Mark Barron Played As AdvertisedSeptember 9th, 2012
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.”