Ronde Barber And The Safety PositionJuly 11th, 2012
The spreadsheeters over at FootballFocus.com have been keeping busy during the dog days of the football dead period scouring tape of the last three years NFL seasons to determine the best tacklers in the league.
This piece, typed by Sam Monson, seemed to wag a finger at the Bucs, and not in a good way. Monson writes about how, when executed with sound fundamentals, the Tampa-two defense is a good defense, which left Monson wondering about former Bucs coach Raheem Morris.
Most of the time referring to the Tampa-2 conjures up images of discipline, sound fundamentals, and quality play to force mistakes from the opposition, but not on this occasion. The Tampa Two to which I am referring are Ronde Barber and Tanard Jackson, who lead the pack with more missed tackles than any other defensive backs over the past three seasons. Barber has racked up a massive half-century of misses, but what is even more staggering is the 43 that Jackson has managed to total on fewer than half of Barber’s snaps.
You have to wonder exactly what the Buccaneers were practicing over the past few seasons, because it certainly wasn’t sound fundamentals and the basics, those fell to pieces under Raheem Morris.
Monson then claims that, per his charts, Barber and Jackson, were among the worst culprits in the NFL for tackling efficiency for defensive backs.
Monson also goes on to write that he believes Barber, unless he improves his tackling efficiency, will not be a solid safety because the position calls for sure tacklers.
This took Joe aback because in Joe’s eyes, there are few better tacklers at corner than Barber. Shoot, he made so many plays inside in 2010, it was as if Barber was a fourth linebacker.