Bucs had 'a lot of turmoil' going on this season, star linebacker says

Bucs had 'a lot of turmoil' going on this season, star linebacker says

01/24/2022

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Following the Buccaneers’ heartbreaking 30-27 loss to the Rams in the divisional round of the playoffs on Sunday night, Tampa Bay’s star linebacker Lavonte David revealed that the team was dealing with a handful of issues behind closed doors.

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TAMPA, FLORIDA – JANUARY 23: Lavonte David #54 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts after getting a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 23, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.
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“We had some mishaps here and there, guys bump heads. We had a lot of turmoil going on in our organization,” David said, via The Associated Press. “Guys getting injured, guys who were a huge part of our success.”

TAMPA, FLORIDA – JANUARY 23: Devin White #45 and Lavonte David #54 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defend as Cam Akers #23 of the Los Angeles Rams runs with the ball in the second quarter of the game in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 23, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.
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Tampa Bay’s season came to an end, despite also pulling off a comeback for the ages.

Brady and the Bucs trailed 27-3 in the second half, but with the help of three Rams turnovers, Tampa Bay battled back and tied the game with 42 seconds left in the fourth when running back Leonard Fournette punched in a 9-yard TD run on fourth-and-inches.

The Bucs, however, never got the ball back on offense.

TAMPA, FLORIDA – JANUARY 23: Lavonte David #54 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts with teammates after getting a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 23, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

On the Rams’ ensuing drive, Los Angeles quarterback Matthew Stafford completed a 20-yard strike to wide receiver Cooper Kupp, which set up a 44-yard pass-and-catch to Kupp before Matt Gay’s game-winning field goal.

Brady completed 30 of 54 passes for 329 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked three times and lost a fumble.

As Tampa Bay enters the offseason, the question that looms is if Brady will return for a third year with the Bucs.

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