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Ronde Barber’s Future

December 30, 2011 at 02:33pm by Scott   •  8 Comments »

Stop looking at the scoreboard, Ronde. You'll feel better.
Most of the talk today is on Ronde Barber‘s response to the question as to whether he is coming back and if Raheem Morris‘s status as coach has anything to do with it.

“I would be lying if I didn’t say that,” Barber said when asked if his future was linked to Morris’. “That’s somewhat true. But we’ll see. Ideally, I’d love to be back and play with (Morris), and (secondary coach) Jimmy (Lake) and (linebackers coach) Joe Baker. They’re great coaches and they’re fun to be around. They understand me and I understand them. So I imagine that will have something to do with it.”

It’s kind of funny that I’d like the oldest player on the team to stay for his playmaking and not for his veteran leadership. Ronde has missed some tackles this season just like EVERYONE else, but he’s still one of the most solid guys on the team in that department. But as far as leadership goes, he’s never been the guy you’d turn to hear the rallying cry for the team to get its collective ass in gear. Hell, he’s pretty sure the team has given up on Morris.

“… I have lots of good opinions about Rah. He’s a good friend of mine and I want well for him. He deserves a team that plays its (butt) off for him, to be honest with you, guys that care about winning football, because that’s what good coaches have.”

The implication, of course, is that this particular team is not playing its ass off for Morris. He’s right, but I don’t know if that’s what you want to hear from your leader when there is still a game left to play. The frustration has got to be getting to him, but shit, don’t sound like you’ve given up until the final game is over.

Whether he stays or goes, there has got to be an infusion of some talented cornerback blood into the team in the offseason. Aqib Talib may go to jail or get suspended and even if he doesn’t he has a hard time staying healthy, and even if he stays healthy we don’t know if he’ll respond any better to another coach. E.J. Biggers gets burned as often as he makes plays. Myron Lewis hasn’t come on as the big bad cornerback he was supposed to be coming out of Vanderbilt. Basically the team would do just as well with a few lawn and leaf trash cans placed around the field and hoping the quarterback accidentally throws the football into one of them.

8 Comments to “Ronde Barber’s Future”

worker b

worker b (December 30, 2011 at 03:57pm:

I hope Ronde comes back but you have to wonder whether a new coaching staff would want him back. He does a lot of good things on the football field, but covering wide receivers isn’t really one of them anymore. It’s got to be a little limiting for a defensive coordinator to try and funnel the action to a cornerback because he’s your best playmaker.


campyone (December 30, 2011 at 11:20pm:

Maybe we need coaches who aren’t so much fun to be around. I don’t remember any player ever saying Vince Lombardi or Bill Parcells were fun to be around. Of course they never had a 4-12 team either. Hey, wait a minute. Maybe there’s a connection there.


RustyRhino (December 31, 2011 at 01:03pm:

Just like it was 55’s time to go, so we could remember the great things he did for our team. And not the limping former shell of himself we where seeing more and more of. I am a fan of barbers don’t get me wrong. I was in Charlotte when he became the first cb with 20 ints & 20 sacks, I won’t ever forget it. But father time has no snooze button. I hope Ronde retires on his terms. Will it be another hole to fill in our already porous defense. Yes it will be. If I had my way Ronde would slide into the coaching staff. Would he be good at that? Who knows. But at least we give him that opportunity to try it out.

Mark S

Mark S (January 01, 2012 at 05:52pm:

The players keep saying nice things about Raheem, but I am listening to their play. Goodbye Raheem.

This team reminds me a lot of last year’s 49ers team. We get a good coaching staff in place and the talent will re-emerge.


manbearpig (January 01, 2012 at 07:55pm:

I agree mark. I was a big defender of Morris but I can’t do it anymore. Hopefully they end up with a great coach that can kick these kids in the pants. Maybe the Glazers can beg Brooks to come coach the linebackers. They have the physical tools but look completely lost and timid.

worker b

worker b (January 02, 2012 at 09:41am:

The linebackers are a lost cause, I think. So is the secondary. I’ve never watched such a bad team as these past ten games, and I’ve been following the Bucs since Leeman Bennett was coach. I can’t imagine that even the 1976 team was worse. 42-7 at halftime.


DanishBucs (January 02, 2012 at 12:19pm:

Rah’s done! It’s going to be an interesting offseason.


Louie (January 02, 2012 at 01:04pm:

The Glazers created this mess 3 years ago, now lets see how wisely they proceed this time. I hope they learned something after that fiasco!

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