with old school discipline.

Can the Bucs do that?

Joe thinks the Bucs are capable of at least slowing down the Niners. Before clobbering Jacksonville 34-3 on Sunday, the high-powered San Francisco offense scored 17 points in each of the previous three games.

Joe’s concern is with the Bucs offense. It sure would be nice to run the ball against San Francisco’s top-5 defense, but there’s no reason to think the Bucs can, which makes them painfully one-dimensional.

11 Responses to ““Discipline” Is The Key, Says Lavonte David”

  1. Popcorn Mike Says:

    Speaking of discipline, I heard some chatter on the site that one theory is the Bucs might be thinking of pursuing B Belichick, just a theory I like Belichick a lot but first of all he’s pass 70 he hasn’t won since Brady left and none of his assistants coach do well after they leave NE. I think Belichick mo Joe has run its course. I think the Glazers are gonna surprise us with some kind of big move if or when Bowles is fired

  2. SlyPirate Says:

    32-10 49ers

    Any hope you may have is false hope. Tennesse is a terrible team. The 49ers are a powerhouse. Philly and Detroit manhandled the Bucs in the trenches and exposed glaring issues with the interior OL, soft pass rush, and coaching ineptitude. Expect the most lopsided loss of the year.

  3. ScottyMack Says:

    Imagine how poorly the Bucs would do without their top receiver. That’s the major reason for the 49ers three game skid and 17 points per game during that losing streak. Samuels is back and hoping they only score 17 is quite a big wish – something the Jags discovered last week.

  4. PSL Bob Says:

    Deebo Samuel was missing from the 49ers lineup during their brief losing streak. He was back last week. If you just had to focus on McCaffrey it might be a bit easier, but with both McCaffrey and Samuel on the field, it’s tough. I think the key will be to try to rattle Purdy. If the Buc’s D plays like it did last week, we might be able to keep it close. If the D plays like it did against Houston, we’re doomed. Expecting a loss. So won’t be too disappointed if that happens. Just hope it’s a respectable showing.

  5. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Gotta agree with Slypirate on this one..

    No way the Bucs can hang with that juggernaut.

  6. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Huge coaching staff.. discipline problems?

    Too many cooks spoil the broth?

  7. Steven007 Says:

    Bucs wouldn’t replace a defensive coach with another defensive coach. Even the great Bill b.

  8. Buckeyebuckchuck Says:

    Niners are tough. They’re not unbeatable. Cincy beat the snot out of them….then lost to the Texans on a last minute drive. (Sound familiar?) Its all about the matchups. Let’s see how it plays out. And yes it could get really ugly

  9. optimisticbucsfan Says:

    I think we can win.

  10. Glass Half Full Guy Says:

    Not only was Deebo Samuel’s missing during their losing streak but so was all-world LT Trent Williams. As a result, Purdy was under a lot of pressure and made mistakes. Both are back now so (lucky us) we also get a two-headed pass rush monster in Bosa and newly-acquired Chase Young, who also wasn’t on the team yet.

    But that’s why they play the games. If the 49ers secondary has a lapse in discipline for just a couple of plays and we can take advantage, you never know. They’re very good but every team or player can have an off day or screw up at the wrong time.

    We need our D to be beasts in the red zone. Keeping them to field goals gives us a chance. The 49ers also had a bunch of turnovers with Purdy throwing picks and even McCaffrey getting a ball punched out for a scoop and score. Hopefully our DBs spent some.time with the JUGGS machine so they can squeeze the balls that hit them in the hands.

    Every week there seems to be at least one or two games that can be called upsets. Now would be a great time to get ours. Win the TO and penalty battles and use their aggressive pass rush against them with screens and quick tosses to Godwin to slow them down and spread them out so we can have a chance to run a little.

    And for God’s sake, put up some crime scene tape across the arses from our LG to RG to keep our RBs the hell out of there. I’d say to use Do Not Enter signs but that might look a little … um…odd?

  11. Glass Half Full Guy Says:

    For the remainder of the season, that discipline, especially on D will be the difference. Scoring is down across the league for the 2nd straight year, the lowest average PPG since 2009. Either offenses have gotten worse or defenses have gotten better. I think it’s the latter.

    Look at KC. They average 23.1 PPG compared to our 19.8 PPG. Essentially only one FG more per game, yet they sit at 7-2 and we’re at 4-5. We’ve lost some close games that we should have won if not for lack of discipline on both sides of the ball, especially offensive penalties and lapses in pass coverage, mainly on 3rd downs.

    If a pass hits a receiver in the hands he has to catch it. If you’re an o-lineman blocking on a running play DON’T HOLD! What’s worse…a short gain because your guy made the tackle or losing 10 yards because you had a brain fart? Two acceptable holding plays are 1) keep your QB from getting destroyed from his blind side or if you’re a DB and your guy is going to beat you deep and you have no help over the top.

    It starts at the top and if a player screws up, let him know in real time not the next day in the film room. I’d like to see Bowles more engaged on the sidelines in that respect to keep his players’ heads in the game. Baker can’t do it the way Brady did. It needs to come from the coaches.