The Swarm “Felt Like Old Times”September 9th, 2012
There’s no limit to the superlatives one can hurl at Ronde Barber. The Bucs icon is still out there doing great things at age 37.
Today was his day, honoring his 200th consecutive start. And Barber had a sack and an interception and was swarming away with the rest of the Bucs defense that contained the Panthers and amazingly held the Panthers to 10 yards rushing.
Barber liked the look of the defense. He said it reminded him of the glory days, which have been a distant memory around these parts.
“It felt like old times,” Barber said. “When we were a great defense back in the day, guys played so fast. You turned the film on and people would be saying to themselves, ‘It can’t possibly be this. This film is sped up. It can’t possibly be this fast.’ But that’s what it felt like out there [today].
“I mean [Carolina has] some very talented players. And we swarmed on them all day long, kept Cam in check. Obviously they had some breakout passes there at the end of the game. But when you can limit this team that completely dominated us on the ground last year to 10 yards, you can say we did something right.”
Greg Schiano talked about the importance of the “swarm” during the offseason. Joe was looking for it today, and it definitely was back. Derrick Brooks often has referred to the swarm as fighting for “every blade of grass” on defense.
Joe’s not about to compare this Bucs defense to the glory days’, but at least for tonight, it’s hard not to.