Rookie linebacker Lavonte David has a lot invested in him when it comes to how the Bucs are viewing this defense in the future. That was personified on Sunday by the fact that acted as the defensive play caller in the 16-10 win over the Cam Newton led Carolina Panthers.
Usually, MLB Mason Foster acts as the communicator between the sidelines and the defensive huddle, but those duties were handed to the rookie on Sunday and it ended up working our nicely. This move wasn’t a slight against Foster, as the second year linebacker is a massive part of the Bucs future as well, but David is going to be his running mate.
Think Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher.
The result of having David run the defense to a certain extend was a brilliant and crazy move. Not only was Schiano and company putting massive faith in the second round pick, but they were letting the rest of the defense know that all previous roles mean nothing in this new regime.
Even a rookie can run the plays in from the sideline, so anything is possible now.
There’s no word on whether or not Foster will reclaim the play calling duties next week against the Giants, but the fact that the role is possibly being passed around the defense shows that the knowledge of the playbook is serious, as is the faith in the future players of this defense. It also shows that David might be the future leader of this squad and a loud voice in the locker room.
And after last year, having smart, young players actually taking this team seriously is something to be proud of.