Bucs Ridding Banks Of “Bad Habits”

July 30th, 2013

It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of Bucs’ second-round pick Johnthan Banks. He looks good in practice (a perception aided by the fact Darrelle Revis isn’t on the field), and Bucs fans know Banks is being counted on heavily.

But he’s still a rookie, and Greg Schiano sees that clearly. The leader of the New Schiano Order said on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday that Banks is not a finished product.

“Each day Johnthan Banks gets better and better. And things you can get away with in college playing in the secondary, you can’t get away with in this league. You know, the receivers are too good; the quarterbacks are too good. So we’re kind of doing away with some of those bad habits that he got away with in college, and we’re using his strengths. He’s a long guy, he’s got long limbs, really athletic,” Schiano said.

Yes, Joe’s just a tiny bit nervous about Banks, as Joe would be about any rookie. The Bucs drafted another SEC cornerback in 2010, a third-round pick with great length and skills in arguably the deepest draft in NFL history. That would be Nine Lives Myron Lewis. (You can catch the entire Schiano interview below)

24 Responses to “Bucs Ridding Banks Of “Bad Habits””

  1. Buc_The_World Says:

    At least Banks has shown signs that he can be a good corner, the only thing that Myron Lewis has shown is that he is injury prone, that he gets burned more than a pack of cigarettes, and that he is harder to get rid of than a ink stain on a white shirt.

  2. Biff Barker Says:

    Rather sadistic of you Joe to throw Myron in this conversation
    What a downer!

  3. Bobby Says:

    Wow Joe! That was just a stupid comment putting Banks in the same conversation as Lewis. When did you EVER see Lewis perform at the level Banks is already performing and we’re only in training camp?? But I understand…it gets comments like the one I just posted. Love your site but I swear you say things at times just to get a rise out of the posters.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If Joe hadn’t mentioned Myron, then I would. Banks is no MyLew….
    He will be tested early & often and will probably get burnt a couple of times….that would be expected. But I have confidence that Banks will develop quickly into a very good CB.

    Myron’s 9th life just got used up. Actually, I wish Myron well and I am sure that his Vanderbilt (great school) education has prepared him well for future endeavors.

  5. Bobby Says:

    I’m sorry….I do remember Lewis winning the award for best DB in the nation….

  6. Macabee Says:

    Jonathan Banks is a first round pick taken in the second round. Our gain, their loss! D.J. Hayden may never be able to take the rigors of contact in the NFL. Milliner has great instincts with hands of stone. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter, Falcon beat writer, Trufant is struggling to adjust to the NFL game. No camp info on Xavier Rhodes, but my opinion then and still now is that he is destined to be a SS in the NFL.

    The Jim Thorpe award is no joke. Banks was voted the best DB in college football – no politics or favoritism here. Previous winners are Deion Sanders, Charles Woodson, Patrick Peterson and the like. The man has legitimate skills. Revis taking time off is the best thing that could have happened for him.

  7. Kennedy Says:

    @Macabee – Amazing how you and everyone else here so far are so sure of everything. Imagine, a draft pick not being ready to get the Bucs to the playoffs … And Revis not being on the field does him no good.

  8. Macabee Says:


    First, they’re just opinions. I’m sure you heard of them, you just offered one. Now I will admit, I tend to take PMA, positive mental attitude to the limits, but I have worst faults.

    You’re right, I can’t be sure of anything I express as an opinion, but that imperfection has never stopped me from offering them. If you have a fail safe way of always being right, I’ll quickly follow your advice!

  9. Macabee Says:


    Not taking a shot at you and I hope we’re on the same team. I think you misread my original post. My last sentence meant to convey that Banks benefits by getting first team reps because Revis is not taking part in 11-on11s. Sorry if that was not clear!

  10. Biff Barker Says:

    Well the premise of the article is Banks is both talented and raw. But the biggest thing is that his attitude allows him to be coachable. Yeah, he’ll get the requisite rookie schooling from the NFL’s finest. Much like Baron last season, we’ll just need to accept this.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I don’t see many arguments that he wasn’t worth the 2nd round pick….that should speak volumes. Even the Dom haters haven’t had much to say.
    I stlll contend that we got first round talent here.

    And yes…it is my opinion.

