Lavonte David Blunder Costs Buccaneers Game
By Allen Kim
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can’t be feeling good after losing to the New York Jets. The Bucs nearly had the game wrapped up late in the fourth quarter, but LB Lavonte David essentially handed the game over to the Jets.
The Jets had no timeouts left and plenty of yards left to go, but with less than 10 seconds left to play in the game, David was flagged with a penalty after he hit rookie QB Geno Smith on a scramble while he was clearly out of bounds. That late hit resulted in a 15-yard penalty that set up K Nick Folk for a 48-yard field that he hit with two seconds left on the clock.
"I don't know what to say," David said. "They called a flag. I guess I hit him out of bounds. Everybody told to me to keep my head up. All the guys in here were very supportive."
"It was a good job by (Smith), walking the tightrope and getting hit,” said Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano. “It's smart, a good play. Lavonte plays at a high speed and plays all out. Unfortunately, that got him that time."
The Jets ended up winning the game 18-17, and while it wasn’t pretty, they still walked away with the W.