THE PESSIMIST: Ronde Dogged ItSeptember 28th, 2008
Yeah. Yeah. We all know that Ronde Barber is a superstar, a likely Hall of Famer. Blah. Blah. A cornerstone of the Bucs’ D for years.
But the reality is that Ronde was beaten badly against New Orleans, was skewered multiple times against the Bears, and against the Packers today he fell down in coverage and allowed a first-quarter touchdown.
Worse, Barber gave up on the play after getting up from the fall. Who the hell gives up on a play on the opening drive?
Look at the tape. Barber falls. Greg Jennings gets behind him. Barber gets up. Jennings makes the catch. Barber puts on the brakes.
If Gruden and Kiffin have any guts, they’ll fine Barber for dogging it. Nobody’s above the team and exempt from giving 100 percent.
And whoever stole Barber’s shoes and swapped them with Dexter Jackson’s, please return them. It’s not funny.