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Ronde Barber: I don’t know what we’ll see from the new Bucs

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Ronde Barber has been with the Buccaneers longer than any other player, preparing for his 16th season and his 200th consecutive start on Sunday. And he says he doesn’t know what to expect.

Barber told the Tampa Tribune that with a new coaching staff significantly changing things, he’s as interested as anyone in seeing what the Bucs look like when they take the field on Sunday.

“This is one of the few years, where I can’t say for certain, because I really don’t know how these coaches work yet and I don’t know how we’re going to respond to adversity under this new system,” Barber said. “Obviously, we’ve been trained to deal with it, but I was so comfortable in everything we had here before – the way the defense played, what the offense was doing. I don’t know any of that right now. I’m figuring it out day to day.”

Barber said he believes there are good players on the Bucs, but he doesn’t know if there are enough of them.

“I am cautiously optimistic, because I know we have the talent, especially the front-line, first-team guys,” Barber said. “But we have to be a deep team that understands its roles. Are we there yet? I can’t say for sure.”

Not exactly an enthusiastic endorsement. But an honest assessment.

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21 Responses to “Ronde Barber: I don’t know what we’ll see from the new Bucs”
  1. thedownwardspiral says: Sep 8, 2012 9:01 AM

    I can fathom a guess!

    Ineptitude… Incompetence…confusion…an empty stadium. You know, just like the old Bucs.

  2. nflfollower says: Sep 8, 2012 9:19 AM

    Because he’s old enough and wise enough to realize a new rah rah rah college style coach doesn’t always translate to NFL success with grown men, playing against other grown men who are all fighting like mad for their livelihood or that next big contract for the elite ones. This isn’t college football. And that’s not to say Schiano’s style won’t work, it sound a lot more promising than the last one. But Ronde has seen a lot of styles come and go in his time.

  3. buchopeful says: Sep 8, 2012 9:58 AM

    If I were to put a comment like that first one, it gets deleted….whats the deal?

    Ronde is a first ballet H.O.F. and the Bucs have the talent..last year the coaching staff was a let down and the team quit… that talent will rise to the top under this staff.

  4. i10east says: Sep 8, 2012 10:02 AM

    The Bay Area fans that want to watch the Bucs on TV during those eight home games will ‘see’ re-run sitcoms instead of their team playing football. I know that Berman loves you Tampa, but don’t think that you are above a possible relocation if this paltry attendance becomes an ongoing problem; Bigger cities have had their NFL team relocated, like LA and Houston.

  5. buchopeful says: Sep 8, 2012 10:19 AM

    They cant relocate for many years to come, its in the stadium contract with Hillsborough county…..

  6. milkmandanimal says: Sep 8, 2012 10:25 AM

    Teams don’t relocate because of attendance issues, they relocate because they have lousy stadiums. Tampa has a phenomenal stadium, and a very sweet financial deal for the revenues of that stadium; they make boatloads of money, even if the games aren’t sold out. The Bucs aren’t going anywhere, it’s a very profitable franchise.

  7. bucingnasty says: Sep 8, 2012 10:25 AM

    Good luck trying to break the contract that has us in Tampa till 20twenty something.

  8. bunjy96 says: Sep 8, 2012 11:02 AM

    “nflfollower says: Sep 8, 2012 9:19 AM

    Because he’s old enough and wise enough to realize a new rah rah rah college style coach doesn’t always translate to NFL success with grown men, playing against other grown men who are all fighting like mad for their livelihood or that next big contract for the elite ones. This isn’t college football. And that’s not to say Schiano’s style won’t work, it sound a lot more promising than the last one. But Ronde has seen a lot of styles come and go in his time.”

    +++++++++
    From everything I’ve read, the rah rah left with Morris.

    Schiano is definitely not a rah rah coach by any definition.

    Where did you get the idea that he was? He appears to be the same “style” as Tomlin, Coughlin and Belechick.

  9. professorcolumbus says: Sep 8, 2012 11:19 AM

    buchopeful is 100% correct about the whimsical comment filer guy. My comments go through like 20% of the time.

    Ronde knows they CAN do it. They were right on track in 2010. Not THAT much has changed on the primary roster since then; if anything they have gotten better talent-wise.
    It’s just that any time there is a completely knew system and staff, there is almost no way to tell how it is going to work out against other NFL teams.
    Ronde is also going to be such a better analyst than Tiki was when he retires. OR he will be too smart to do that job.

  10. bluefan204 says: Sep 8, 2012 11:20 AM

    buchopeful says: Sep 8, 2012 10:19 AM

    They cant relocate for many years to come, its in the stadium contract with Hillsborough county…..

    You really believe that, dont you? Everything has a price, and contracts were made to be broken if the price is high enough. Teams are businesses, and if they dont make money, they’ll move somewhere where they will. You think the Rays are locked into the St Pete deal? Watch what happens in the next few years, when they’ll either move to Hillsborough, or they’ll leave the area completely. Contracts dont mean squat.

