Mark Barron Played As Advertised

September 9th, 2012

… and Lavonte David had a surprising leadership role.

The rookies came to play today, and damned if they didn’t play.

Muscle Hamster grounded and pounded the stinking Panthers all day, and got tough yards to seal the win late in the game.

Lavonte David played some fast, physical defense and the icing on his cae was that he was calling defensive plays. Given the fact the Bucs held Carolina to 10 yards rushing, Joe would suggest that’s not too shabby work by the rook.

Then there was Mark Barron. While he got schooled once by Steve Smith, Barron made two splash plays that seemed to set the tone for the Bucs. The first was when he nearly beheaded Smith along the right sidelines. Just totally blew the guy up.

Then there was how Greg Olsen seemingly had beaten Barron for a big pass and Barron reacted perfectly and recovered like a lightning bolt to break up the pass.

“I was just doing my job,” Barron said with a straight face. “I dropped back, and read the quarterback’s eyes and made a play which is what they brought me here for. It was just me doing my job.”

In his postgame comments, ageless Ronde Barber compared Barron to, cryptically, John Lynch, saying Barron’s physical play reminded him of a former teammate that made his bones as a bone-crushing safety.

Barron, rather than talk about himself, was eager to talk about his teammates after limiting the stinking Panthers to an unthinkable 10 yards rushing.

“That is very impressive in my opinion,” Barron said. “A great team like that? Just me not being in the NFL and just watching them on TV and coming into the league, I knew they were a great rushing team. For us to accomplish that, I am glad I was able to do my part.”

38 Responses to “Mark Barron Played As Advertised”

  1. Fear The Glow Says:

    They could have something really special brewing with these three. It’s going to be fun to watch.

  2. SensibleBuc Says:

    I actually really really like Barron’s demeanor. He’s no-nonsense. All humility. That pick is looking like genius right now with all of the sick tight ends sprinkled through out the league.

    Next match up for the Red Barron: Martellus Bennett aka Black Unicorn (rofl)

    Also, Ronde said that they gave the game ball to Schiano. I guess that says all we need to know about Schiano’s leadership.

  3. Jrock Says:

    That bone-crushing hit on Smith:

  4. snook Says:

    Barron and David are going to be stars.

  5. Vorblaw Says:

    Eric Wright? Not so much. Steve Smith schooled him.

  6. Tuggz Says:

    Martin, Barron, and David are all winners. Just from seeing them tonight at the game (section 310 baby!). We hit big on the draft.

    Oh and Michael Smith has the potential to be at least a high speed threat return man.

  7. Sneedy16 Says:

    On thing I can say was Luke Kuechly was a NON-FACTOR in this game, but Mark Barron was every where on the field. That 3rd down pass break-up was amazing and he was laying the wood great pick.

  8. st. louis Bucs fan Says:

    Steve Smith got up and acted like the hit was nothing, but ask any fighter and when they act like it didnt hurt, “it hurts”. even on the side line right after the play he was wincing while drinkin water. Barron is gonna make a name for himself as a heavy hitter like Ronnie Lott, Brian Dawkins, and yes the Man the Myth the Legend John Lynch! As for David, very impressed. he looked better than Keuchly, and the Muscle Hamster was a sight for sore eyes. BUC IT IM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Macabee Says:

    I thought everybody including the back-ups like Gary Gibson played well. There was so much talk about not having any depth, I was concerned. Not anymore, hats off to everyone!

    I will add that if David’s success at calling plays is an indicator, it probably means that while Foster is a talented LB, his future long-term is probably is at SAM where he will excel.

  10. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    That hit was a bad hit…Barron will get fined for that one. Steve Smith was out of bounds when Barron hit him.

  11. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    No he was not, and no he will not. Anyway, you don’t get fined for hits out of bounds.

  12. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    He WAS out of bounds…I watched him get pushed out of bounds and then Barron hit him. Any way…we’ll see later this week.

  13. Jdubb Says:

    he was not out of bounce what were you watching!!! Fined…how comical!!!

  14. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    lol…okay. Watch the tape, lol.

  15. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I don’t know what you are looking at Pete. I watched it 10 times, and he got hit before he stepped out of bounds. Watch the link Jrock posted. If you watch it and still feel the same way, I highly suggest you get your eyes checked. And again, YOU DO NOT GET FINED FOR HITS OUT OF BOUNDS, so your argument is irrelevant.

  16. gotbbucs Says:

    Who cares Pete, are you paying the fine?

    That hit was a message to all the WR’s in the division that if you want to be cute and tip toe the line for an extra yard you risk losing your head.

  17. BRoy3434 Says:

    not even close “pete” he was running up the sideline with his shoulder lowered and Barron did the same, clean hit no debate…great win

  18. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    Hawaiian Buc
    Plain as day…watch Smith’s feet. they step out of bounds about a yard before the hit.

  19. gotbbucs Says:

    Our 1st round pick head hunting Strong Safety lays the wood to Steve Smith, a self described NFL tough guy, and you have the balls to call it a “bad” hit. Grow a pair.

