After 15 seasons in the NFL fan-favorite Ronde Barber is learning a new position. But listening to Barber describe it the transition shouldn't be difficult.
Heading into his 16th season in the NFL there isn’t a whole lot veteran Ronde Barber hasn’t seen or done. But lining up at safety is a somewhat new experience for the five-time Pro Bowler. Talking to reporters following Wednesday’s second day of mini-camp Barber spoke about the move.
“I am fitting where needed, currently,” Barber said. “They know I can play corner. They know I can play inside. I am where there is a loose spot right now. Which I am all right with right now. It is good. It is fun. A lot to learn, but it is good.”
Barber was asked specifically what the most difficult part of the transition will be.
“There is no transition,” Barber said. “What I have done so far in this camp is really no different than me playing down in the box all those years. I have done some half-field stuff and some whole stuff before so it is not much of a transition. It is just slowing my feet down from corner feet to safety feet. It is a little bit of a learning curve in the verbiage and the assignments, but nothing that I can’t handle if need be.”
When asked about the style of defense the Buccaneers will play under new head coach Greg Schiano and defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan, Barber was coy with his response.
“I know what it is going to be, but I am not going to tell you,” Barber said. “A defense is defense. There are only so many ways to peel an orange now and we have run variations of this in the past. Obviously the way they call it is going to be completely different. It is definitely going to be aggressive. We will be able to do a lot more things with some of our disguises with what he has in right now, but again we have only been in two days with this deal. I don’t know what is left. We will see.
“It is going to be a steady learning process. Quick leaves out the details. We have a lot of details to hammer down. We will be ready when Carolina comes in here at the beginning of the season.”
Schiano spoke about Barber’s ability to play any defensive back position after Wednesday’s practice.
“In my short time with Ronde (Barber) he is the epitome of a pro football player,” Schiano said. “Having coached in this league even though it was 15 years ago I remember it [and] I had the opportunity to ... and Ronde was one of those guys. There was a play yesterday that was kind of an everyday play that you could go through the motions or you could really—and he did it like a rookie trying to impress the coaching staff. That to me is what a true pro is. He is trying to perfect his craft. I like what I see out there. I don’t know if that’s where he will stay or not. I really like the way he is attacking it and I think he can do it. You know in the scheme we play I think he can do it. Some would worry about his size, [but] I don’t worry about it.”
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