David on Alexander's enthusiasm: 'Can't even get him to shut up'
The Bucs got back together as a team for the first time last week for the start of offseason conditioning, and linebacker Lavonte David said he's been excited to be surrounded by players as motivated to win as he is.
"Every year I've been here, I've felt like we were a playoff team, but we never got a chance to put it all together," David said Wednesday. "But that's now in the past. I feel like we have guys in place to accomplish that. We have a lot of talented players on this football team, and it's not just me that's really hungry and eager to get there. Our young guys are working out every day, battling their butt off and trying to learn as much as they can. Our main goal is to win the division and get into the playoffs."
A prime culprit among those young guys putting in the hard work now to be prepared in September is second-year linebacker Kwon Alexander, who is motivated to build on a promising rookie season as the Bucs' starting middle linebacker.
"He's the main one. Can't even get him to shut up," David said with a smile. "He's talking all day, all day. We're kind of always around each other, so I've got to hear him talking all day. 'You've got to chill.' That's just how he is. That's the excitement that we have."
And as Alexander said last week, David said he can already appreciate the experience that Daryl Smith will bring to the Bucs linebackers, signing as a free agent with not only a wealth of NFL experience, but time spent in new Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme.
"You can tell he's played in the league a long time," David said. "He's just a laidback, cool, savvy guy. This defense he played in for seven years in Jacksonville. While we're going over things, he's throwing his input in there, and every time he says something, it's correct. We're picking his brain also."
David made his first Pro Bowl this past season and is working hard to earn his way to another Pro Bowl. Asked about the possibility that game could be played in Orlando, which is bidding to give the game a new home, he made it clear he wouldn't mind it staying where it is.
"It would be cool (in Orlando), but I love Hawaii," he said. "Hawaii was a great experience for me and my family. If it's in Orlando, it's right in my backyard and I've been in Orlando plenty of times."