No Need To Wait To Be GreatAugust 21st, 2013
It doesn’t take a vivid imagination to smell the bad taste in Mark Barron’s mouth from the horrid Bucs pass defense. After all, many Bucs fans threw up enough watching that atrocity.
But the past is the past, as players like to say. Barron’s done with talking about the past. Part of that is because he believes the Bucs have a shot at having the best secondary in the NFL. The experience that newcomers Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson bring is one reason.
“It got frustrating,” Barron said. “There was a lot going on. We were the best run defense in the league so teams wanted to come after us (with the pass). We want to go from last to first.”
The first step to accomplishing that goal was simple.
“I feel like we have better players, period,” Barron said.
It’s not just better players, but what those players (Darrelle Revis, Dashon Goldson) bring, years of experience Barron noted is already paying off.
“That experience is an advantage for a real young team,” Barron said. “We need that experience. If [Goldson] sees something that needs to be corrected or some kind of an issue, it will get addressed whether it is something in the secondary or the whole team.”
As for Revis, Barron said, “It is good to have that help. He is a smart guy to alert you as to what might be coming, things that come with experience.”
Joe asked Barron if the Bucs secondary may be a late bloomer. While most of the secondary has been playing together since OTAs, it hasn’t been until this week that Revis has been able to practice with the first team defense regularly. Barron disagreed.
“Hopefully it doesn’t take that long,” Barron said. “We want to go out Week 1 and be at our peak. That is always the goal to come out that first game and be at the top level.”