Buccaneers’ 2015 Team Report Card

Jan 3, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) calls out coverage in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Buccaneers 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) calls out coverage in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Buccaneers 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 27, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) and teammates runs out of the tunnel before the game against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 27, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) and teammates runs out of the tunnel before the game against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Linebackers: C+

Lavonte David hit his stride in his fourth season posting forcing two fumbles, recovering two, and three sacks to go along with a team-high 147 tackles. Rookie Kwon Alexander was right behind him with 93 tackles and three sacks of his own. However, no other linebackers posted a significant performance, and Danny Lansanah actually dropped off the pace a bit, down to 55 tackles and one sack.

They also must take a hit for the problems in pass defense. The top Pro Football Focus grade for a linebacker was Lansanah with a 2.1. Nobody else posted a positive figure. This group has to get better against the pass, as does the rest of the Buccaneers’ defense.

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