“That’s What Carlton’s Getting Ready To Face”

December 1st, 2021

Bucs cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross

More chatter about Super Bowl cornerback Carlton Davis preparing to play is coming from inside One Buc Palace. And it’s not from Bucco Bruce Arians.

Cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross was talking on the Buccaneers Radio Network yesterday about the return of Sean Murphy-Bunting in the last two games. Murphy-Bunting was out with a dislocated elbow for 2 1/2 months and has made huge plays since jumping back into the starting lineup.

But Ross was adamant that Murphy-Bunting is playing nowhere near his capabilities and is dealing with a lot of rust.

That’s exactly what the Bucs expect from Davis, Ross said, and they’ve been preparing him for the upcoming struggle.

“Sean Murphy-Bunting right now, he’s still got a ways to go,” Ross said. “You’ve been off that long. Your timing is off. It’s almost like you have to learn how to tackle again. And that’s what Carlton’s getting ready to face. Carlton’s been off for a while, so Carlton’s going to have to adapt to hitting condition as well as, you know, actually playing. And that’s going to take a couple of games to get his feet under him.”

Ross continued and it sounded like he was saying Davis was learning from Murphy-Bunting’s re-acclimation challenge.

Frankly, Joe thinks Murphy-Bunting has done a hell of a job, leading the Bucs in tackles against the Giants and making plays. Then he followed that up with an inconsistent performance in Indianapolis.

Joe can’t wait for all these cornerbacks to get healthy, even backup Richard Sherman.

10 Responses to ““That’s What Carlton’s Getting Ready To Face””

  1. BucSpain Says:

    SMB had a forced fumble last Sunday? Only Barrett and Edwards forced fumbles according to my memory and official stats.

  2. Robert Says:

    CD, SMB, maybe Dean and Sherman as a reserve. I like it.

    especially if we’ve been lucky to have one of them on the field lately

  3. Listnfrmafar Says:

    There’s a corner backs coach? What is he teaching them??? Not afraid to say, I’m a little concerned about Matt Ryan, just saying he ain’t no Simeion.

  4. zzbuc Says:

    Carlton Davis never was a good tackler

  5. Bellingham Bucs Fan Says:

    Actually, SMB looked like the son of Rod Jones and Myron Lewis and almost single handedly lost us that game.

  6. PSL Bob Says:

    Atlanta would be a great place to start the conditioning. They can limit his snaps, as I’m sure TB12 and the O will jump out to a commanding lead.

  7. Ash Says:

    Smb didn’t have a forced fumble Edward’s did I dont think smb is playing that well the giants are just bad and he didn’t have a great game against the Colts definitely excited to have Davis back. Davis and Dean on the outside with Edward’s in the slot should improve the defense quite a bit

  8. cover deuce Says:

    SMB is talented, but he just hasn’t been that good outside of the SB run. Just hasn’t put it together with any real consistency. Not even the best nickel guy on the roster right now (that’s Edwards). Gotta hope at least one of CD3 and Dean can suit up and go.

  9. cmurda Says:

    Perspective people. Perspective. SMB suddenly had to be thrust into the #1 role while the likes of Desir and Cockrell joined him. That’s not exactly what he signed up for. SMB is not a shutdown corner. He’s a playmaking slot corner. His reactions and skillset seem to be best suited where he can read the quarterback easier whereas Carlton is a shutdown corner. I watched that Indy game on replay last night and SMB played just fine. He was a bit inconsistent but so is anybody being thrust into that position. Carlton and Dean get back and this defense will be back to being stout.

  10. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    His nickname is Burnt Toast for a reason. Having rust wasn’t an excuse for him last year and he was being toasted roasted and burned so much you’d think he had an std. Davis is our best but he takes too many risks and chances in coverage thinking he can catch up but doesn’t. Catches too many PI penalties as well. If we’re going to play a lot of zone then Edward’s should be on the field more. I don’t understand why these back ups who aren’t made for man coverage aren’t taught proper technique for press at the line. Get their hands on their guy at the line and at least hold him there for one second then run with him the best they can. Put the LBs in obvious slant lanes to give the DL an extra second to put the pressure on the qb.