Raheem Pondering Ronde Barber At SafetySeptember 29th, 2010
Raheem Morris has said multiple times that rookie free safety Cody Grimm played well Sunday except for his ugly miscue that led to the Steelers’ first touchdown Sunday.
Confidence in Grimm aside, the Bucs defensive mastermind/head coach said he is wrestling with moving Ronde Barber into the free safety position.
Speaking on The Raheem Morris Show on WDAE-AM 620 Monday, Morris said Barber, after 13+ seasons at cornerback, is a great fit at free safety but his great play this season at CB is a major hindrance to making the move.
“There’s not doubt in my mind, as Ronde plays out the twilight of his career here, that he can definitely move into safety and do some of those things for us that we get from our athletic safeties. We definitely think about it all the time,” Morris said. “Myself and Ronde have these discussions numerous amount of times.
“What was lost in the shuffle [Sunday] was Ronde’s game. It was lost in the confusion. How fast, how hard and how he played [Sunday] was unbelievable. He had eight tackles, one assist, two tackles for loss, and his effort on every single play was unbelievable.
“It’s so hard to move a guy that’s playing that high of a level at that position you do have him in. Because potentially you open up two problems. Now you’ve got a new safety and you got a new corner in, rather than having one new position. That’s always the fight I have with myself.”
Now, to give credit where it’s due, those who read former Bucs defensive end Steve White’s blog know that he’s been lobbying for Barber to move to safety since the day Tanard Jackson was suspended, so kudos to coach White.
Joe can’t argue with Raheem’s logic. Barber’s having a strong season. Don’t mess with what’s working. Not yet.