Mark Barron, Ronde Barber forging a quick bond for Bucs

AP

The Buccaneers thought Mark Barron was a mature playmaker when they drafted him seventh overall.

But just to make sure, they’re placing him next to Ronde Barber to make sure his education is complete.

The young and old of the Bucs defense is off to a quick start, impressing coaches with the way they’re working together at safety.

“Ronde understands the principles of football so well and we couldn’t have a better situation as far as a guy like Mark being with a guy like Ronde,” Bucs defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan told Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune. “Mark’s a real smart kid coming from a great system and Ronde’s doing the majority of our orchestrating back there. There’s a nice little chemistry developing between the two.”

Of course, Barber’s making a bit of an adjustment himself, moving inside to safety after 15 years at cornerback, giving him something to prove as well.

“I want to play and I want to win,” the 37-year-old Barber said. “It’s not often you get to find new challenges in your 16th year, new opportunities to prove yourself.”

Getting the two together will hopefully be one of the first steps toward fixing a defense that allowed the most points in franchise history, and will allow Barber to pass the torch to the next generation of leadership.

7 responses to “Mark Barron, Ronde Barber forging a quick bond for Bucs

  1. This may be the best bucs safety tandem… Ever. Don’t get me wrong I’m not discounting the John Lynch years but he only ever had dexter Jackson, and later Dwight Smith. I know I’m speaking too soon but this group gets me excited. No more long balls!

    Go bucs

  2. This is exactly why they wanted Ronde back. He is the only link from our yesteryears of greatness that can help embark the next era. The sun hasn’t even risen on what’s happening in Tampa

  3. Ronde, unlike Warren Sapp, will definitely be in the HOF, because unlike Sapp, Ronde is a great leader and person on top of being a great player. So very glad Barron gets to learn from a guy with so much knowledge and leadership.

  4. This tandem is good but what if ‘we’ were to get the Honey Badger next draft! Imagine those two for the next decade at the safety positions, everyone would have to run the ball or short routes aka west coast offensive game.

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