The progression he made in a short period of time was impressive! I think LVD’s tutelage definitely started to kick in, as he was a stud in the playoffs! I think we have a stud on our hands that offensive players fear!
Maybe dude steps up in big moments? I think he definitely learned and grew but I’m sure that is part of it too. Dude came up big in big moments this playoffs. Loved seeing it as one of his big doubters when we drafted him.
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He was excellent in coverage vs. the Saints (92.3), but not GB (59.5) or KC (67.6)
For a reference point, a 65 coverage grade during the regular season for a LB would 16th out of 52 qualified players. To highlight how much better White played in the postseason, his regular season coverage grade was 39.8 – 49th out of 52 qualified players. #1 was Fred Warner with a 91.1 coverage grade – for the entire season. That’s excellent coverage.
Here’s hoping White carries those improvements into 2021 and beyond. With his other abilities, if he can just be average in coverage, I’d take that as a win.
Just watched a video from a few days before the SB on YouTube where Colin Cowherd list the top ten players playing in the Super Bowl so he can see which team has the most talent. His list ended up being a 5/5 tie but Devin White and several other surprises weren’t on his top 10.
People are really giving a crap about alleged coverage grades in a game where KC did absolutely nothing on offense and only put up the majority of their yards on garbage time? Lol.
Are we talking about daffodils and lilies, or are we discussing reality? Because the assertion was made that White was “excellent” in coverage in his three playoff games. The reality is he was “excellent” in one of those three games.
White gave up 7 receptions on 11 targets for 95 yards, which is 13.6 yards/reception, against the Chiefs. That isn’t “excellent” coverage. His interception, which was a very good play, is the only reason his grade wasn’t worse. Just because he made one really good play doesn’t mean you ignore the other plays that weren’t so good.
Nah, the Bucs switched White with LVD to do the coverage. LVD stopped Kelce twice during the game! White got that INT at the end of the game with another Buc in the same vicinity.
I wanted White 5th overall too and his coverage in college looked good only because they didn’t want to attack him. His first year was exposed, sadly. This year was bad again, but he did improve in the playoffs. Against the Saints, Brees had no arm and made it easier for White to play coverage because there’s a limit to where Brees can throw.
All I care about is White improving his coverage skills. People forget that LVD was basically the man in his rookie year and became superman the following year.
I just have a hard time caring when the entire defense was on fire that night. If his coverage was that bad then KC is dumb for not just going at him over and again.
FWIW, White was the second-most targeted defender on the team. But with Mahomes running for his life most of the night, it’s tough to know what their actual plan was. The DL pressure was excellent, which helped the back-end look good. That’s great team defense, which doesn’t necessarily mean every individual player on defense played great. But as unit, they were great.
Our gameplan was to let them run and pass in the short/intermediate range, and that clearly doesn’t help the LBs, especially against a monster like Travis Kelce who can beat even CBs in man coverage. Anyway, White was mainly sent to cover the RB, and he did his good job. His top skills are speed and tackle, even if sometimes takes bad angles, but nobody can negate his growth even in coverage.
He probably will never be Fred Warner but can only get better with time.
By the way, I hated his pick at 5, I would have taken Josh Allen, but White is one of the reason we won our second SB, so I was clearly wrong.
I don’t think you understand the concept of improving. You need to identify weakness(es). Either you improve or someone else can take your spot to solidify the chink in the armor.
I wanted White 5th overall and saw him as the heir apparent for LVD. I miscalculated on White’s coverage skills. I can admit that. 2019 reveals that. 2020 regular season shows that again. Once LVD retires as a Buc, then it’s all on White. Can White do that LVD does? I hope so, but we gotta see consistent improvement.
What makes White’s situation different for us Buc fans is the fact we have LVD on our roster. LVD was a 2nd round pick who was the man in his rookie year and became superman in his sophomore season with us. That’s the standard many of us have for an LB.
My question is, “Why don’t other fans want to have that standard to compare with?”
Brady is a high standard. He’ll be the standard for us from now on at QB if you thought Winston was the franchise. Being an FSU fan, I wanted Winston with the Bucs. But when I watched Gruden’s camp, Gruden identified a few flaws with Winston: 1) never throws to the check-down, 2) have a favorite receiver, and 3) always thinks every route is open for his favorite receiver. I didn’t want to believe it, but it all showed in Winston’s rookie year. When your head coach commands Winston to throw to other WR’s besides Evans, then you know Winston’s flaws all existed. Remember Winston’s first pass was a pick-6. That means Winston didn’t pay attention to the defense post-snap.
We won the Super Bowl due to great team play. I want to continue being in the Super Bowl conversations from now on. White improving his coverage skills makes it so much to be in that conversation into the future.
Many of us on here adhere to nuance. Apparently, you aren’t cognizant there’s a difference between being critical and being obnoxious.
Nothing to do with rooting against the team. But the real reason the Bucs won these games and what media, announcers, analysts say the reason is are two different things.
Bucs were driven this post-season by the offensive line and secondary. White gave up big chunks with poor zone awareness, losing contain when he had it in the scheme and poor run fits because of slow processing. But he catches a pick in a hail mary-esque situation and some pundits say he should have been the MVP. It’s just bad analysis.
On Fournette’s long TD not only were the Chiefs 1. not ready 2. misaligned, but everyone didn’t just win their block, they wiped the Chiefs off the screen. But the analysis is “playoff Lenny”
If you don’t think toward the end of the 3rd quarter, and the 4th the Bucs were ok with giving up some first downs to let Kansas City work that clock, then you don’t know very much about football. Y’all call look at your statistics all you want, I go with my eyes, and that boy White is a baller.
hebis not the best but he has huge upside! he was much better in the second part of the season, but he was huge in the playoffs. that‘s gonna give him a boost! as long as lavonte plays we‘re more than good on LBs