Linebacker Lavonte David is one of the Buccaneers' best players, but an ill-timed lapse in judgment cost Tampa Bay a Week 1 win over the New York Jets. Moments after the Bucs scored the go-ahead field goal and with 38 seconds left on the clock, Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith scrambled down the right side before going out of bounds near the Bucs' 45 -- where he was promptly hit by David.
After the game, David sounded surprised that he was flagged.
Bucs LB Lavonte David was surprised at late hit flag. "Shit. They just called the flag, I don't know what to say. I guess I hit him late."— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) September 8, 2013
Meanwhile, Rex Ryan lives to fight another week.