Raving About Mark BarronDecember 5th, 2012
Joe believes it was preseason when Bucs safety Mark Barron made his presence felt with some rib-rattling hits on running backs. After the game, Joe mentioned to Barron that the way he was hitting running backs, he looked like a young version of John Lynch.
Barron just smiled and responded, “John Lynch, huh?”
Barron has continued to blow up opponents, most notably when he bodyslammed Robert Griffin III to the turf of thesStadium on Dale Mabry Highway, and was sadly flagged for the hit due to the powderpuff mentality of NFL
warden commissioner Roger Goodell and his henchmen.
Lynch, the former Bucs great who is a semifinalist looking to make the final ballot for this winter’s Pro Football Hall of Fame vote, believes Barron has growing to do as an NFL player but raved about the rookie from Alabama recently during a phone call to the Booger and Rich show, co-hosted by one of Lynch’s ex-teammates Booger McFarland on WHFS-FM 98.7.
“I think early on he was exactly what I thought he would be: a difference-making player. This was early on in the season and I think he has a hit a little bit of that rookie wall, not so much physically but mentally,” Lynch said. “You aren’t seeing him make that many impact plays. But I think Tampa fans can rest assured the Bucs have a special player on their hands. This is just a natural process that players go through in this league. He has all the physical tools. I think when they learn how to learn how to use him more effectively, and he continues to grow in his understanding of the game, this guy is a difference-making safety. He has everything you would want in the safety position and safeties are hard to find. A lot of people thought it was a reach taking him that high but I would say finding a safety is hard to find, especially a safety who can do all of those things and they have one in Mark Barron. I think he is going to be a very good football player for a long, long time.”
If Barron continues to grow, Joe believes he could be the next Ed Reed. Remember when Lynch was a young Bucs player? No one would have dreamed he would be up for induction into the Hall of Fame, especially the way Barry Sanders used to fake Lynch out of his jock too many times twice a year.
Let’s just say the way Barron hits, opposing wide receivers have his No. 24 in the back of their minds when they are running crossing patterns.