Barber On “The Tackling Plan”September 29th, 2012
Months ago eyebrows were raised when Gerald McCoy talked about how he was learning how to tackle under the New Schiano Order.
Many wondered how one could become a professional football player and not yet know how to tackle properly? Well, it seems Bucs icon Ronde Barber is even benefitting from the tackling education under Greg Schiano.
Speaking on Total Access on WDAE-AM 620 this week, Barber explained that the details of Schiano’s tackling drilling are pounded into everyone’s head and helped the Bucs icon make a tackle Sunday.
“We have a tackling plan. Coach Schiano is very big on his tackling plan; we do it every single day,” Barber said. “It’s bite the ball, and if you can’t bite the ball wrap and roll, roll him to the ground, and if you can’t do that you sweep the ankle. I think on [a challenging takedown Jason Witten on Sunday] I did all three of them while I was holding on to him. (Laughs) He’s a big cat. You know, there’s some benefit though of having a plan when you’re dealing with not just him, but anybody. You have to find a way.”
In the world of the New Schiano Order, the tackling plan is known as systemizing. During Schiano’s interview with Melissa Stark of NFL Network last Sunday, Schiano explained how he likes to systemize everything, per a transcript published in the New York Times.
[Schiano] On what is the most controlling thing he does:
“I like to systemize things. I believe people make a mistake that reinvent the wheel every week. Systemize the way we travel, systemize the way we gameplan, systemize the way we practice and then guys get more and more comfortable. Athletes and coaches are creatures of habit, so if we can systemize things, then we get better at it.”
Barber went on to explain that everything in the New Schiano Order is about practicing daily with intensity and attention to every detail. Interestingly, Barber says that more “buy-in” is needed to the demanding Schiano work ethic and speculates the Bucs offense will improve when that happens.
“It’s been implored upon us numerous times,” Barber said. “And it’s gotta continue to be so, as we get ready for Washington and the games following, that you gotta do it on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday so it shows up on Sunday. And that’s always hard to do. So you know feel bad, you’re sore on Wednesday, obviously you know it’s your job. But you fight with it, to want to go out there and run around and go as hard as you can in preparation, but that’s gotta be our edge. And we’ll continue to try and get better at that. I think when everybody buys into that as a team, then we’ll start seeing results, especially on [the offensive] side of the ball.”
It’s interesting to Joe that Barber is still calling for the Bucs to display more devotion and drive in practice. Either Barber has extraordinarily high standards — very likely — or there’s still more indoctrination needed as to how things must be done in the New Schiano Order.