Barber: “Embarrassing” and “Frustrating”

December 25th, 2011

Why are the Bucs tuning out their teachings?

That’s been a great mystery for the last nine weeks, and count Ronde Barber among those flummoxed (or “flummoxicated,” as the late Chris Thomas used to say.) Barber shared his disbelief with eye-RAH! Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune.

Veteran CB Ronde Barber can’t figure out why the Bucs can’t apply the principles they learn on the practice field to game day.

“That was an embarrassing performance, really, in the run game,” Barber said of allowing 270 yards rushing. “It’s frustrating to watch because you know what the problems are.

“It looks like guys want to do their own thing. You’ve got to believe the guy next to you is going to do his job.”

Joe wonders whether Barber will refuse to end his great career with the stain of this 2011 defense as his final chapter. One silver lining to this season could be Barber walking off the field too angry to go out on the bottom and deciding to return for 2012. It doesn’t say much, but he’s still one of the Bucs’ best defensive players.

8 Responses to “Barber: “Embarrassing” and “Frustrating””

  1. TurnThePage Says:

    Why shoud he be luckier than Derrick Brooks? Brooks deserved a happy ending much more than Barber.

    Not only that, I feel the players are as annoyed by Barber blaming the players and protecting the coach as Derrick Brooks lost the lockerroom at the end of his career.

    Knife in your back to Barber… only because you actually lack leadership, unlike Brooks.

  2. Patrick Says:

    I hope Ronde didn’t hurt his HOF chances by wasting 3 seasons with bad Raheem Morris teams. The defenses statistics since ’09 won’t help him when they consider him for the HOF.

    Also, it turns out that letting Derrick Brooks go was the stupidest move we made looking at how bad poorly Black and Hayes have played. You let go the heart and soul of our team when you’re going through an extreme youth movement??!! idiots.
    Brooks at 40 would still be the #1 linebacker on this team…..seriously he would.

  3. AK Says:

    Letting Brooks go indeed was a bad move, not because he would have been a differencemaker in 2009 as far as our W/L record goes, but young linebackers need veteran tutelage. Brooks was a team guy all the way and would have helped provide that, and he wasn’t too proud to take a backup role if it was warranted. That isn’t to say that guys like Hayes and Black would be studs today if he’d been around, but it couldn’t have hurt their development. And this gets back to the crux of the issue…Mark Dominick just can’t seem to grasp that concept. It is OKAY to have veterans on the team, even older ones, for the sake of grooming your younger guys, and especially when you have a young head coach. As for Ronde, he’s saying the same thing all of the others are saying “It’s our fault, not the coaches”, so I can’t see why anyone else on the team would be annoyed by what he’s saying.

  4. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    It was the “Rockstar” Mark Dominik who let Brooks go abruptly, and many other veteran Bucs who could have provided veteran leadership. These veteran Bucs deserved better then what Mark Dominik gave them.
    You will never convince me that Derrick Brooks did not have a year or 2 left in him, or that he could not have been taken into the organization as a scout, or assistant coach ?
    LOOK at what the Nazi’s did to Doug Williams too ?
    Let’s HOPE Raheem does not take his dismissal lying down, and opens his mouth about what really went on under Mark Dominik.

  5. Garv Says:

    If anyone is annoyed with what Ronde said, too darn bad.
    Oh well, it’s almost over, the playoffs to look forward to and hopefully, one HELL of an off-season.

    Happy New Year!

  6. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    @AK, I totally agree about what Mark Dominik did to Derrick Brooks. Imagine Foster developing with Derrick Brooks here to learn from ?
    As for Ronde, what do you expect him to say about the Tampa Front Office ?
    They sign his checks!

    I well remember that day when Mark Dominik let all our veterans go. I was in shock.

  7. Architek Says:

    Yesterday wasn’t embarrassing, the whole season was embarrassing. Someone should have called these quitters out before the bottom fell out but oh well…

    So I got Dallas over the Giants next week #somethingmeaningful

  8. j lynch Says:

    They let veteran players go then dismissed jags and bates piscatelli and anyone else who knew more than the current coaching staff Ike Hilliard Eric Yarber WHO?? SpeciaL teams coach former fullback for us injury payment maybe making him a coach???