Barber Says Rams’ Game Plan Helped BucsOctober 26th, 2010
Were the Rams outcoached?
It seems Ronde Barber might think so. He chatted with talented NFL.com blogger Jenna Laine and offered up this nugget on the Bucs slowing the Rams running game in the second half.
In the second half, Jackson was limited to just 40 yards, with 13 different Bucs defenders taking him down. Barber and Ruud each recorded six tackles to help slow down the Rams’ new all-time rushing leader.
Barber was particularly effective in the box and helping the guys up front, especially in the the middle. Of the six tackles he made on Jackson, only one was made after allowing 4 yards or more.
According to Barber, his play up front, rather than playing deep was the result of Bradford and the Rams’ offense not utilizing enough passing plays.
“They turn around and hand the ball off 30 times and put up 200 and say, ‘You know what? We don’t need our rookie quarterback to beat this team. We’re going to let Steven Jackson do it.’ That was the feeling anyway,” said Barber, who finished the game with 9 solo tackles and an assist.
“There were a lot of short throws and a lot of safe throws for him. It worked to our advantage,” Barber added, also noting that Bradford looks “spectacular” on film for a young quarterback.
Joe, too, was surprised how conservative the Rams were with Bradford, although with a ball-hawking secondary like the Bucs have, it probably wasn’t a bad idea. Plus Aqib Talib could have had at least one interception anyway, and Bradford was hardly accurate on the short balls. So the hindsight probably is just that.
Joe wants to point out that Barber leads the Bucs with 33 solo tackles, which is pretty damn stunning for a guy his size and his age.