  20. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    It was Ronde who pushed him off balance making him step out. That’s why Ronde stopped pursuing.

  21. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    I’m not wrong.

  22. Pegasis27 Says:

    fundamentals, you play whistle to whistle…

  23. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    Hawaiian Buc
    You are also mistaken about not being fined for hitting out of bounds.

    Tyler Brayton was fined $15K for a hit on the sideline (off the field of play).

    Steelers S Ryan Clark, $15,000, unnecessary roughness, late and out-of-bounds hit (week 7 last year)

  24. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    Clark was fined $40k for another one last year also.

    “I didn’t know the guy was out of bounds and I kept playing…” – Clark.

    Was between whistles and he was finishing the play…still got fined.

  25. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    No Pete, Ryan Clark was fined for a helmet to helmet hit out of bounds. I googled it and saw that within 2 minutes. As for Tyler Brayton, he was fined for a hit when he wasn’t even in on the play. It was during a punt, he was on the sideline, and he ran up in front of the persuing defender. So you are either lying, think I’m stupid, or are just dead wrong.

    Look, EVERYONE except you says he was in bounds. Nobody on Carolina complained. Steve Smith didn’t complain. The announcers said nothing. Yet you really believe that you saw something that no one else saw? You are off your rocker on this one.

  26. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    This may very well be the dumbest argument I’ve ever participated in on this site. Pete, you are better than this.

  27. BucfanBF Says:

    Who really cares about all that BS. We have found our thumped/enforcer again. Just be careful hitting our own guys mark… lol

  28. BucfanBF Says:

    His new nickname should be predator… what do you guys think?

  29. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    And before you get extra ignorant, a helmet to helmet hit is not illegal if the runner is not in a defenseless position. Running with the ball, lowering your head, and getting hit helmet to helmet is not a defenseless receiver.

  30. Joe Says:


    Joe watched the highlights on NFL Network and when the Bucs highlights came on they showed that play. Joe freeze-framed the hit. Smith’s left foot was inbounds and his right foot was in the air and he had not yet stepped out of bounds.

    Hit was clean as a whistle. And beautiful Joe might add.

    Oh, and no one on the NFL Network suggested the hit was dirty. In fact, Deion went nuts he loved it so much; they showed the play three times.

    Here a photo Joe took of the freezeframe. Inbounds by any rulebook.!/photo.php?fbid=2382253932918&set=a.1023846693586.3713.1747806564&type=1&theater

  31. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    No Joe, Pete said he’s not wrong. Therefore he was out of bounds and will be fined this week. Just you wait and see.

  32. Hyperryd Says:

    I don’t see the need to create a new nickname for Barron. With a name like that and the Bucs colors being what they are I think it is obvious. I think he should wear Red every game even if the team is wearing whites. The receivers would be like allied pilots in WWI flinching at any red blur diving in on them. Go Red Barron!!

  33. BucFan20 Says:

    Pete sound like someone that use to be here?

  34. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    BucFan20, don’t even go there. Just because I say this doesn’t mean I’m negative.

    I wasn’t wrong, Joe. That picture shows AS the hit occurred. Smith stepped out before that. The two steps before that. He moved back in after stepping out, and his left foot stepped in, however his balance was off as a result and his right foot was going to come down out of bounds again.

    Sheesh people, how can you not see that in the video? It’s plain as day.

  35. Joe Says:

    Let’s see Pete, no whistle was blown on the play when you suggest Smith stepped out of bounds.

    Joe provided photographic evidence Smith was not out of bounds.

    There was no flag thrown.

    No one from the Carolina coaching staff argued for a flag.

    The play was shown at three different angles by the NFL Network last night and none of the panelists believe Smith was out of bounds.

    Only you seem to be the lone person who claims Smith was out of bounds.

    Might want to reassess.

    “I wasn’t wrong,”

    Col. George Armstrong Custer’s final words.

  36. lurker Says:

    ewwww ewwwww ewwwwwwwwwww

    can i argue, can i argue?
    pete, if you watch the video posted by jrock via bleacher report, the 2 steps you are talking about are not out of bounds. smith gets pushed by barber towards the sideline, but he turns up the sideline, he does not step out. this is not that important an issue though.

  37. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Pete, I generally like reading your posts, but you are making yoursel look incredibly stupid by just being stubborn. Every argument you try to make makes yourself look even worse. Besides being apparently blind, you gave false information on players fined. Now you are showing you don’t know the rules of football. If a player barely steps out and steps back in and continues to try to advance the ball (with no whistle), then he can be hit.

    So let’s do this because you want to be stubborn on this: let’s place a wager. If Barron gets a fine or ANY sort of punishment, you have to name yourself “Pete still learning football Dutcher”. If he does get punished, I’ll do the same. Bet you won’t take that bet, because you know you are wrong. But go ahead and continue to stick to your guns, it’s very funny.

  38. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Obviously I meant if Barron DOESN’T get fined