More Peyton Barber

November 7th, 2017

May get more carries.

Joe wonders why the Bucs kept running back Peyton Barber locked in a cage so long. It seems winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter may allow Barber more fresh air in the immediate future.

Barber came off the bench at New Orleans and gave the lifeless Bucs running attack a spark Sunday.

In the sparse rushing opportunities granted Barber, he has not embarrassed himself. As a result, Koetter did not deny Monday that the Bucs might find ways to get Barber more involved. Soon.

“Peyton did do a good job of breaking tackles and running after first contact,” Koetter said. “Peyton did a good job of [running after contact]. We’ve been wanting to get Peyton in there for a couple of weeks now and it worked out that way [Sunday] and we will see what happens here moving forward.”

What is there to lose? The Bucs are going nowhere, unless you count barreling towards a top-five pick in the draft next spring. It’s time to play the young guys like Barber and Chris Godwin and Devante Bond and Caleb Benenoch.

If, in these next eight games, Barber proves he can be counted on the carry the rock, then perhaps the Bucs won’t need Saquon Barkley and instead can focus on drafting Bradley Chubb.

30 Responses to “More Peyton Barber”

  1. Blake_Bucsfan Says:

    It only took Koetter 7 weeks to try and get Barber more touches.

    Even when Doug was looking decent, which sadly he isn’t any longer, Barber still should have been getting his touches over Rodgers and Sims.

  2. Dr. Lob Says:

    Draft a quarterback !!

  3. Blake_Bucsfan Says:

    ^ You should Draft an intellect.

  4. Bucsfanman Says:

    How is it that the Eagles can find a way to use their personnel and we can’t? Ajayi, Sproles, AND Blount? No problem. Torrey Smith and Jeffries? 2nd year QB? No problem.
    If it isn’t working, change it IN THE GAME. You don’t have to wait until the ‘L’ is in the win/loss column.
    And please, enough with the lip-service. Fans have already lost their patience.

  5. passthebuc Says:

    They do not need a first 5 pick, they need multiple draft picks. You can have my first 5 and i will take a late first a 2nd and a 3rd or some variation.

  6. passthebuc Says:

    Just remember
    You can fool some of the people all of the time
    all of the people some of the time

    and that’s enough to make a killing in pro sports.

  7. Kobe Faker Says:

    Barber and godwin “should” have great games

    Kobe gaveup on OJSTOCKER movement…6 out o6 catches, 2tds and 100 yards wasnt good enough for koetter


  8. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    With Barber running the ball, we seemed to be taking on the identity of a power running football team.
    Unlike Martin, Barber is a punishing runner, with that big azz and thick legs that makes him a beotch to tackle.
    Our O Line seemed to enjoy blocking for him.

  9. 911bucs Says:

    I don’t understand his comment “we’ve been wanting to get Peyton in there for a couple weeks now”. Why does it take that long when obviously the running game is going nowhere? Are they giving DM one last shot to see if he has anything left? Unfortunetly I think DM’s days are over in TPA after this year. The stutter step before hitting the line isn’t working at all.

  10. ClodHopper Says:

    Been wanting to? Finally worked out that way? Koettler coddling the stars. It’s obvious Peyton has been better than Doug in his limited role. Maybe he should spend less time in the quarterbacks room and watching Jameis throw 200 balls a day and look at the rest of the team for once!!! It’s embarrassing how long this took!

  11. Kobe Faker Says:

    Kobe knows Koetter like the back of his hand

    Druggie is going to start and get the most carries. Only time they might change is if Druggie goes over 100 yards and gets the game ball

    “I coach like Kobe Faker posts”

    Klueless Koetter

  12. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Or possibly the gomer pyle GM that is currently employed in Tampa could have drafted one of the 50 NFL ready RBs that were available but instead he gets the mental case similar to the kicker…..

  13. AlteredEgo Says:

    Let him,Barber, play….we need to find out if he has a future in the NFL….

  14. Kobe Faker Says:

    Kobe Faker analytics….

    We need Tenn Titans to lose and not make the playoffs

    Give Jon Robinson the highest GM salary and give him ABSOLUTE POWER & CONTROL…

    What the Hell, TOTAL CONTROL of the tampa area. He even controls the local tv networks and JBF websitesite. No leaks and subconscious propaganda will be streamed thru the JBF website

    We shall bow down to him everytime he walks by and call him Adolf

  15. 813bucboi Says:

    its time for this incompetent coach to be put out of his misery….we should’ve been playing barber and running it at least 25-30 times a game once Winston hurt his shoulder….nawl what does dirk do…..have Winston throw 44 and 38 times and was on his way to another 35+ attp…C’MON MAN!!!…GO BUCS!!!!

