Banks’ “Bite The Ball” Tackling TransformationAugust 8th, 2013
The Bucs’ leading tackler tonight was Johnthan Banks. But it wasn’t just about Banks’ five tackles. He was physical and a sure tackler.
The New Schiano Order teaches tackling daily. Last year, Gerald McCoy talked about how the regime taught him how to tackle. Mason Foster recently told Joe about how much he’s learned about tackling from Greg Schiano. And tonight after the Bucs’ loss to the Crows in Tampa, Banks told Joe about how the New Schiano Order is transforming him.
“They changed my whole style of tackling,” Banks said. “Everything is about the ball. Bite the ball. Bite the ball. So, I mean, it worked tonight. I’ll continue to do what they say. Whatever they ask me to do, I’m going to do. Bite the ball and be physical through the tackle. Don’t let the tackle come to you; you go to the tackle.
Banks said he was nervous entering his first pro game, but Banks qualified that by saying he’s nervous before every game. NFL action. was a bit of an eye-opener.
“It was fast. I can say that,” Banks said. “It was fun to get just back competing against somebody else. I’m tired of hitting Mike [Williams] and Vincent [Jackson] every day.”
Did Bucs fans see your best tonight, Johnthan?
“Nowhere close to the best of me. I’m just shaking the cobwebs out,” he said.