  11. legacybroken says: Sep 8, 2012 11:22 AM

    Bucs are in Tampa through 2025 at the minimum unless the Glazers want to be sued into oblivion by Hillsborough county.

  12. tyelee says: Sep 8, 2012 11:23 AM

    It is so refreshing and honorable when someone gives a realistic answer about their team’s season rather than give the usual “homer” answer then the season reveals that they were just blowing smoke!

  13. sensiblebuc says: Sep 8, 2012 11:37 AM

    milkmandanimal’s post pretty much destroys that argument.

    The Rays want to leave because the Trop is terrible and the franchise is hemorrhaging money. Conversely, the Bucs are the 19th most valuable NFL franchise (worth a little over $1 billion), made $44 million in profit last season, have an established season ticket fanbase (roughly 35-40K), play in a relatively new & beautiful stadium that was completely paid for by the local populace, parking, concessions, etc., etc.

    Bottom line: The Glazers have millions of reasons to stay right where they are.

  14. censorshipisbad says: Sep 8, 2012 12:36 PM

    First things first. Ronde never says anything substantial, he “toes the line” with every statement. With any successful team, depth is critical and the Bucs severely lack it. Quality depth creates competition at the position, eases the affect of injuries and allows for rotation of players during a game.

    I think Schiano will be fine, he inherited a real pile of crap. He has some NFL experience and has seen the mistakes other college coaches have made. Plus he has a reasonably solid staff. Raheem could only dream of a decent staff (they fired OC and DC and never replaced them) because who would go to work for such a young HC?

    Now for the rest that feel the need to bring up attendance:
    Bucs and Rays are not going anywhere soon. Same with any team that has a stadium built with taxpayer money (at least I hope the municipalities were smart enough to figure that out). So, stop the rhetoric! And anyone who thinks the Rays should mover to Tampa, try selling out a Buc’s game before you bring in a team with an 81 game home schedule.

    Furthermore, the Gazers and Steinberg ARE making money.

  15. astrosfan75956 says: Sep 8, 2012 12:48 PM

    Ronde hang it up and go straight to Canton, my man.

  16. tatum064 says: Sep 8, 2012 12:52 PM

    Ronde has a right to feel ambivalent. He’s seen a popular coach leave, then an energetic firey coach inherit a defensive stalwart team, con the starting QB into a game manager, win a Super Bowl, then take on a firey young coach – that had a bunch of high draft picks but somewhat underachieving year following an overachieving year.

    Now you have a rah-rah head coach that is taking on a talented yet very volatile young team, and some of the stuff rubbed “bad baggage type players” the wrong way …. we’ll see how “Camp Schiano” works. – that Panther game could get VERY ugly – the discipline and composure will be tested, for certain.

  17. jimmy53 says: Sep 8, 2012 1:52 PM

    nflfollower, apparently doesn’t follow the NFL that well or he would know that Schiano is far from a “rah rah college coach.” He actually does have nfl experience, and is nothing like the Pete Carrolls of the world—if anything he emulates Belichick more than anyone else.

  18. pftcensorssuck says: Sep 8, 2012 1:55 PM

    buchopeful says:Sep 8, 2012 9:58 AM

    If I were to put a comment like that first one, it gets deleted….whats the deal?

    Ronde is a first ballet H.O.F.
    ———————————————————-

    Based on WHAT?????

    They don’t just put you in the HOF for lasting 16 seasons.

  19. uwachampion says: Sep 8, 2012 2:01 PM

    (1) Barber has a right to wonder. They drafted a Safety and then move Barber to the safety slot. (2) All the “Bucs Fans” on here need to get real. All the talk of how The Bucs wont move and cant move yada yada….They cant even sell out the Home Opener against one of if not their biggest rival. But the “fans” ar the same idiots that will sit their fat asses in the a/c and stream the game online instead of not being cheep and actually going and paying to support the team they supposedly love.

  20. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 8, 2012 10:20 PM

    Get the impression Ronde is not on board with the new coaches. Would be fine with Ronde to go back to last years approach of losing every game.

  21. pb420 says: Sep 9, 2012 4:15 AM

    @pftsensorssuck:

    Based on what you ask? Oh I don’t know, maybe it’s the 27 sacks, 43 ints, 15 ffs, and over 1100 tackles in his career. Try doing homework before making ridiculous comments.
    That’s typical of this site’s writers, censors, and some of the commenters though. Such unwarranted hatred for the Bucs and the wishes of some for the Bucs to move. It’s not going to happen no matter how much you wish for it. They are way too profitable and popular within the community, and those of us here that are fans know it. Much of this ranting I’ve noticed comes from Northeastern teams, particularly Philly and the NYG. How about you worry about your own teams? And if you are so upset about the true fans here in Tampa and think we’re undeserving of a team than GTFO. And if your team put up the horrendous season that we had to endure last I wonder how many of your pasty white, fat asses would really be in the stands. Bucs will turn heads and start selling out again. When that happens you can go back to worrying about your own respective urban hellholes, we’ll be doing just fine down here believe me.

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