Schiano Says No Barber Move To CornerbackNovember 27th, 2012
It looks like the Bucs definitely will dance the rest of the season with the Fearsome Foursome at cornerback, aka “E.J., Leonard, Danny and LeQuan,” as Greg Schiano referred to his often overmatched CBs.
It’s not “in the cards” for Ronde Barber to play cornerback this season and help fill the void left by pill-poppers Eric Wright and Aqib Talib, so Schiano said during his WDAE-AM 620 radio show yesterday.
“I’d rather not,” Schiano said of Barber playing corner. “I think Ronde’s doing a great job at safety and one that we really need him there. I don’t think that’s in the cards. But the nice thing is you have a guy that’s capable if you ever had to as an emergency corner.”
First, Joe must say that Barber is, at times, on the field with Mark Barron and Ahmad Black. Barber’s definitely in a cornerback role when that happens. But the message from Schiano is clear: Barber’s staying put.
Joe’s unsure whether this is knock on Black.
Schiano often has talked about putting the best 11 men on the field. And Joe would venture to say that trading Black for Barber at safety and moving Barber to cornerback to replace, for example, Danny Gorrer, would put more talent in the defensive backfield for the Bucs.