Don’t Worry About Barber’s StreakMarch 26th, 2012
Yeah, Joe sees the story by Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud that claims Ronde Barber will have to fight for a starting job. Joe’s believing that about as much as he believes Rachel Watson will knock on his door at the stroke of midnight begging Joe to pudding wrestle her.
Stroud, of TampaBay.com, talked to Greg Schiano and claims Barber will have to earn a starting nod.
In the end, Barber got what he wanted — a chance to compete as a starter.
“I see it like every other position,” Schiano said. “That’s the great thing about competition. Let it play out the way it does through performance. The best man wins. That’s the way I like it.”
Joe’s quite confident Barber, the NFL’s reigning ironman with 199 consecutive starts, is not going to have to prove himself by impressing in OTAs and making splash plays in preseason. That’s absurd. Joe can’t imagine Schiano would bench the Bucs icon under any circumstances.
Barber will own his rightful spot in the starting lineup on opening day, and that will be his to lose. How much Barber plays is another story. Hopefully, he’ll be rotating with Aqib Talib, Eric Wright and Morris Claiborne.