Barrett Ruud “Most Effective Against The Run”July 20th, 2011
Who knew Barrett Ruud was a run-stuffer?
Well, that’s what sound analyst and former NFL head coach Brian Billick wants fans to believe. Billick penned rankings and breakdowns of his top linebackers available in free agency for FoxSports.com and Ruud checked in at No. 7. Quincy Black didn’t make the list.
7. Barrett Ruud: ILB, Tampa Bay
Ruud is best as a traditional 4-3 middle linebacker and is most effective against the run. He has led the Buccaneers in tackles the past four seasons, with 511 during that span.
Potential landing spots: New York Giants, Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay passed up the opportunity to sign Ruud to a long–term deal last offseason, opting instead to re-sign offensive lineman Donald Penn. Ruud responded by totaling 118 tackles, two sacks and one interception. Even with his steady play, some question his ability in coverage and that may minimize his importance in the Buccaneers’ Tampa 2 defense. That leaves the door open for the New York Giants to add Ruud to an already good defense. The Giants were the seventh-best defense in the entire league and led the NFL in regards to stopping/gaining explosive plays.
Now there’s a twist: Ruud’s stronger against the run than in coverage. Joe’s never seen such varying assessments of a player with so much time logged in the NFL.
It seems in a matter of hours, Bucs fans will find out what Mark Dominik thinks of Mr. Ruud. Regardless, there will be outrage among many Bucs fans.