(AUDIO) Lavonte David: It Was the Heat of the Battle, I Just Wanted to Make Sure I Got Geno Smith Out of Bounds
Every Tuesday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David joins Booger and Rich. Today David talked about his personal foul late hit on Jets QB Geno Smith that lead to go ahead field goal near the end of the 4th quarter in Sunday’s loss.
David said during the play he saw Geno Smith break out of the pocket and wanted to prevent him from cutting up field like he did earlier in the game so he pushed him out of bounds. David said he didn’t think he was already out of bonds when he pushed him and was in the heat of battle and was just trying to prevent a big play.
David said his teammates and coaches have been very supportive and reminded him that he had a good game before that play. David did say that he hopes that officials in the future can make the sure the player is out of bonds before flagging players for late hits.
David complimented Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron on their hits and communication behind him. David said Goldson’s outstanding play didn’t surprise him at all. He knew this was coming since training camp.
With such a close loss, David said that on the plane ride home, he and other Buccaneers felt like the team left a win out on the field but did say that there are 15 more games and the team is accountable and plans to improve against the New Orleans Saints in Week 2. David said he’s going back to the film room to make sure he’s prepared for the gameplan against Drew Brees.