Even Buccaneers captain Lavonte David didn’t get “eat a w.”
Lavonte David is like a dad on the Buccaneers. Veteran status is one thing, but more than that, he is the type of player that will support you through almost anything. He calls it as he sees it, as a captain and leader should, and he is now extending that tough love to former teammate, Jameis Winston.
Every past teammate of Jameis speaks nothing but the best of him. Even his current teammates in New Orleans indicate that they favor him in the quarterback race over Taysom Hill, and that is a testament to the type of competitor and leader that Jameis is.
Unfortunately, even with the mountain of positive support and respect, there are still moments that stick out during Winston’s career that had all of us saying, “huh?”
“Eat a W” was one of those moments.
Perhaps it was the hand gestures that went along with the saying. It could have been beating the Bucs took after the speech was made. Regardless of what it was, “eat a W” will live infamously in Buccaneer history.
For us fans, this was a strange moment that didn’t resonate, but still, it was for the players, not us. It clearly didn’t accomplish the primary goal, as all the Bucs ate that night was a massive “L,” but the argument still stood that it wasn’t meant for us.
According to Lavonte David, the enthusiastic pre-game speech didn’t resonate well with the players either.
As David pointed out in this interview with The Undefeated, the speech was likely made worse by the loss. Had the Bucs won this bout, the history books may look different.
Unfortunately, the fact remains that if you’re a captain giving a speech and Lavonte David is caught off guard, this is an issue. David is the type of player that if he is asking questions about your actions, the impact is very different than the intent.
Lavonte David had nothing but good things to say about his former quarterback, but he was still right when saying that legacy of that night will follow Winston for a long time, right or wrong.
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