  16. Not there yet Says:

    Lol I can’t wait for this season to be over with our maybe I mean this current regime. Tired of us being irreverent and tired the realization that this coach doesn’t feature his best weapons and won’t play the most productive players. How can having a good game earn you more playing time if you couldn’t get a start because the guy in front of you his name is Doug Martin and he used to be good. Dirk is thinking if I don’t play him I might miss out on one of those breakout games he had back in 2015. Dirk your a great coordinator stick with that it’s how you’ll stay in this league. After watching him lifeless on that sideline he’ll never be a head coach again not even in college. That was the time to step up and show you own this team….. If I’ve tuned him out think of how easy it is for these players to do it

  17. Broy34WantsGruden+Jameis Says:

    We have been waiting for weeks to get him in there. Koetter is so unbelievably dumb it’s frustrating. Every fan on this site as well as the powers of joe Bucs fan wanted barber in. Dude comes in and immediately makes an impact. After the drive he puts Martin back in. Omfg. Then says we’ve been waiting. Does koetter realize he’s the head coach and can put him in whenever he wants. My god he talks as if he was waiting for him to heal from an injury. Koetter makes less adjustments than Lovie. For the love of humanity get a coach with a freaking clue. And nobody wants to mention the constant 30 yard punts from the 40 on 4th and short. Keep playing for field position dirk nicely done. Same moron who doesn’t run a sneak with a massive QB.

  18. derrickbrooksforGM Says:

    @AlteredEgo He does. He’s a pretty good RB. Better than Martin at this point.

    @813bucboi good point indeed.

  19. IsrBuc Says:

    This is the biggest knock on Koetter IMO. Sticking with the helpless Doug Martin through last season and giving him so much credit this season killed our offense and probably should cost Koetter his job.

  20. Frank Pillow Says:

    Dirk is in over his head and should cede play-calling duties, so he can get a better handle on his locker room and self assess his (mis)management of this team. Check the ego at the door Dirk, before it hits you on the way out.

  21. uckinator Says:

    How many times have you seen Doug Martin dragged down from behind after he breaks through the line ? Now he’s at the age and # of carries that he’s not even breaking through the line of scrimmage, just doing his “Happy feet” rendition. If I were the Glasers, Id want to know why their paying this bum star money. Won’t be long until the final accounting is done with the misses this staff has compiled. Man – it must be depressing around 1 Buc Place now.

  22. FortMyersDave Says:

    Sticking with Martin was sheer arrogance from both Koetter and Licht. Its as if they were playing him to simply show the skeptics that they did not need to draft a plug and play RB in the past couple of drafts and instead loaded up on what could be “the best player available” (Godwin, OJ Howard perhaps) when decent other options were still on the board or a trade down was possible for more picks and still getting that elusive RB…. So the Bucs simply had zilch running attack and made the team one dimenional as the powers that be kept plugging in Martrin after he returned and the team has circled the drain. In a normal business that would be “show cause” for dismissal of all 3…. Lets play Barber if the braintrust at One Buc want to win a couple of games or at least become slightly competitive on offense. Go Fitz, Go Barber,steal a couple of Ws.

  23. IsrBuc Says:

    @FortMyersDave I think we make the playoffs last year if we stick to Rodjers and not move him aside for Martin. Martin made us one dimentional this year and although i’m not a Jameis Freeman fan, We should have done much better had we put Barber and Rodjers instead of Martin

  24. Kobe Faker Says:

    along with “sticking too long with and lack of player accountability”

    You guys do know that our franchise QB shoulder was damaged in the beginning with arizona, reinjured in buffalo and injured further in the saints game ALL by our pathetic molasse Donavon Smith’s man…no one else

    many here knew molasse was going to get jameis hurt and it finally happened, but absolutely no change these 3 weeks … lol, Dsmith doesnt even get blamed or held accountable. He is excused and out of the game by a fake injury

  25. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I said that Barber would be lucky to make this team in the off season…and that was because I knew the coaching staff did not value him as much as Bucs Fans seemed to.

    He made the team, but did he play much? Nope.

    I’m all for him getting more touches, but let’s be honest here…it won’t matter.

    No RB is going to do well while this team is missing two important things:

    Better run blocking from the offensive line
    A true Fullback (who can lead block AND can make short yardage runs)

    Until those two issues are addressed, we won’t get a consistent running game.

    But you know what? The defensive line is more important at this point.

  26. JJBucFan Says:

    Exactly Kobe, D Smith is Jameis’ Kryptonite, Jameis knows he is going to get pressure from his blind side so he hurries his throws. Never should have been a LT, but our “brass” knows better than every other team and expert and will move players into positions they should not be, i.e. Smith at LT, Marpet to center, Ryan Smith to Safety, etc. I do not want to continue the carousel, but you do it until you get it right. BTW, do it NOW, don’t wait until the end of the year (I know it won’t happen-but I can’t stand these guys).

  27. JJBucFan Says:

    What the hell happened to Alan Cross? That guy was so dependable, could catch and block. Dude has disappeared. Was he cut or injured? Or has he been buried as well?

  28. Bucsfanman Says:

    Agree Bonzai! There is no REAL commitment to running the football. Just so we can gain a little perspective, Barber ran for 34 yds on 11 carries. He LOOKED better because of what he’s being measured against in that game. 3.1 yards per carry is NOT good.

    @JJBuc- I wondered the same thing. We NEED a FB!

  29. adam from ny Says:

    koetter is starting to look like that dumb science teacher in school you never paid attention to…

    yeahhh dirk…”speak softly and carry a big mutha fuggin’ bunsen burner”

  30. adam from ny Says:

    ship mike smith off to rancho cucamonga and that’ll the end of him