  12. Architek79 Says:

    Joe now dare you say Myron in the same sentence as a legit football player.

  13. 76buc76 Says:

    Didn’t Myron have a great training camp last year? I’m glad that smurf Trufant is struggling. You can’t put much stock in preseason or training camp thou. If Bank’s was asked to play man. For a whole practice,chances are he’ll struggle. He’s a great Zone corner so he’d look a lot better in zone. So when preseason start’s should they buiild him up. Putting him in mostly zone. Or see and coach him up VS man. Play him in man, the coaches are trying to evaluating player’s in all situation’s. Win’s mean nothing in preseason. Remember the lion’s 4-0 in preseason. Then 0-16 in regular season. Chances are they were to concerned with hyping themself’s up.

  14. Jbskiff Says:

    Banks will prove his worth this year ( if his skill and work ethic has not done so already ). He just might be on of the greatest acquisitions Dominik and the Bucs have made. He will grow emincely this year.

  15. Bobby Says:

    He will also grow ‘immensely’ this year. ;>) Sorry Jb..couldn’t resist.

  16. BamBamBuc Says:

    We have no idea what Banks will be like come regular season games, however early signs are good that he’s covering well in man and zone. I really couldn’t care less about the MyLew comments. What should really be brought up is the last time the team used their top pick on a CB, Aqib Talib. Look at the difference between the two in interviews and their demeanor. Banks is head and shoulders above Talib. As for play on the field, after watching Nicks absolutely torch Talib in game 2 last year, Dez Bryant in game 3, even go back to the Ravens game in 2010 where Derrick Mason continually beat Talib… all the suspensions, showing up at games he was suspended from, and all the other off field issues… I don’t see how Banks could even potentially be worse than that waste of a pick. So, was Banks worth a first rounder that we got in the 2nd? By the Talib Standard… Yes, he was.

  17. Biff Barker Says:

    @ bam bam
    Not sure how the walking turd known as Talib catapults Banks into being a first rounder.
    The only thing we know is that Banks’ character was never called into question before we drafted him.

  18. Chris Says:

    Banks is only going to improve but he’s still a rookie so we need to calm down with the expectations. Rookie cbs have all struggled and qbs target them often. I think banks is going to be a stud down the line. He’s got all the physical tools of Talib but the character of a Revis/champ/barber off the field. He’s going to be something special.

  19. Macabee Says:

    A clever poster at PR dubbed Johnthan as “The Outer Banks of Revis Island”. Guarantee that if a television commentator gets word of that he’s going to fly with it!

  20. BamBamBuc Says:

    Not saying Banks “IS” a number one pick drafted in the second round, only that I can’t imagine him being any worse than “waste of a first round draft pick” Talib. Early signs are good that he can be better, much better. Only time will tell, but the mentality of the kid is a great place to start when evaluating his ability.

  21. gracelivin Says:

    Yes, I really like Banks, but I think Johnson will start, then in nickle/dime situations Banks will come in and play outside on the #2WR while Johnson moves in and covers the slot. I feel we’ll run with this till at least the bye, as Johnson has game experience and it gives Banks a little time to catch up with NFL speed and coverages, plus Johnson is better against the run, but either way both will receive help over the top. Other teams will not want to enter “The NO FLY ZONE”

  22. delson Says:

    Banks was a great pick and im excited to have him on the bucs. He timed slow at the combine in the 40 (the only reason he fell) but i read an article that stated he was injured the last 4 games of his collegiate career and decided to sit out of the senior bowl for injury reasons. His combine was bad but his pro day was better because he had time to recover from his injury. The revis addition was by far the biggest move we made this offseason. Not for the obvious reason of having revis but his presence alone is pushing banks and leonard to better themselves because they know they will be the targets qbs will go after. I am likin the attitude our dbs are displaying. Also our cbs can play the run banks revis leonard are good tacklers. When we run the big nickel with barron in the box to cover tes or to blitz with another safety atop i think our secondary will be really tough. Its about time our defense gets scary again.

  23. kh Says:

    While we’re making ridiculous comparisons, who was the last CB the Bucs picked in the 2nd round again?

  24. Dr. Dave Says:

    Operative quote:
    Revis is not on the field.
    Hoping my prediction is wrong…