Ronde’s Still Got ItAugust 30th, 2010
Obvious to anyone watching the Bucs-Jags preseason game on Saturday was Ronde Barber flying around the field making plays during the 50 or so plays the Bucs’ defense had to quash in the first half.
Joe can’t remember a play in which Barber looked 30, let alone the 35 that he is.
Awesome, admirable stuff.
Ronde Barber: The old guy showed that he still has it, tying Black for the team lead in tackles. Several of those tackles were one on one situations where if he had missed the runner would have gone for a big gain. But in each situation he found a way to get the guy on the ground. One play in particular though is what compelled me to put him on the list this week. On the goalline the Jaguars tried to run a counter play with a guard coming to kick out the end man on the line of scrimmage. If the guard had made his block the running back likely would have walked into the endzone. Unfortunately for him the end man on the line of scrimmage was Ronde and although he was outweighed by almost 100 pounds he went in and spilled the play making the running back bounce outside and then had the wherewithal to spin back and get in on the tackle.
That is the kind of play that doesn’t really show up on any stat sheet but shows you why Ronde is still a part of this team and why the Bucs should be thankfully to still have him out there as a leader.
What more can one say about Barber?
Joe hopes he stays healthy and productive. He’s already one of the more intriguing Hall of Fame candidates, and that’ll be especially so, if he can get it done and add to his stats this year.