Even more costly: David fined for late hit on Jets QB
TAMPA -- As if knowing his mistake cost the Bucs a last-minute victory wasn't hard enough, linebacker Lavonte David confirmed Thursday that his last-minute hit on Jets QB Geno Smith resulted in not only a 15-yard penalty (leading to the game-winning field goal), but a fine from the NFL as well.
David confirmed what NFL.com writer Ian Rapaport first reported Thursday -- a fine of $7,875 -- and said he intends to appeal the fine, saying it surprised him, but he understands it's a risk given the league's care with protecting quarterbacks.
"I did surprise me, actually. But ... you get a personal foul on a quarterback, I guess that's the consequences," David said.
The Bucs had taken a 17-15 lead on a Rian Lindell field goal with 34 seconds to play, but David's contact on Smith as he scrambled out of bounds made it a much shorter kick -- Nick Folk connected on a 48-yard kick with two seconds left for an 18-17 Bucs loss.
David said he's gotten good support from his teammates, but said he had to move past the setback, just as the team stresses the importance of players putting wins and losses behind them after games.
"It's a disappointment. That was Sunday. Came in Monday with a whole new mindset, looking forward this week to play against the Saints," he said.
David said the Saints offense presents a big challenge for the Bucs' defense, saying that QB Drew Brees is a future Hall of Famer and he learned a lot from two losses to New Orleans last season. Brees threw for a combined 684 yards in the two wins, with eight touchdown passes and only one interception.
"If you give him some seams, he's going to pick you apart," he said. "You have to be more disciplined in your assignments. One things we've been doing is communicating, keep that level on the field ... hopefully that can transfer over to the game."