Ronde Barber: Buccaneers’ Scout?

May 19th, 2016
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Ronde Barber speaks

Is Ronde Barber a trusted member of general manager Jason Licht’s personnel team?

Speaking on WDAE-AM 620 today, the Bucs’ iconic cornerback explained he was provided a list of players on Tampa Bay’s 2016 draft board and secured film on the guys.

And he served up his evaluation.

“I do the Bucs preseason [broadcasts] and was over there and got kind of a list of a bunch of guys that they were thinking about drafting,” Barber said. “Obviously, [Vernon Hargreaves] was one. They really liked him. Noah Spence is another one I spent a lot of time looking at.

“What I love about Vernon is that physical nature. He’s like me, though, when I look at him on film. He looks really small in the huddle. (laughs). That being said, what he gets out of himself is amazing. You know, he plays hard, he plays fast, he’s a technician to a degree. … He cares about his craft. That’s something I didn’t develop until like my third year in the league.

“You can see it him already. You talk to Jason [Licht] and those guys, the scouts, whatever, they talk about his physical nature. Again, I don’t know how big he is, I have not stood next to him. They tell me he’s really thick and he enjoys the physical aspect of the game. So I don’t see any reason at all why he couldn’t be that kind of presence as an inside player to start off here in Tampa. I think that’s where they want to play him.”

Wow. So there’s Barber, scooping up lists of players the Bucs are interested in drafting and watching their film, and chatting it up with scouts and assorted personnel types.

That’s very cool, and it represents an awful lot of trust in Barber, considering he has an impressive media career.

Barber was the ultimate film junkie as a player, and a student of so many aspects of the game. Joe’s glad to hear Licht is embracing him.

37 Responses to “Ronde Barber: Buccaneers’ Scout?”

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    Pro-bowler, Hall of Famer, Studio analyst, Radio Host, TV Announcer, Now Pro Scout!!!!
    Is there anything Rhonde Barber can’t do??????

    Greatest of all time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I wonder if he had some thoughts about Ryan Smith?……I presume he provided some input.

  3. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    Best nickel corner in the history of the game. One of the best corners 10 yards & closer to the line of scrimmage

  4. Buc1987 Says:

    What the h?

  5. SB with Jameis Says:

    Pay more attention to Bucs history 87. The “h” is almost as famous as “Mark” Alstott.

  6. SOGGY Says:

    Never will I forget and always will be greatfull for his pick 6 of mcnabb/eagles trying to come back to beat us, that play sent us to the superbowl.. And that was the last game played in that eagles stadium.. Sweet

  7. SOEbuc Says:

    Ronde needs to start standing next to Vernon and teaching him the ways of the Jedi-corner

  8. SOGGY Says:

    Oh and also they said we could never win in the cold in philly.. um..

  9. Birdman Says:

    That means CB1 – Grimes, CB2 – Verner, CB3 – Hargreaves, with coaches probably planning on swapping Verner and VHIII at some point this year or next.
    Even if our safeties have the same mediocre play as last year we’ll take that. A much improved CB stable coupled with some key additions to the pass rush and this Def could turn the corner this year.

  10. Jason Says:

    Ok, I’ll ask then…. What the deuce is the story behind the “h” in the misspelled Rhonde’s name? Always drives me nuts to see it, but if there’s a “Mark Alstott” story behind it, I’d love to hear it

  11. SeattleBuc Says:

    Brooks and Barber are my two all time favorite Bucs. Did Ronde have a nice second contract with the Bucs? Remember him saying at a PC every year they try to replace me. His last and only year he was asked to play as a Safety:

    Year. G Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int TDs Yds Avg Lng
    2012 16 92 71 21 1.0 0 13 4 1 160 40.0 78T

    No Bucs defensive back has had better stats since. Plus he was a coach on the field. A Leader. Simply the best.

  12. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    For the life of me I cant understand all the his size talk. Aneius Williams 5/11 200lbs,Darrelle Revis 5/11 204 lbs,VH3 5/10 205lbs. Seems to me he is ideal cb size. And for the record(since so mamy here love traveling down memory lane)I recall the Barber brothers time at Virginia. VH3 is so much further along in his game than what Ronde was at this time in his career it aint even funny.

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    SB with Jameis Says:
    May 19th, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    “Pay more attention to Bucs history 87. The “h” is almost as famous as “Mark” Alstott.”

    Oh then please explain then…

  14. Lunchbox Says:

    Aeneas Williams? There’s a blast from the past. Great corner in his time, and the receivers weren’t any shorter when he was playing either. Makes me wonder, how tall was Darrell Green? I hate the Redskins but he was awesome.

  15. Buccfan37 Says:

    The h is silent in Barbers first name.

