How Candid Will Ronde Be?July 5th, 2013
One very smart man knows nearly everything about the New Schiano Order and will have a microphone to tell Bucs fans all its inner secrets this preseason.
That would be Bucs icon Ronde Barber, who now is officially the color analyst on Bucs preseason games broadcast by WFLA-TV, Ch. 8. Barber’s new role was confirmed this week, and it has Joe wondering how candid Barber will be.
Barber is a very sharp cat and he’s got to know he can make a name for himself in broadcasting by not only being intelligent and on point with his Xs and Os takes, but by being edgy and revealing when it comes to his insider knowledge and assessments of players and coaches.
It is Joe’s understanding that the approval of Barber as a broadcaster comes mutually from the Bucs and Ch. 8. And Joe suspects Barber will be free to offer whatever commentary he deems interesting. That could raise some serious eyebrows, especially if Barber takes a page from his brother Tiki’s playbook of former-team bashing.
Yes, Ronde Barber loves the Bucs, but Joe’s observed/studied/talked to Barber over the years, and Joe would be very surprised if Barber will fall into the Chucky mode of praising every player and coach on the field.
Bucs fans might very well learn more about the team during the opening preseason game from Barber, versus what they see on the field against the Ravens.