Peyton Barber And Winning

December 7th, 2018

Racking up scores.

Joe doesn’t think the following is much of a coincidence.

Peyton Barber has been running the ball better of late. And he’s also been scoring. Barber has rushed for a touchdown in each of the last three games. (Easily could have had two rushing touchdowns last week but for that borderline fumble at the goal line.)

Compare Barber’s scoring in each of the past three games with the Bucs. The Bucs have won two of their last three games.

Could this be a sign of things to come, that more of an emphasis on running the ball may keep defense sa bit more honest? Joe’s not suggesting the Bucs go ground-and-pound. The team isn’t built for that and Joe really hasn’t seen enough from Barber to believe he is a 25-plus carries a game kind of a guy.

We all know the Bucs run game has, for the most part, been terrible since Chucky was here (yes, Joe knows Doug Martin had two strong seasons). So how about this: If Barber runs for a touchdown Sunday, it will be the first time that a Bucs player (not just running back) to score a rushing touchdown in four straight games since Earnest Graham in 2007.

In the words of the one and only Chris “Mad Dog” Russo of SiriusXM Fame, “that’s all you need to know” about how sad the Bucs running game has been the past decade or so.

18 Responses to “Peyton Barber And Winning”

  1. Bucsfanman Says:

    But, but, but we’re #1 in passing yards! Why would we RUN the ball?! Right?! Am I right?!

  2. 813bucboi Says:

    shouldve run barber last year!!!!!


  3. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    When Barber has a good game, we have a good game. Period.

  4. BucsBandit Says:

    Even in the pass-happy NFL, if you don’t have a solid running game you’re TOAST.

    It’s so easy to see high flying teams and think they don’t need a running game, then you realize the huge yards teams like the Steelers put up with Conner on the ground, the Saints with Kamara, the Rams with Gurley, etc. etc.

    You MUST be able to run the ball or you become one-dimensional the Defenses can take advantage of it.

    When the Bucs are able to run the ball they succeed. Period.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Remember “Pound the Rock”…… we are “Pounding the Pud”

  6. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Barber is not the problem. It’s our OL. So we have 3rd and a yard for a first down that would have iced the game against the Panthers. What do we do? Run the ball behind our “vaunted” left side of Smith and Marpet…those two guys are not exactly “road graders”!

    Our OL gets very little push in the running game. Maybe we can fix it in the off season with more work in the weight room.

  7. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Kobe thinks there is a problem with Barbers run technique that hinders his speed and breaking away

    When Barber makes his first shake move, he comes back immediately again with another shake move back into the defender. Barber should make only 1 juke move and head north instead of making 2 moves and have other defenders close in”

    Kobe Faker

  8. John B Says:

    He’s not a game breaker, he’s todays Erich Rhett, that is all – good enough to get through a season, not explosive, just reliable

    He needs a real complement- hopefully ROJO can develop

  9. Brandon Short Says:

    OMG, Kobe giving running advice to a starting NFL RB like he’s a position coach. You ain’t Ernest Byner, buddy. Ernest P Worrell maybe.

  10. DayOnePaul Says:

    Errict Rhett…

    Makes me laugh every time I hear his name (that his Momma actually chose…supposedly) or of the one quintessential incident in the locker room during the dark days. His hard-headed behind got a sniff of his team laying down in a game when he was a rookie, and he jumped up on a table in the middle of the locker room and barked out “there ain’t a swingin’ d!ck in this room can whoop me. If you think you can, just step right up here and get you some”.


    I’d love to hear an old vet who was in the room that day weigh in here and frame that rant with details that made him go off.

  11. TampaTown Says:

    Let’s not forget Peyton has a bad ankle. He’s probably in a ton of pain but playing through it. This kid is all heart.

  12. Dapostman Says:

    @Brandon Short,

    Now that’s funny……………Lmao!

  13. Dapostman Says:

    This offense needs to get the RB’s more involved in the passing game. LB’s trying to cover RB’s in space is an advantage for the offense. The best offenses use their backs a lot.

  14. “That guy” Says:

    Joe, about that “ borderline fumble”, that’s what scares me about starting this guy. It’s not like the fumble happened at the 50 yard line. The fact is he took 3 points off of the board for sure, and potentially 7. All he had to do was protect the ball and BOOM!!! Tb extends the lead. If not for the great defensive showing, that could’ve cost tb the game, like we’ve all seen in the past.

    Other then that he played great. Go bucs!

  15. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    Well let me first say that I am very happy to see Barber get his shot as the team’s starting RB, by all accounts he sounds like he’s worked very hard to improve his game and gives all he has. Now with that said I can’t get excited about his less that 3.0 YPC these past couple weeks (as has been the case most weeks he’s not facing a poor run defense). I don’t think one can say Martin was terrible and then turn around and sing the praises of Barber. Less than 3.0 YPC isn’t good enough to keep your starting job on most NFL teams.

  16. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Its on constructive criticism

    Just look at Barbers running sunday

    He makes the first move than he immediately goes make to the defender on the 2nd shake or he wastes time juking instead of plantinting his feet and go vetical

    he slows down and jukes too much and loses his wasted speed and power

    He needs to make 1 cut and head up north and break tackles with a stiff arm BUT NEVER SLOWING DOWN”

    “Haters going to Hate”

    Kobe Faker

  17. Trench War Says:

    I need just one more TD and 70 more yards from Barber

  18. Owlykat Says:

    If we had a decent OL Coach Barber would average 100 yards a game.