Ronde Seeing Mistakes In PracticeAugust 10th, 2011
Nobody in the world should be surprised that young guys Mason Foster and Tyrone McKenzie have a learning curve at middle linebacker when compared to Barrett Ruud.
It’s a given that rockstar general manager new that was coming but felt it was worth sending Ruud packing.
However, it’s still unsettling to hear Ronde Barber talking about growing pains in the middle, as he did yesterday on WDAE-AM 620. The station documented his chilling words on its website.
Barber expressed concerns about the Bucs’ young linebackers like Mason Foster and Tyrone McKenzie in their ability to pick up schemes as quickly as the veteran Ruud, who signed with the Titans.
“And we’re seeing it now. Things he did seamlessly, mindlessly that made him a really really good mike linebacker…. we’ve had some incidents in practice so far in camp where our mike linebacker’s missing stuff (Ruud) just did. Barrett will be missed. It’s hard to replace that guy.”
If you missed it earlier, you can read Warren Sapp’s comments today about the importance of experience at mike linebacker in the Bucs’ system.
Joe’s hardly surprised to hear about Foster and McKenzie learning on the job and, as Joe will have more later, it seems that for now Foster will play on first and second down and Quincy Black will stay on the field as the “mike” linebacker in coverage during obvious passing downs, as Raheem Morris told the media.
The Bucs clearly are looking for Foster to be a major upgrade from Ruud against the run. It’ll be hard not to be.