What is wrong with Lavonte David? As JoeBucsFan points out, the Bucs outside linebacker has just twelve solo tackles through four games, put up two today and hasn't been the player we're used to seeing. He's had at least two dropped interceptions this season, including what could have been a game-changing one today, and has yet to make an impact play this season. All of that after signing a five-year, $50 million contract this offseason.
David has topped 100 solo tackles in each of his first three seasons in the league, even last season -- when he missed two games with injury and saw his impact plays decrease dramatically as Lovie Smith's defense leaves him less room for big plays. This year, he's on pace for just 48 solo tackles -- less than half of what he'd get in a normal year. Not that tackles are a great way to measure a player's impact, but this is a particularly stark contrast.
It's not all bad, though. He does have three passes defensed on the year, which puts him on pace for twelve on the season -- that would be a new high for David, who has looked good in coverage so far this season. But his impact in the run game is missing, and the Bucs have felt it -- he was one of the players who was out of his gap far too often in last week's meltdown, and I'd be surprised if he was perfect today. And it's not like Kwon Alexander has been taking away all those solo tackles: he has just 15 on the year himself.
Unless things change quickly (and we keep saying that a lot about the Bucs), this will be the first year Lavonte David won't be complaining about a snub. He'll be at home for the Pro Bowl all by his own doing.