Bucs linebacker Lavonte David was thrilled with the information that defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was named as Bruce Arians’ successor.
“I adore it,” David stated. “Love the transfer. [Arians] did an excellent factor placing the proper man in entrance. I believe all people’s going to like him. All people goes to get to know him.”
Whereas David loves Bowles’ promotion, he didn’t like the way in which the Bucs’ season ended. Neither did Bowles, who was accountable for his failed zero blitz name on the finish of Tampa Bay’s 30-27 playoff loss to Los Angeles.
Throughout Tuesday’s media session, David joined his new head coach in being accountable. Among the Bucs defenders have been late to blitz and David was caught flat-footed. With 28 second left, Matthew Stafford hit Cooper Kupp with a 44-yard acquire to set the Rams up in discipline purpose place.
“There have been numerous shifting elements,” David stated. “I wasn’t anticipating them to go no-huddle at that second. Nevertheless it was a kind of moments the place you’re making an attempt to ensure all people will get the decision. Guys are working in every single place and also you’re making an attempt to ensure individuals are getting it. On these kind of issues it’s important to be sure that all people is on the identical web page. There are numerous communication elements of that kind of protection. Them hurrying as much as hike the ball caught us off guard. I simply form of bought caught standing, wanting misplaced. Nevertheless it was simply an unlucky state of affairs.”
David Was Rooting Towards The Rams In The Tremendous Bowl
The truth that the Rams went on to beat the Bengals and win Tremendous Bowl LVI three weeks later stung David and the Bucs.
“It was powerful,” David stated. “Clearly, I hope they might’ve misplaced the Tremendous Bowl. There was numerous hatin’ happening from my aspect. However it’s important to transfer on. As soon as soccer season was over and every thing was finished and no extra soccer I used to be capable of relax. I couldn’t see it anymore. I used to be capable of relax and get again to work and construct myself again as much as be at this level proper now.”
Tampa Bay trailed Los Angeles 20-3 at halftime and 27-3 within the third quarter earlier than getting 4 second-half takeaways, together with a key fumble restoration by David. That keyed a second-half comeback and allowed the Bucs to tie the sport at 27-27 with 42 seconds left.
Not solely did the Bucs lose to the Rams in heartbreaking vogue within the divisional playoffs, they’ve misplaced three straight video games to Los Angeles over the past two years. Shedding the way in which they did – with the protection on the sector – will drive David and Co. this offseason.
“It’s large motivation – enormous motivation,” David stated. “As a result of I really feel like we (the protection) form of bought us again in that sport. Then for us to finish the sport like that – that’s not what we need to be remembered as. We have now nearly all of our guys coming again once more, so we’re going to must take one other enormous leap this yr. That style is certainly going to be in our mouth for awhile. I imagine we play them within the common season. Not say we’re going to circle that sport, however it’s a sport that’s clearly going to be essential.”
The 2022 NFL schedule will come out after the draft. However we already know the Bucs will host the Rams for a 3rd straight season. You possibly can imagine that David and Tampa Bay’s protection will circle that sport.