Live And Learn

October 17th, 2013

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Part of the Bucs loss to the Eagles that still rolls around in Joe’s noggin is that of all people, N-bomb dropping Riley Cooper fried Bucs cornerback Johnthan Banks.

Today in the Bucs locker room, Banks fessed up to his mistakes. But like a rookie should, Banks admitted those plays are not in his memory bank.

“I’ve just got to live and learn,” Banks said. “I’m playing this game, I’m a rookie, I’m out there flying around having fun making plays. I made two mistakes that cost our team some big yards and seven points, but I’m just out there having fun and it’s a big learning experience. If I don’t take anything from those games there’s no use of me being out there. Every game I’m out there I make a mistake, I learn from it. That was one of those things where I hate that it happened, but I’m kind of glad it did happen. It’s something I can learn from. It’s something I can work on and get better at.”

Banks did give a lot of credit to his fellow members of the Bucs secondary who have taken him aside for personal tutoring to help him accelerate his NFL learning curve.

“My teammates, they’re always supportive,” Banks said. “That’s one thing about this team, I came from a great team in Mississippi State, but the family environment here it’s like totally different, I’m so comfortable being around these guys. I enjoy coming into work and working with these guys. All these older guys, [cornerbacks] Mike [Adams] and [Darrelle] Revis, they knew I was kind of down about it and they both just kept talking me up and they’ve been helping me out along the way and it’s been fun.”

This week, Banks will face another elite quarterback in a short time period. First it was Drew Brees than Tom Brady and now, Matty Ice, as the Dixie Chicks find themselves in a desperation game for playoff-hope survival.

“I’m getting used to it, it’s been fun, just getting to go against these guys,” Banks said. [Atlanta Falcons quarterback] “Matt Ryan, I think he’s similar to [New Orleans Saints quarterback] Drew Brees, all of them are different but I honestly think Matt Ryan is similar to Drew Brees. He’s a really good quarterback, probably one of the top five, top 10 quarterbacks in this league and it’s going to be another challenge going out and facing him.”

The cool thing about this, if there is one, for Joe is that Banks actually knows he made a mistake and seems to understand, partially from listening to his teammates, what he did wrong and what to do to correct his missteps.

The fact he’ll face two sure-fire Hall of Famers and a perennial Pro Bowler in three of his first seven games will certainly help him down the road.

16 Responses to “Live And Learn”

  1. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    At least he hasn’t been sidelined by injury yet….knock on wood…

  2. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Dom!! grab WR Chris Harper (49ers just released), the kids a solid young prospect.

  3. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Chris Harper is a much better overall WR prospect then Dezmon Briscoe KU- IMHO

  4. PRBucFan Says:

    I’m exited to see where this kid can take his game to.

  5. Deminion Says:

    Actually thought he cuda picked off foles on the deep ball he had position on the route

  6. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Matt Ryan a “sure-fire” Hall of Famer? Don’t get me wrong he’s a solid QB, but after some 6 seasons he’s already a lock? I mean he’s not very reliable in the playoffs, his only playoff win he got outplayed by rookie Russell Wilson.

  7. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Chris Harper and Tim Wright can battle it out at the slot

  8. PRBucFan Says:

    I’m sure Tim is going to stay at what’s working.

    And WalkdaPlank I think the sure fire hall of famers he was referring to was Br@dy and Brees.

  9. Capt. Tim Says:

    They called Chris Harper.
    They said he just started laughing. When he finally quit , he said he once had an illness that required penincellin. A little embarrassing!

    Doesn’t want anyone getting mad at him, and releasing his info to the press!
    Thanks, but no thanks!

  10. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Ah yes, my mistake. The perennial pro-bowler is Matt Ryan. lol my bad.

  11. Andrew 1 Says:

    you nailed it Joe in your second to last paragraph. when he said “That was one of those things where I hate that it happened, but I’m kind of glad it did happen. It’s something I can learn from. It’s something I can work on and get better at.” I also got a sense that he is very mature, even for his age. now, being mature doesn’t necessarily mean hes going to turn out to be a good player, but its definitely a step in the right direction. imo and from what I saw from him in college is that he needs to work on his deep ball coverage, especially in one on one situations. it certainly helps when a player like Revis is giving him pointers though.

  12. WalkdaPlank Says:

    @Capt. Tim – I see what you did there.

  13. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @Capt. Tim

    smh..sad but true

  14. Pewter Power Says:

    Banks will be fine, got to get burnt here and there in order to learn. He is growing, nice interception against the Cards, hoping for more of those as they continue to pick on the rook.

    Keep up the hard work #27….

  15. PRBucFan Says:

    “sad but true”


  16. Bobby Says:

    Tom Brady and Drew Brees were the sure fire hall of famers. Matt Ryan was the perennial pro bowler.