Former Buccaneers strong safety Mark Barron had some parting shots at Lovie Smith’s Tampa 2 scheme, which is run by defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. Speaking with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Barron called the Bucs defense, which ranks dead last in the league, “passive.”
“Yeah, it is passive,” Barron said. “That’s kind of the only thing I didn’t like about it a lot of times. I had to sit back and I couldn’t really be as aggressive as I wanted to in that system. So yeah, I would most definitely say that.”
Barron, the seventh-overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, was traded to St. Louis on Tuesday for fourth- and sixth-round picks in the 2015 NFL Draft. Barron struggled in pass coverage this year, evidenced by just three pass breakups and no interceptions to go along with 49 tackles. Barron hasn’t made the impact plays the team expected when it spent such a high draft pick on the Alabama product. In two and half seasons in the NFL, Barron has just three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
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