Bucs May Have Found A Closer

September 21st, 2017

In baseball, a closer is the pitcher managers bring in late in the game to slam the door on the opponent. Close the game out.

It seems, from the words of Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken, the Bucs could have their closer already on the roster.

In fact, if Sunday’s game plays out the way Monken would like, he’s like to see Peyton Barber pound the Vikings defense to move the chains and make the Vikings tap out.

“Peyton is a good guy in the second half,” Monken said. “He is much more of a load. I think as we got going a little bit and body blows at the end of the [Chicago] game, I think both teams were getting tired but who was going to finish? [Barber] is always a good guy to have in short yardage and when you want to finish a game.”

In other words, close the game out.

So can Bucs fans expect to see Barber be anointed as the new closer?

19 Responses to “Bucs May Have Found A Closer”

  1. SOEbuc Says:

    I’ve liked Barber since he got here. Always thought he could pound the rock.

  2. darin Says:

    There ya go monk….barber on 3rd and 1!!! Sims is playing twister in the backfield

  3. AlteredEgo Says:

    been posting all week here…Barber is gonna have a huge game in the dome…

  4. Wausa Says:

    PB does need to work on his stamina, but of the backs the Bucs have I like him carrying the ball the best.
    I’d like to see them sprinkle in 5 or 6 runs from him in the 1st half of games.

  5. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Peyton ran out of gas but again it was brutal last Sunday in Tampa’s heat and humidity and it looked to me as if everybody on both sides were gassed by the end of that game.

    Minnesota should be a totally different challenge indoors with AC and superfast turf. Since we have a very fast defense I expect that to work to our advantage.

  6. biff barker Says:

    We need the ability to run effectively in all 4 quarters.

  7. Pistol Pete Says:

    I was clamoring for him instead of twinkle toes…so happy when he got in and started pounding it.
    That 3rd and 1 call to Sims still gets me riled up.

  8. Seattle Buc Says:

    He ran out of gas but he had juzt popped off 2 long runs and they were in hurry up, end of 3rd quarter.

  9. Kstoges Says:

    Chuck had one bad game and everyone wants to rip him apart he wasent even used right either so it’s not all his fault but he deff didn’t play good but he had one bad game chill the guys a beast in the open field and he’ll prove it

  10. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Biff is right if not stating the obvious. LOL.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I like the idea of using a closer….because that would mean we have a very comfortable lead…..otherwise, we need to pour it on…….not exactly what we did against the Bears….

  12. Pick6 Says:

    gotta work on his conditioning if he wants to follow the blount\alstott tradition of producing awesome 4th quarter highlight plays. one of the most beautiful sights in football is a big halfback gashing a tired defense, breaking tackles or hurdling guys too gassed to go high on a big ballcarrier

  13. Joe Says:

    There ya go monk….barber on 3rd and 1!!! Sims is playing twister in the backfield

    LOL 🙂

  14. DoNUTS Says:

    Barber drinks coffee….Coffee is for closers.

  15. JAB83 Says:

    When you gonna start letting me write and work for you Joe? Clearly I control the narrative. As everything I project about this team and fan base has come to pass.

    Here is a new one for everyone.

    Regarding Godwin. Unlike what I have said about OJ being a late season or big game TE (cant wait for that Miami game now. Im sure OJ was/is a big part of that game plan), Chris is about to explode on to the seen this week. He is gonna put up big yac yards. May only get 3 or 4 targets but look for hime to take his opportunity and run with it. Im gonna say he get 120 yards and a TD vs the Vikings.

    Regardless of stats. He is gonna flash this week.

    ME will do his thing 100 yards and a TD.

    Jax will start showing some frustration but dont worry its a show.

    Would be surprised if JW dont roll up at least 300 yards and 2 TDs this week. The D should be able to continue giving the O the ball back.

  16. SB Says:

    LLLLOOOOVVVVVEEEE this kid and his story. He is one that DESERVES to make it in the NFL. Heart, Drive, and Talent, can’t be taught.

  17. Buccaneer Bill Says:

    You’re showing your colors with the Bruce Sutter image Joe! It works for me, the only team I like better than the Cards is the Bucs.

  18. Capt.Tim Says:

    Peyton Barber looks like a great finisher.
    Looks like he might be a great starter, Too!

  19. orlbucfan Says:

    Liked Barber from the first preseason game he played as a Buc. He doesn’t have fumble-itis, and looks like a tank on the field. Amen to him being the closer! Go Bucs!!