Banks’ “Bite The Ball” Tackling Transformation

August 8th, 2013

The Bucs’ leading tackler tonight was Johnthan Banks. But it wasn’t just about Banks’ five tackles. He was physical and a sure tackler.

The New Schiano Order teaches tackling daily. Last year, Gerald McCoy talked about how the regime taught him how to tackle. Mason Foster recently told Joe about how much he’s learned about tackling from Greg Schiano. And tonight after the Bucs’ loss to the Crows in Tampa, Banks told Joe about how the New Schiano Order is transforming him.

“They changed my whole style of tackling,” Banks said. “Everything is about the ball. Bite the ball. Bite the ball. So, I mean, it worked tonight. I’ll continue to do what they say. Whatever they ask me to do, I’m going to do. Bite the ball and be physical through the tackle. Don’t let the tackle come to you; you go to the tackle.

Banks said he was nervous entering his first pro game, but Banks qualified that by saying he’s nervous before every game. NFL action. was a bit of an eye-opener.

“It was fast. I can say that,” Banks said. “It was fun to get just back competing against somebody else. I’m tired of hitting Mike [Williams] and Vincent [Jackson] every day.”

Did Bucs fans see your best tonight, Johnthan?

“Nowhere close to the best of me. I’m just shaking the cobwebs out,” he said.

7 Responses to “Banks’ “Bite The Ball” Tackling Transformation”

  1. Gus Says:

    I like this kid. I hope he becomes a star.

  2. Couch Fan Says:

    He had a very impressive night. He looks like he could be another thumper to add to the secondary. We are going to be laying some people out this year.

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    He looked solid. Like most of the 1st team, even though they played without a lot of the starters. Banks showed me he can hang with the big boys.

  4. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    He maybe a clone of Myron Lewis as far as height and build but he sure don’t play like MyLew.

  5. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    Absolutely demolished the runningback on one of those tackles. Really like this guy.

    I didn’t really notice Leonard Johnson at all but I suppose that could be a good thing. Gorrer was balling tonight too. (Backup) Safeties looked pretty bad though. Tandy lost containment on that touchdown and Black was unspectacular.

    Not sure if Joe will get to this but I thought Ronde had a rough first outing as an analyst. Constantly stuttering. I’m sure he will get better and he really did have some good insight. Just didn’t deliver very well.

  6. Pewter Bullion Says:

    Banks is the TRUTH! In his first preseason game, he really showed that he truly is AS advertised. All we need is a solid corner-back to complement Revis. But in my humble opinion, I think Banks will soon be leaving the “solid” level and start approaching the level of “exceptional”. This kid can only get better.

    He seems to be quietly ADEPT with his skill set. Sort of Lavonte David-esque but at the position of CB…

  7. Biff Barker Says:

    Really, really like this kids attitude. Everything about this kid says reeks of football player.
    Reminds me a bit of LaVonte David, quiet, smart, confident and has no issue sticking his head in there.