Several inaccuracies in the OP.
Forced to play out of position in 2012, Barron looks to take steps forward as he plays closer to the line of scrimmage.
but out of necessity he played almost exclusively in that role during his rookie season. With a year under his belt, and Ronde Barber retired, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to give him more opportunities to succeed.
It's a f*cking passing league. Most of the time we are going to be in 2 deep safety coverage and Barron is always going to have pass coverage responsibility on pass plays, unless he is blitzing/spying the QB. Him being the SS or FS does not change that.
This involves having him play a role more similar to Barber's last year -- up at the line of scrimmage. Barber played there in an effort to extend the aging veteran's ability in a role that limited his need for speed and agility.
Completely false. Barber played back 12-15+ yards off the LOS most of the year. There was 1 game where he played the majority of his snaps up near the LOS...week 17 vs the Falcons.http://www.pewterreport.com/Boards/index.php/topic,1304750.msg1910521.html#msg1910521
Here is a quick breakdown from this thread on where the safeties lined up in 2012.
Now…for some 2012 percentages.
% of plays where _____ was single high without any other safety help: Barron: 7.1% of the time…or 72 total plays. Barber: 5.5% of the time…or 56 total plays. Black: 3.8% of the time…or 39 total plays
% of plays where _____ was the furthest safety from the LOS: Barron: 21.7% of the time….or 219 total plays. Barber: 22.5% of the time…or 228 plays. Black: 12%...or 123 plays
% of plays where Barron was 2(or 3)deep and the same distance from the LOS as his fellow safety(safeties): Barron: 38% of plays…384 plays.
% of plays where Barron was the closest safety to the LOS or up in the box: 44.1% of plays…445 plays
% of plays where the Bucs only had 1 safety high and at least 1 other safety “in the box”: 16.5%
72 plays out of 1000+ plays where Barron was the single high safety with no help.
As you can see, Barber had more plays where he was the safety furthest from the LOS, not Barron. 228 vs. 219
On 38% of the snaps last year, the safeties were at an equal distance from the LOS...example -
On roughly 44% of the plays last year, Barron was the closest safety to the LOS.
People like to pretend that Barron was hung out to dry last year and was played "out of position".
He is a safety, and safeties are required to cover. I suggest that we don't buy into crap like what is presented in the OP. Schiano has stated that he looks at both guys as interchangeable and both can play either safety position. Sorry folks, but if you didn't like how Schiano played Barron last year, there isn't going to be much change. You may see him step take a few snaps in the area between the LBs and Safeties with Black and Goldson covering the back half of the field, but it wont be for a large portion of the snaps....and even if this is done, Barron will still have coverage responsibility. So the thought that he is poor in coverage, so we should make him cover, is completely ridiculous. Either you are rushing/spying the QB, or you are covering..period. Zone coverage shouldn't be a huge worry this coming season, but it is a concern when he has to cover TEs one on one. That is where he truly struggled last year. We should see improved play from Barron, but it won't be because the Bucs are using him differently, because they won't.