Ronde Barber Talks Change, Barron & MoreAugust 6th, 2012
*Barber didn’t discount the challenges of moving to safety. “It’s a whole new world for me,” Barber said. He said he’s learning the “new footwoork” taking his time and learning that “plays are going to come to me” versus what happens at cornerback. The last line of defense concept is one Barber is balancing versus his first instincts.
*Forget about Mark Barron’s physical presence for a minute, Barron’s brain has impressed Barber. And it’s not easy to impress one of the sharpest guys in the NFL with your intelligence. “Smart guy too, man,” Barber said of Barron. “Coach Schiano’s defense is not easy to pick up. Lot of terminology for the safeties. [Barron's] picked it up.”
*Asked about “revolutionary” changes on the Bucs defense, Barber said “for Bucs Fans it is [revolutionary]. If you’re watching us, it’ll look a whole lot different.” … Barber says to look for a lot of Cover 4s and a lot of pressure and more aggression.
*Barber agreed that rule changes to make the game safer hurt the Cover 2 defense, which relied on safeties to separate the ball from the ball carrier.
*Barber hesitated to reveal much of the New Schiano Order defense. “How can I say this without giving away our defense?” Barber asked rhetorically. “We’re trying to be more aggressive on the outside with the corners. Back in the day corners funneled everything inside. Now they’re just as active, just as invovled … big dfference for us this season.
*Lots of love for Aqib Talib. “Aqib makes me look like I’m unathletic,” Barber said. “If he doesn’t have a breakout year where eveyrbody is talking about him, I’ll be shocked.” … Barber also praised Talib off the field.
*Asked about Eric Wright, Barber didn’t have much specific to say when compared to his love for Talib.
*Barber likes the New Schiano Order because it reminds him of the Father Dungy days. “I grade everyone against Dungy,” Barber said. “He’s as close to Tony and the way he runs his program as anyone.” Barber explained that Dungy and Schiano share having every moment of practice planned out. Barber laughed and said it translated into his longest days at work. Barber said Schiano has talked to him about his days coming to watch the Bucs’ old training camps at [University of Tampa] and working to remake that atmosphere and order.