Barber Says Adrian Clayborn Is Greg SpiresOctober 31st, 2012
Pressed to pinpoint who on the Bucs reminds him of members of the glory-days Buccaneers teams, Ronde Barber pulled three names out his pocket last night on the Buccaneers Radio Network on WDAE-AM 620.
The most direct comparison, Barber said, is Adrian Clayborn and Greg Spires.
“They are the exact same player. Just like, workman, do all the grimy hard work,” Barber said of the Clayborn-Spires similarities.
Barber also evoked No. 55.
“I look at Lavonte David and I see a young Derrick Brooks, not necessarily how he plays, but just like his instincts and just his knack for football,” Barber said. “That was one thing Derrick really had, just kind of a knack for the game. Lavonte’s absolutely shown that in the first part of his career. “
And while Barber said Mark Barron and John Lynch are completely different players, the sounds they bring to the field are similar.
“I haven’t heard pads pop like that, (laughs) you know, since four-seven left,” Barber said.
The comparisons are not fair, but they’re still fun to hear and consider. And coming from Barber, they’re very credible. Greg Spires was a fierce pass-rusher but, of course, the Bucs are hoping to get more from Clayborn than they did from Spires.