Barber And The Tackling-Challenged

August 9th, 2013

Loads of Bucs fans will watch the Bucs’ preseason loss to the Ravens for the first time tonight on WFLA-TV, Ch. 8.

While Joe only saw television replays in the press box of the real-life, Ravens-Bucs game, Joe did hear a snippet of TV audio on In that cut, color analyst Ronde Barber referenced the Bucs missing tackles and sloppy tackling.

Joe suspects that wasn’t the only time Barber offered that take during the broadcast.

Safety Keith Tandy and cornerback in danger Anthony Gaitor made it into Joe’s game notes for bad tackling. Cody Grimm got a negative tackle mark, as well, but at least in his case the tackle was made and he took the right angle. There are other offenders, including linebackers who look like they took block-shedding lessons from Barrett Ruud.

Tackling is something Joe will be studying during the tape-delayed broadcast. The New Schiano Order works daily on tackling and is a stickler for their methods. Remember, last year Gerald McCoy said the regime taught him how to tackle. Also, Mason Foster, a tackling machine in college and the rookie NFL tackle leader under Raheem Morris, has told Joe how much the New Schiano Order raised his tackling skills.

Those who aren’t tackling well will be in danger of getting cut.

As for those New Schiano Order tackling techniques, Johnthan Banks explains that it’s all about the “bite.”

22 Responses to “Barber And The Tackling-Challenged”

  1. tampabaybucfan Says:

    Take a tackling lesson from Lavonte David….a missed tackle for him is rare. I like Schiano’s priorities….ball security, sure tackling & keep your nose clean!!!

  2. Buc Fan #238 Says:

    Eric Wright signed by San Fran today.

  3. Bucs win Says:

    Barber certainly didn’t bring his a game to the broadcast. He may not be in regular season form until the 3rd preseason.

  4. RastaMon Says:

    Gosh wasn’t more than a day or two ago…an article about how this camp stressed tackling every practice….to bad they CAN NOT practice “hitting”

  5. Buc1987 Says:

    Off topic question : hey Joe did MY Bucs have the day off today from practice?

  6. Greg285 Says:

    I watched the game last night and it was just horrendous after the 3rd string guys got into the game! LBs make poor reads on the read option and Tandy, Gaitor and Grimm were atrocious!! Tandy and Grimm need to follow Lewis out the door of One Buc Place today!!! Tandy was scared to make contact on damn near every place and whiffed on the TD run by Pierce! It was as bad as it seemed Bucs fans!!!!!

  7. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    A little off topic too, but I was extremely impressed with Ronde Barber on TV. I expected him to be pretty good, but I thought he was excellent. He gave a lot of nice insight on the team as well. He seems really at home on TV, and I expect him to have a long, great career ahead of him.

  8. Danny Says:

    In the words of John McKay: “We didn’t block well, but we made up for it by not tackling.”

  9. Couch Fan Says:

    Blount with a crazy 51 yard run lol

  10. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    @Hawaiian Buc

    Really? I thought Ronde was quite terrible in his first outing. Constantly stuttering and pausing. He did have some real nice insight though. He seemed a bit nervous to me. I think he will get better.

  11. Buc1987 Says:

    I agree with WestCoast once again Ronde was horrendous. Stuttering and mispronouncing words like threat as tret and then correcting himself. Actually lots of mispronounced words.

  12. deathaneers Says:

    Blount is running in Beast mode! If we tackle the way we did the other night..our Bucs will get embarrassed again next week.
    Even loosing in a preseason game the Cowboy fans around here give me hell. Living in Texas sucks

  13. Andrew 1 Says:

    yea, it sure sounded like Ronde’s first time calling a game. despite that he was still insightful.

    overall it was sloppy game by the bucs. missed tackles, miscommunication, and terrible blocking, but thats why they have these preseason games.

    the players that impressed me the most were

    1) Brian Leonard
    2) Johnthan Banks
    3) Adam Hayward
    4) Kevin Ogletree

    honorable mention goes out to Akeem Spence. I thought he played pretty well for his first game as a pro. even though he didnt record a sack, he still was able to apply some pressure. if he can add some pass rush moves to go along with that MEAN bull rush of his, he might just turn out to be a good player for us.

    the players that disappointed me the most were

    1) Chris Owusu
    2) Stevens Means
    3) Keith Tandy
    4) tempted to put Rashaan Melvin here

    everybody else played just OK.

  14. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I sure didn’t see any of that. However, I will admit that on the feed I got (the legal one from the NFL by the way), I only got him for the first half. He may have screwed up the second half.

  15. Stanglassman Says:

    I thought for his first game Ronde did a great job. He wasn’t doing play by play or “call the game” he was color commentator, the person giving insight into the team and whats happening and he did a good job at that.

  16. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    A lot of people said that sack on Josh Freeman was Freeman’s fault. I just watched it over and over on my DVR and I’m convinced that it was not his fault. It was a designed stunt by the defense and the sacking player did a beautiful spin move on Larsen and split the gap between him and Dotson who was dealing with another player of his own. Freeman was going through his normal pass progressions when all of a sudden the defender surprised him and he didn’t have time to unload the ball. The sack was mainly Larsen’s fault but even then it was a beautiful stunt and spin move by the hidden defender. But clearly in my opinion unless Freeman was watching the front line instead of looking down field, there was no way he could have avoided that sack.

  17. 1976Buc Says:

    Blount finished the game with 101 yards and 2 TD’s. Former Buc Geno Hayes dropped a INT in the Jags game.

  18. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Stanglassma

    sorry I wasn’t politically correct. didn’t think people were so sensitive about getting the guys in the booth proper job description titles. ok, as a “color analyst” he didn’t exactly come off as being smooth. but like I said before he still was very insightful. Im not going to be to hard on him though because it was his first time and he probably was nervous. I remember John Lynch was kind of the same way his first time out but got better with every game, just like I think Barber will do as well. Im glad hes up there in the booth and look forward to hearing more from him.

  19. BigMacAttack Says:

    I thought Ronde was pretty good too for a rookie. It’s not as easy as Ronde probably thought it would be, but he’ll learn the job. At least Ronde is intelligent, well spoken and doesn’t butcher the English language like Darren Sharper, Michael Irvin and a few others.

    I enjoyed the rain last night it was cool and The Bucs looked better to me tonight on TV than they did live, last night. It was a pretty good outing overall for mostly back ups and rookies.

    Pretty pretty good.
    Larry David

  20. Bucky23 Says:

    If he’s not ready then doin’t do it, but I think it would be great for Revis’ confidence if he could get out there in week 3 for at least a series or two. Obviously, he hasn’t done anything close to that in practice yet.

    The way that I see it is that we escaped our first game without any major injuries and that’s all i can ask for.

    Go Bucs! keep getting better.

  21. Nic Says:

    Enough about Blount. He was good for a splash play every now and then, but when you needed him to produce (Short yardage, goal line, 4th downs), he had ZERO playmaking ability. Our options for #2 back are much more reliable now. He will have more splash plays in the future, but he will have tons more let-downs.

  22. Couch Fan Says:

    We all know Blount is no short yardage back. But the big guy has a knack for making great long runs. I never get tired of seeing a dude his size making those type of highlight reel runs.