Barber Credits The “Ball-Disruption Circuit”

October 31st, 2012

Sure, Greg Schiano has missed some details this season, but there’s no question that he and the Bucs are dialed in successfully on a majority of details and fundamentals.

No. 1 on that list is ball security and forcing turnovers, explained Ronde Barber on the Buccaneers Radio Network last night on WDAE-AM 620. Barber talked about how he “raked” at the ball when Mark Barron had Adrian Peterson wrapped up Thursday, forcing a key fumble and impacting Bucs’ win against the Vikings.

“We practice it every single day. It’s part of our ball-disruption circuit that we do every single day,” Barber said. “[Turnovers are] the No. 1, and we’re reminded of this daily. And it’s I think why we’re taking such good care of the football.”

With a +7 on the turnover ratio scale, the Bucs are among the best in the NFL. No running back has coughed up a fumble, let alone turned it over.

Some scoffed at the relentless Pop Warner-like ball security drills the Bucs went through all offseason and, per Barber, continue to perform daily.

All Joe knows is that they are working extremely well. Score one for the New Schiano Order.

11 Responses to “Barber Credits The “Ball-Disruption Circuit””

  1. bucfanjeff Says:

    What I would really like to see is the NSO pull a rabbit, er Guard, out of the hat. Surely there are some Guards walking the streets that are better than our backups.

    Next man up sounds good and all…but after Dotson took over at RT and Meredith for RG, we are now looking at Next, Next, Next man up. When you tap your depth that bad, not much good will come from it.

  2. Macabee Says:

    I know things look bad now, but I wouldn’t mortgage our future to simply look better or win a couple more games. If there was a visible path to the playoffs where anything can happen, it would make sense. From where we sit now, I don’t see that.

    All our guys on IR now will be back next year. Nobody’s job is on the line for this season. We’ve all seen the improvements and the possiblities going forward are limitless.

    I would exercise our options without making any costly trades and suck it up for the 2nd half of the season. The worst thing that can happen is that we improve our 2013 draft position. Nobody wishes for that but we need to look forward for what could be!

  3. Morgan Says:

    Agree Macabee. Well stated.

  4. FlBoy84 Says:

    2nd that Macabee.

  5. TBSwarm Says:

    Yeah, i hate that “Wait til next year stuff” but I can’t argue here. We are looking so good for next season, don’t screw it up now with a dumb trade

  6. Westcoastbucsfans Says:

    I will third that Macabee but I don’t see why we couldn’t go grab a guy like Gurode? I don’t think we should just give up.

  7. Macabee Says:


    I’m all for doing something like a FA and by all means never give up. I’m referring specifically to a trade for someone in the short-term that may be marginally better than what we’ve got and it cost us a valuable draft pick that we could use to complete our needs next year when our starters are back. I can’t vouch for Gurode, but Derek Hardman is out there and played well in 2010 subbing for Joseph. I’m grabbing at thin air here, but simply stated – Don’t make a quick fix that is not a long-term solution!

  8. buc the saints Says:

    Where’s Miguel at with one of his “little General” comments? I guess fundamental drills work at every level huh? Rah Rah was to busy figuring out if he wanted to listen to lil wayne or lil jon at practice to work fundamentals.

  9. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    @buc the saints

    How about the Little General’s every day tackling drill?

    Surely, you remember the completion to that rookie receiver, Morgan, in the Saint’s game?

    Those were classic Rutger’s fundammental tackling technique’s.

  10. Capt. Jean Lafitte Says:


    It’s just like you to use one example of a missed tackle to paint a broad stroke of incompetence on the entire defense seven games into the season. Schiano has been solid teaching his techniques to a defense that was like a human sieve last year and there has been remarkable improvement. Give me one team this year that hasn’t missed any tackles. You can’t …So get off of you’re “This isn’t Rutgers” mantra. It’s getting old.

  11. Miguel El Magnifico Says:


    You’re kidding right?

    BTS challenged me to respond with a “Little General” comment about the legendary fundamental drills. I had no intention of commenting on this article otherwise.

    Off the top of my head, I thought of the everyday tackling fundamental drill that Joe has written about and Ronde has praised. Then I remembered a horrendous recent example of 3 missed tackles on one touchdown and with a completely blown coverage. That one we’ll see on the blooper reels for the next 20 years along with the Orange 95 yarder.

    I certainly am not going to document every missed tackle this year.

    I actually love what Bryan Cox has done with this defense this year. I hope he gets a well deserved promotion.

    Professional football players are certainly not going to pay attention to a below average college coach, who has never played pro football and their tackling technique clearly demonstrates that, despite his repetitive fundamental drills.

    What did Einstein say about the definition of insanity?

    I believe with his annoying enthusiasm and fiery disposition, the Little General would make a great special teams coach and he should do that. Urban Meyer did at Florida with great success.

    I didn’t say, “This isn’t Rutgers!” That’s what all the NFL officials, commentators, writers and experts are saying.