Many figured the new Lovie Smith and Leslie Frazier scheme would be an easy fix to the Bucs struggles on the defense over the last few years, but according to starting linebacker Lavonte David, it is still a work in progress.
“I’m still in the learning mode,” David said in open locker room on Wednesday. “It’s coming along. It’s not that bad. There’s just some more details to it, some little kinks we have to fix, those small details before the snap, key reads and things like that. So it’s coming along, It’s not a struggle.
After giving up 511 yards to the Saints last Sunday, Tampa Bay is currently ranked 30th in the NFL, giving up an average of 412.4 yards per game.
The complexity of the defense is also something that may surprise some people according to David.
“Yeah, it’s a zone coverage but there are certain zones you have to protect. Each guys has a different type of zone to protect in the defense. Certain passing routes change up the way you fit up the zones, so there’s a lot that goes into it.”
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It has been very noticeable that he is getting more comfortable. The fact that he’s around the ball so much is indicative of this. Now he just needs to make some splash plays.
How about move Barron to middle as he has no back end ball skills anyway and clearly is more comfortable near the line.
Does anybody but me think it’s odd Lansanah playing the strong side, and not starting opening day, has more picks then David. Brooks made a living picking off, and breaking up passes in this D, but David hasn’t been near the ball when it’s in the air. Since David is calling the defense maybe he should slide over to the middle, let Lansanah play the will, move Foster to strong. At the very least move Lansanah to the middle, his coverage skills are better the Foster’s, and certainly Fletcher’s. We need picks from the WLB, and better deep middle coverage from the MLB. Brees treated our linebackers like yo yo’s last week.
Agreed with you dekoda Watson was a beast at will.
Watson didn’t play will, he played Sam!!
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