The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have finished 4-12, but that doesn’t mean their roster was missing talented players. In fact, they had a handful of players who could be considered among the best at their positions, and the accolades are just starting to roll in for those players.
Doug Farrar of SI.com’s “Audibles” has named Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David to his All-Pro teams. Here’s what he had to say about each.
- McCoy was an absolute diamond throughout the Buccaneers’ dismal season — he amassed 54 total pressures and was very strong against the run.
- David was the best combination of pass pressure and run-stopping at his position…
And while a case can be made that Darrelle Revis should be an All-Pro at cornerback as well, I believe Farrar got it right by honoring these two Buccaneers with All Pro recognition.
Gerald McCoy was unstoppable all season, breaking through double teams and succeeding despite a flawed defensive system. He finished with nine sacks, but had plenty of pressures and QB hits which made him more of a disrupting force than his sack total suggests.
As for David, his season was almost good enough to merit consideration for Defensive Player of the Year. The second-year linebacker hauled in interceptions, sacked the quarterback, and was dominant against the run and pass as a tackler. In fact, he set a record in Pro Football Focus’ six-year-old database:
Lavonte David's 80 defensive stops are the most since we started charting in 2008
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) December 28, 2013
Stops are defined by PFF as preventing a successful play by the opponent, so that means tackles for loss, sacks, and preventing first downs and key gains to help create favorable field position.
David had an amazing season, and it will be interesting to see how he’ll perform under a new head coach in 2014 with yet another year of experience under his belt.
And it makes you wonder how he wasn’t voted into the Pro Bowl.