Posted September 08, 2013

Geno Smith beats Bucs in debut thanks to LaVonte David’s big mistake

AFC East, New York Jets, NFC South, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Geno Smith came away with a team win in his NFL debut, but he had some unexpected help.

Geno Smith came away with a win in his debut, but he had some unexpected help. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The shame about the end of the New York Jets’ 18-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is that second-year linebacker LaVonte David is one of the NFL’s most underrated defenders, and now everybody will know his name for the wrong reason. With 15 seconds left in the game and the Buccaneers up 17-15, Jets quarterback Geno Smith ran from his own 45-yard line to the Tampa Bay 45. As he ran out of bounds, David gave him an extra push and drew a 15-yard personal foul for his trouble. (Find the play below.)

So, with the ball now at the Tampa Bay 30, Jets kicker Nick Folk booted a 48-yard field goal to take the game.

“[Expletive],” David said after the fact. “They just called the flag, I don’t know what to say. I guess I hit him late.”

David also said, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, that he would not have hit Smith if he thought the quarterback was going to go out of bounds.

Outside of the David penalty, the big news in this game was the performance of the Jets rookie quarterback. Smith may have won the starting job by default, but he had some nice moments after an offseason in which he was ripped by some draft analysts, saw his draft stock plummet and had to learn to deal with the 24-7 circus that is the Jets. In his regular-season debut, Smith — who missed crucial preseason time due to injury — completed 24-of-38 passes for 256 yards, a touchdown, an interception and a lost fumble. He had a couple of plays to tight end Kellen Winslow, including a seven-yard touchdown near the end of the first half, and played pretty well overall despite near-constant pressure between the guards.

Former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, traded to Tampa Bay in the offseason, deflected two passes, but didn’t come up with an interception. Smith made news this week by claiming that he hadn’t watched any game film on Revis, relying instead on the injured mark Sanchez and the Jets’ staff for tips on Revis.

David, interestingly enough, also had the lone Smith interception — late in the second quarter, on a pass intended for Stephen Hill. Thus, for both Smith and David, the transformation from hero to goat (and the other way around) was quick and decisive.

14 comments
Mark20
Mark20

Thursday will be the Jets wake up call. That win was a fluke Jets fans, a fluke.

jimmyjon_55555
jimmyjon_55555

lousy call?  you should know better that to hit or push a qb that is borderline out of bounds-  watching the game- it looked like a late hit and again - close enough to NOT do it. 

bottom line:  the jets outplayed the bucs- held them to 12 first downs-250 yards total (amazing number)  held their RB to 60 yards from scrimmage -  (who had 1500 yards last year) and geno threw for 250 yards and ran for 50 more.  yes he had a few mistakes but he was making his first start.  anyway- to say its luck is discrediting the jets defense which looked very good- and also geno who played pretty good for his first start.  the problem is that all these news, sports outlets predicted the jets to lose 20-0 and for geno to look horrible.  now that they looked alot better than the worst team in NFL- all these sports writers are backpeddling.        

GO22JETS
GO22JETS

Good for Geno and the JETS. Geno made some "rookie" mistakes today which I believe he will learn from and correct. Rex is being tamed by the new GM (thank goodness!). Grateful that Mark was not in the game with his standard "rookie" mistakes. More importantly - thank goodness we do not have to hear Marks post  game interviews about how the "team has to improve and get better" vs. how Mark has to get better. Keep it going GENO!

desop1
desop1

David also said, perRick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, that he would not have hit Smith if he thought the quarterback was going to go out of bounds."

Huh??   with 15 seconds left, of course he was going to try to go out of bounds!  It was David's job to try to tackle Smith while he was still IN bounds.


crashtx1
crashtx1

I don't care about either team, but that was a pretty lousy call.

Scramble
Scramble

Flacco gets the crap kicked out of him every year out of bounds with no flags. He even got nailed in the head in the super bowl out of bounds. Not that I wanted the Jets to win, but that was a bad call.

OK
OK

Farrar,

You and Burke sure called it correctly on The Audibles Preseason All-Pro team. Your consensus choice at outside linebacker ... just gave a game to the opposition.

Were SI based on merit, the two of you would be looking for stocking clerk jobs at Wal-Mart bright and early on Monday morning.

Losers!

http://nfl.si.com/2013/09/04/nfl-all-pro-preseason-2013/

Posted September 04, 2013

The Audibles Preseason All-Pro team

By Chris Burke & Doug Farrar 

Outside Linebackers

Consensus: Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Farrar: Ryan Kerrigan, Washington Redskins
Burke: Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers

Farrar: David is the most athletic example of the NFL’s new wave of smaller, faster linebackers, and he’s ready to become the leader of the Bucs’ upgraded defense. Kerrigan had a great season in 2012 without Brian Orakpo as a bookend — look for him to take his place among the elite at his position in 2013.

Burke: Rolling the dice a bit that David, off a stellar rookie year, continues to develop as an all-around linebacker. Matthews missed out on First Team honors last season, despite registering 13 sacks in just 12 games.

struckanerve9
struckanerve9

@crashtx1 In slow motion.  In full speed it looked like he practically tossed him into the stands.  Try watching the game in real time.

Mike26
Mike26

@Scramble No, it was a really stupid play and really easy call for officials.

struckanerve9
struckanerve9

@Mike26 @Scramble Exactly.  In a league where QBs are coddled like porcelain dolls what would you expect?  Besides, if full speed, it looked like a really late hit.