  16. Lunchbox Says:

    Just looked it up about Darrell Green. Dude is 5’8″!! He played corner most of his career and played like a champ. No reason VH3 can’t make his mark like the other great shorter corners have

  17. pick6 Says:

    really intelligent and detailed guy. i think he has what it takes to be a front office guy in the league if he ever wanted to go that route

  18. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    *Minnie Riperton – Back Down Memory Lane

  19. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Like I’ve always said – there should be no shame – if Hargreaves starts off his career — in the slot.

    LCB – Brent Grimes | Jude Adjei-Barimah
    RCB – Alterraun Verner | Johnthan Banks
    SCB – Vernon Hargreaves | Josh Robinson

  20. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Hopefully we can find a good trade partner for Johnthan Banks – Maybe Cleveland?

  21. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Note: NFL Teams are lining up with three or more receiver sets – almost 60% of the time now.

    Recent Rookie Corners – that have thrived in the Slot
    -Bradley Roby
    – Kyle Fuller

  22. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    The reason I say Cleveland for Johnthan Banks – is because their looking to get younger. Words is Tramon Williams (33) might is on the move.

    Trade straight up Johnthan Banks for Tramon Williams.

    Covert $3.8 MM of Williams contract this year into a signing bonus.
    Essentially giving him guaranteed money next year.

    Would make for a competitive battle at corner.
    Plus give us a great contingency plan – just in case anyone should miss some time.

  23. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Words is Tramon Williams (33) – might *be on the move.

  24. 1trubuc Says:

    my all time #Favorite Barber moment was picking Mcnab to close out the VET!
    he’s total class and excellent role model.

  25. FanOfBucs Says:

    Ronde is Buccaneer Gold, total first class.

    Love 20.

  26. SB with Jameis Says:

    Jason Says:
    May 19th, 2016 at 5:36 pm
    Ok, I’ll ask then…. What the deuce is the story behind the “h” in the misspelled Rhonde’s name? Always drives me nuts to see it, but if there’s a “Mark Alstott” story behind it, I’d love to hear it
    Gruden got ATrain’s name wrong in his first presser as HC for the Bucs
    The ‘h’ thing came as national media kept spelling it wrong then a local beat writer got it wrong and was blasted. You can always tell a fake fan if they spell his name with an h is what I have lived by.

  27. SB with Jameis Says:

    Realist is making fun when he does it.

  28. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    “Hopefully we can find a good trade partner for Johnthan Banks…

    Oh, H3LL no!

    Banks was developing faster than Ronde Barber did before he was benched. The kid will be a good CB so long as he gets good coaching and enough playing time.

    How about trading away players we don’t actually need? Like Glennon and James. (That’s right, I said James).

    If you think the CB we drafted is replacing Banks, don’t count on it. He’s being converted to safety.

  29. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    The second CB I meant…obviously not our first pick.

    If anyone will be gone after this year, it will be our other starting CB, who makes more money than he is worth.

  30. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    SB with Jameis Says
    “Pay more attention to Bucs history 87. The “h” is almost as famous as “Mark” Alstott.”

    Buuulllllllspit! lol

    The “H” is because Realist is actually a dummy. 😉

  31. Buc1987 Says:

    SB with Jameis Says:
    May 19th, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    “Realist is making fun when he does it.”

    That doesn’t make it more famous than Mark Alstott and I DO know my history.

    Thanks for replying otherwise.

  32. Buc1987 Says:


  33. I know why Says:

    @buc realist. Maybe Buc realist you could spell his name correctly. You are a Fraud.

  34. SB with Jameis Says:

    Guys for some reason my comment is still in moderation
    For Jason……..Gruden called Mike….Mark Alstott on his first presser ever for the Bucs
    The ‘h’ came about from national Media types repeatedly misspelling his name then a local guy did the same. Can’t remember his name. Fake Bucs fans spell his name with a ‘h’ alot. A sure sign

  35. SB with Jameis Says:

    Hey 87……..You missed the first 21 years of our history so don’t get so offended huh?

  36. SB with Jameis Says:

    Jeesh…….11 years………I can’t type numbers for Ish!!!

  37. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    Why in the world would we get rid of Banks? In a year or 2 our no. 1 corner will be retired and Verner will more than likely be gone as well. So where would that leave us? You take those 2 guys away and banks is our most experienced CB. And it wouldn’t hurt to keep at least one guy with size. and Before Lovie came around Banks was developing quit well. And I think he will get back on that track now that coach “my way or the highway” is gone. NO CB was gonna succeed in that scheme. Not when u give the receiver 10 yards before you even snap the ball. And u ppl wonder why we couldn’t stop a slant pass. Banks is a young and promising CB that is part of the future. Besides VH3 ofcourse, he would be the last guy u would want to get rid of.