Buccaneers: Shannon Sharpe is dead wrong on Lavonte David

Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Shannon Sharpe(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Shannon Sharpe(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Shannon Sharpe is painfully wrong about Lavonte David.

Shannon Sharpe was an unreal football player and is a very entertaining sports personality, but his take on Lavonte David on Undisputed was way off.

For those who have not yet seen the segment, check it out here. Sharpe took issue with David’s comments after winning the Super Bowl versus the Chiefs. He said that he hasn’t heard David talk like that after the losses this year and during the past nine seasons that the Buccaneer captain was in the NFL, so why would he now?

This may be a slightly reductive way of looking at it, and Sharpe did make some good points about it being far more impressive to talk trash before the game rather than after. Still, he has to understand the circumstances changed dramatically.

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Sharpe pointed out that David was largely silent after the regular-season loss against the Chiefs. For the record, that loss was a tough one, primarily due to how quickly Mahomes and his offense dismantled the Buccaneer defense in the first half.

As the captain of the defense, what does Sharpe expect David to say? ‘Yeah, they dominated us in the game, but they still couldn’t match our level.’ Absolutely not. The narrative changes after a win. The story is obviously going to change after a Super Bowl ring. The Bucs beat the Chiefs in a far more convincing fashion than the Chiefs beat the Buccaneers, so what does he expect? The Chiefs, and the rest of the NFL, talked plenty of trash after their win versus the Bucs, why aren’t they talking now?

In addition to the fact that it’s ridiculous for Sharpe to take issue with a defensive captain taking pride in his unit after a massive performance in an underdog win in the Super Bowl, Sharpe has perhaps forgotten his past in similar situations.

Did Sharpe say, “Mr. President, we are going to kill the Patriots” in the most iconic moment of his career? Or was it “Mr. President, we are killin’ the Patriots”? Why wouldn’t he say this before if it has so much more meaning then?

Perhaps the news media needs to stop moving the goalposts for the Buccaneers and simply give the reigning champs the credit they deserve until the start of the next season.

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Lavonte David is undoubtedly going to build on his spectacular season in 2020, and you can believe that comments like this will only bring out a scarier version of one of the best players in the NFL.

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