“The Best Tackling Safety I’ve Ever Seen”

October 26th, 2022

It sounds like general manager Jason Licht drafted two Hall of Fame players in 2020.

That’s what Joe walked away with after hearing Rondé Barber on the Buccaneers Radio Network this week.

After gushing about All-Pro right tackle Tristan Wirfs — who doesn’t? — Barber moved on to safety/nickel cornerback Antoine Winfield, Jr.

“He’s the best tackling safety I’ve ever seen,” Barber said.

“If there was a player that could define that role, safety/nickel, it’s already him. I don’t know anybody that’s done it better. Plays great in space, already mentioned how good of a tackler he is, he has awesome anticipation, and he reads offenses as good as anybody I’ve ever seen.”

“… If you ask me, he’s the best player on the field.”

Joe agrees that Winfield is a very special player and his tackling has turned elite. Last night on the Buccaneers Radio Network, head coach Todd Bowles lamented the loss of “our best tackler,” referring to Winfield currently out of action and in the concussion protocol.

However, Joe can’t shake that Barber once said a former Bucs safety had “the best movement I have ever seen at safety.” If Joe typed that guy’s name here, some fragile Bucs fans would have a nervous breakdown.

Regardless, Winfield is a huge loss for the Bucs against the Ravens tomorrow night, but Joe feels great knowing he’ll be back and is likely to put the defense on his back in a game or two later this season.

Winfield is that good.

24 Responses to ““The Best Tackling Safety I’ve Ever Seen””

  1. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    Hey I remember that safety whose name you will not say

  2. ZZbucs Says:

    Succop and Winfield are the only guys who are playing well, and maybe Otton…the rest…nah!!

  3. ClwJB Says:

    Could Winfield while he is resting perhaps teach tackling and run drills with the rest of the D and special teams units???

    Someone needs to teach a lot of them….

  4. MadMax Says:

    Yeah that was a great draft….I wanted them both. Vaughn is still in it I guess, and we screwed up letting go of Johnson, all though he’s not really doing much right now. He looked good in preseason though. Is what it is, had to make room for Julio.

    I know we should win tomorrow but I said that with the Pitt and Panthers team…so, f it. We gonna do what we do….is what it is. Im still banking on we have mailed it in.

  5. Ultra ClodHopper Says:

    Still remember week one or two he was one on one vs the running back in the open. Textbook tackle by him and he made it look easy. That same week Lenny beat the safety on similar setup.

  6. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    Can he teach Devin White how to tackle?

  7. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Winfield’s game tape should be required watching at One Buc Place. Over and over again until it sinks in.

  8. Buczilla Says:

    It sucks that Winfield can’t play tomorrow, but awesome to hear that Ronde has that much respect for his game. There are some bright spots on our team.

  9. Deeez NATZ Says:

    Sabby da Goat,Sabby da GOATTTTTT!!! There ,I said it 🙂

  10. Joe Says:

    Hey I remember that safety whose name you will not say

    He’s now both a meme and a verb (and sometimes an adjective too).

  11. Hawk Says:

    “the best movement I have ever seen at safety.” is like saying, “She’s got a great personality”.

  12. LOL Says:

    He also compared Rachaad White to Earl Cambell too right?

  13. Red Skeleton Says:

    The play he got hurt on is the perfect example of his tackling skills. Not many would have made that play.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    Chris Conte lol Stiff armed out of football lol

  15. Craig Says:

    The problem is that he is not playing Thursday. That means Lamar gets to run wild.

  16. Bucfan1988 Says:

    Who’s the safety??
    I was thinking Chris Conte ?????

    Remember the stiff-arm he took by that Steelers TE in their last game played.
    That was his final “highlight” as a Buc , lol!!

  17. Paratrooper Buc Says:

    Ever since the safety who shall not be named played I have always paid attention to the position on Bucs defense. Winfield is smart, tough, fast, good instincts and he has tackled like machine. Watching him play has been wonderful since he started and when he got injured I felt that was the game for defense. Winfield was a key cog to keep us in games last year when our secondary was in shambles. Hope he is back and healthy asap.

  18. kyle Says:

    Poor unnamed safety just got abused with a stiff arm/ups truck… He was done after that..lol

  19. Rod Munch Says:

    These players need to toughen up and get back on the field. Not to long ago all these guys would be playing – and guess what 99% of ex-football players are fine. All the BS about CTE is literally fake news. We have NO idea what the CTE rate is with the general population, so there is no way to know if football players have higher rates or not. Sort of a big deal, to have a control group, before making outrageous claims. Then again, if you don’t make outrageous claims, you can’t get that free money after your career ends and you’re broke from spending all that money on chicks and drugs.

  20. BucsfanFred Says:

    Madmax, I read Tyler Johnson got released. Do we still want him? I don’t think so, but he’d be better than Dardung or the china dolls.

  21. unbelievable Says:

    Yup, HUGE loss.

    Him and Davis both being out pretty much killed any small chance we had at beating, or just not being embarrassed, by the Ravens tomorrow.

    I’m actually going to see some live music so I won’t have to ruin my Thursday night watching this pathetic team.

  22. Barbara Roopenian Says:

    Of course CTE is high in the NFL. Read some real research you moron. Macy is smarter than you.

  23. Gamblers Anonymous Says:

    Yeah Rod Munch looking like a complete moron with that take. Why don’t you go out there on the field for 10 years and see how maimed you get. Based in your take that it sounds like you are already touched in the head tough guy! These guys put their health and their brains on the line every week and than have d-bags like Rod calling them p$$ies even though his weak ass would never get anywhere near an NFL football field without getting killed.

  24. garro Says:

    Love Winfield… I have seen him as the only good tackler on the entire defense. That is a problem! Hear that D White JTS?