Barber Says Vikings Have Old School Bucs Feel

November 5th, 2014

bridgewaterJoe literally wrote about 679 times this offseason that the Bucs must do what they have to do in order to draft Johnny Football or Teddy Bridgewater.

Call Joe a freak show, but a brand new regime with a quarterbacks guru offensive coordinator in the house sure seemed like a darn good time to draft and develop a QB.

So with that in mind, it made Joe somewhat ill to hear Bucs icon Ronde Barber speak this week about Bridgewater.

Barber has moved up the ranks as a game color analyst for FOX, and he’s busy calling games and diving into film study. Barber studied Bridgewater and the Vikings under first-year head coach Mike Zimmer, and it makes him feel like he’s seeing the throwback Buccaneers.

“If you’ve never met Teddy, Teddy is like this old soul in a 21-year-old’s body,” Barber said on national CBS Radio . “Nothing’s too big for him. So whether he’s playing well or whether he’s playing poorly, he’s a calming influence. There was nothing really major that happened in the second half of that [Vikings-Redskins] game other than him making a couple more throws and then (Minnesota) getting some stops on defense.

“That team is built kind of like the team that I played on for years. You’re not going to get many explosive plays because Teddy’s not very good delivering the ball down the field on deep shots, but when their defense plays well, Teddy plays well – and that was the case on Sunday. If you were watching that game, it felt like Washington was going to run away with it but then they just got methodically back into it.”

In that Skins game, Minnesota scored two, clock-eating fourth-quarter touchdowns, a 10-play, 76-yard drive and a 12-play, 73-yard drive.

Entering this season, two NFC teams had great need at quarterback: the Vikings and Buccaneers.

The Vikings attacked the position by trading their second- and fourth-round picks to move up and in last year’s draft to grab Bridgewater. The Bucs signed Josh McCown in free agency.

This doesn’t help Joe sleep at night.


15 Responses to “Barber Says Vikings Have Old School Bucs Feel”

  1. Tony Says:

    you really think Teddy looks any good at all? Listen to Cossell break him down along with the eye ball test. HUGE pass on that noodle armed kid.

    Umm, Cosell also told us Mike Glennon is on a Matt Ryan track. –Joe

  2. Skyline Crew Says:

    Bridgewater is not good.

    That’s not what Vikings fans think. Shown a lot as a rookie coming off the bench to take the job. –Joe

  3. bucrightoff Says:

    Wow this is what it’s coming? Bridgewater is having a statistically worse season than Glennon (fewer YPA, more sacks, more INTs, more TDs than INTs. etc). But he has a better team around him and a much better coach. This is a testament that building a team is more important than relying on a QB. They aren’t winning because of Teddy and it’s ridiculous to suggest they are.

  4. Zam Says:

    Let’s stop annointing guys before they deserve it. We can talk about Bridgewater and Bortles and Manziel 2 years from now.

    Should have at least drafted a quarterback somewhere though. The good QB’s in this league (above 90 rating) are about 50% from the first round. So it doesn’t have to be a top 5 pick.

    But you can’t play if you don’t enter. 14 other teams drafted a QB in this last draft, but not the Bucs. Head-scratcher.

  5. buddhaboy Says:

    He’s not good? Ha ha. He whooped the bucs.

  6. Tony Says:

    He whooped the Bucs? I don’t know if ‘whooped’ is the right word, but in case you haven’t noticed, the Bucs are bad.

  7. Skyline Crew Says:

    He did whoop the Bucs. You must have been asleep during that game.

  8. Pierce Says:

    I still think Johnny Manziel doesn’t have the pocket discipline to be effective in the nfl. You don’t see Drew Brees running around like Johnny football does for a reason – longevity

  9. Skyline Crew Says:

    *He Didn’t whoop the Bucs. 241 yds and a TD is not doing anything. The kid is truly awful. This is why he has 3 TDs to 5 Ints.

  10. Skyline Crew Says:

    Nobody runs around like Manziel because Manziel doesn’t play.

  11. Skyline Crew Says:

    Joe- To your comment that Vikings fan don’t think so. Reminds me of us when Glennon came in last year. Currently Bridgewater is one of the worse QBs in the league. 3 TDs to 5 Ints. He averages 220 yds a game. He got that high because he almost had a career day against us with 241 yds. I wish him success, but so far he is not good. Maybe next year he can turn the corner after a full off season.

  12. Celly Says:

    buddhaboy Says:
    November 5th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    He’s not good? Ha ha. He whooped the bucs.

    Skyline Crew Says:
    November 5th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    He did whoop the Bucs. You must have been asleep during that game.

    Glennon whooped the Bucs that day.

    I need a QB that can reliably put up 2 TDs.

    That’s all it would’ve taken to win that game in regulation. As I’ve said before, you can’t expect the defense to pitch a shutout every game.

  13. iamkingsu Says:

    Zimmer was the obvious choice even before chip Kelly stiffed on the runway. How could anyone that watches as much football as you guys(analysts bloggers, so called experts) not see that? I think I’m going to go look into my twiiter archives where I tweeted you and the great Steve white “why not Zimmer” but received no reply

  14. RichinNC Says:

    I want to know who photoshopped Johnson into that photo. That is like a bigfoot sighting, Johnson near a quarterback just does not exist.

  15. Brandon Says:

    Bridgewater has won his last 2 in a row… or more than all Bucs QBs this year.