Peyton Barber Talks “Complicated” Learning Curve

July 26th, 2019

Tough duty for Ronald Jones

A fourth-year veteran with an established work ethic and a healthy professional confidence, Peyton Barber is not a guy Joe is worried about learning the Bucco Bruce Arians playbook.

But it’s not a simple process.

And that’s why Joe is a little more concerned today about Ronald Jones after hearing Barber speak this morning at One Buc Palace.

Barber said the offense “is a lot more complicated” for running backs than what he knew under Dirk Koetter. And he added he’s about 70 percent there when asked to grade his mastery to date.

“More complicated blocking schemes. They ask more of us in pass protection,”  Barber explained.

Again, Joe is not concerned about Barber, but Jones had maturity issues last year and was not a quick study. He got rave reviews by seemingly everyone at One Buc Palace this spring, but would he be ready to take over if Barber got hurt (football gods forbid)?

The experts say running back is one of the easier positions for a rookie to excel. The learning curve isn’t usually steep like it was for Jones in 2018.

Joe sure hopes Jones gets a load of work in the first couple of preseason games so some questions can be answered quickly.

16 Responses to “Peyton Barber Talks “Complicated” Learning Curve”

  1. BucEmUp Says:

    Its easier to learn with a good teacher….just a crazy thought?

  2. Jeffbuc Says:

    He will be fine this year. Just was a really young an immature kid last year that was overwhelmed. You see this years offseason he took it serious and out in the work to make his body more prototypical for the position. He probably came in last year as most 20 year old kids who are super successful at a young age and thought he could just walk right in to one buc place and not work hard and it would be easy. Then found out this is t the pac 12 everyone is the best of the best on the field.

  3. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Ummm this doesnt sound promising for the rookie who allegedly could not comprehend a koetter playbook last year and according to everyone koetter cannot coach offense; aside from a top 5 offense and I know stats are irrelevent unless they are jameis stats.

  4. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Barber essentially is 1 and 2 down back. Both to block and plow the line. Rojo will be a third down back where he’ll do less complicated blocking. I guessing he’ll play action the run or split wide as a receiver.

  5. Bucsfanman Says:

    We will see, won’t we?! The cream always rises to the top.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Not only does Rojo have to learn how to pass block…..he has to learn how to run block for himself since nobody else does……

  7. LordCornelius Says:

    I mean his status entering camp is basically rock bottom so nowhere to go but up or off the team.

  8. JimmyJack Says:

    Lord…….I can think of one way for him to go that’s not up. It’s called CUT!!

    But I’m not awaiting any cut. I’m waiting for the game. We get Pittsburg in about 2 weeks and I expect to see Jones get a hefty share. The needle will move on him based on that game. Up or down.

  9. JimmyJack Says:

    And I usually like to give draft choices 3 seasons of work to judge. But as the article says RBs dont take as long as other positions.

    Ronald gotta show something and it gotta be soon.

  10. JimmyJack Says:

    Oops….sorry Lord. Didn’t read your last three words. It’s sports so you are obligated to forgive me. Jumping to conclusions is a right of passage.

  11. LordCornelius Says:

    lol it’s ok Jimmyjack

  12. Defense Rules Says:

    Unless I misread Spotrac, Barber is making $2.1 mil this year, with RoJo pocketing $1.6 mil. Most folks around the world won’t even come close to making that in a lifetime, much less in 1 year. Don’t be whining about how hard the playbook is to learn. Both of you need to study your arse off, know that playbook backwards & forwards, and show everyone that you deserve a spot on this team. No excuses.

  13. Pittsshore Says:

    Should it concern us that JameisNOT will also has to learn this playbook?

  14. mark2001 Says:

    Yes Joe…I’m worried… about the RB’s, the pass rush, the secondary, Winston’s off the field behavior based upon past experience, and many players return to health from injury last year. Who isn’t worried about all these things?

  15. Bradentonbuc Says:

    This may be conjecture but add these statements by barber into the referendum on coaching theme. Dirk had problems with young RB’s and pass pro – for sure Snoop Dogg McPlaybook and possibly RoJo. If Arians can turn around RoJo and get him playing to potential it would say something about Arians coaching if he’s getting better production with ‘harder’ pass pro schemes

  16. BigHog Says:

    Defense Rules/ Defense Rules!!!! enough said!!!