Ronde’s Still Got It

August 30th, 2010

Obvious to anyone watching the Bucs-Jags preseason game on Saturday was Ronde Barber flying around the field making plays during the 50 or so plays the Bucs’ defense had to quash in the first half.

Joe can’t remember a play in which Barber looked 30, let alone the 35 that he is.

Awesome, admirable stuff.

On his blog, former Bucs defensive end Steve White gave his 10 cents on Barber’s play on Saturday, along with the rest of his The Good, The Bad & The Ugly breakdown.

Ronde Barber: The old guy showed that he still has it, tying Black for the team lead in tackles. Several of those tackles were one on one situations where if he had missed the runner would have gone for a big gain. But in each situation he found a way to get the guy on the ground. One play in particular though is what compelled me to put him on the list this week. On the goalline the Jaguars tried to run a counter play with a guard coming to kick out the end man on the line of scrimmage. If the guard had made his block the running back likely would have walked into the endzone. Unfortunately for him the end man on the line of scrimmage was Ronde and although he was outweighed by almost 100 pounds he went in and spilled the play making the running back bounce outside and then had the wherewithal to spin back and get in on the tackle.

That is the kind of play that doesn’t really show up on any stat sheet but shows you why Ronde is still a part of this team and why the Bucs should be thankfully to still have him out there as a leader.

What more can one say about Barber?

Joe hopes he stays healthy and productive. He’s already one of the more intriguing Hall of Fame candidates, and that’ll be especially so, if he can get it done and add to his stats this year. 

5 Responses to “Ronde’s Still Got It”

  1. Gatorbuc15 Says:

    I’ve always loved Ronde. I’m very glad to see him still having a big impact on the field. If this is his last year, I hope he goes out with a bang.

  2. DRB Says:

    Ronde is CLEARLY the better of the Barber brothers. Dude has ALWAYS been an unbeleivable football player.

  3. Leighroy Says:

    I love Ronde as much as the next Bucs fan. I really really don’t think he will make the HOF tho. Nationally I think people zone in on the more traditional stats for CB’s and their reputation as shut down CBs, while they hold no value to the fact that Ronde has one of the most impressive sack totals for a CB ever. Ronde basically has the perfect skill set for the Tampa 2, and both he and the system have mutually benefited from one another.

    Plus, when people elsewhere in the country think of the glory days of our defense, they think Brooks Sapp Lynch and then only Ronde after you remind them.

    It’s undeservedly so, but unfortunately, I think that’s the reality even if he puts up a 6-INT year with a few sacks. First-ballot Buccaneer Ring of Honor player though!!!

  4. SkookumSmitty Says:

    As an very old Bucs fan, it warms my heart that we can even THINK of having multiple HoF candidates.

  5. BigMacAttack Says:

    The price of Wisdom is Age.