The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have more talent than their 4-11 record would indicate, and that was validated on Friday evening when Gerald McCoy and Darrelle Revis were announced as Pro Bowlers.
But there should have been a third Pro Bowler from the Buccaneers, and his absence from the roster is turning heads in Tampa Bay and and across the nation.
As Ira Kaufman points out, Lavonte David is in rare company with the numbers he has posted this season. David has made an impact as a pass rusher, run stopper, and pass defender while racking up tackles for loss and key tackles to prevent first downs every single week.
There are not six linebackers in the NFL better than David, and there are especially not six outside linebackers better than the second-year man from Nebraska. David literally can do it all, and has the numbers to prove it.
Unfortunately, the Buccaneers have a poor record, and not many eyes have had a chance to see what David is doing this season. But there is no doubt in my mind that David was the biggest snub for the Pro Bowl.
There are arguments that can be made to justify Lavonte David as a contender for Defensive Player of the Year. But apparently Pro Bowl voters simply haven’t browsed through the stats to see just how good he’s been this season.