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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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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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macabee
macabee
6 years ago

I just read some of Mark Barron’s parting remarks regarding the Bucs.
Barron on Bucs defense: “It is passive. That’s kind of the only thing I didn’t like about it. I had to sit back, couldn’t be as aggressive.”
More Mark Barron on Bucs: “Did I think that we could have been using me more? Yeah, I do. … It’s just the way the system was run.”
I’m beginning to think the Bucs traded a disgruntled employee!

Sactobuc
Sactobuc
Reply to  macabee
6 years ago

Then the Bucs probably have a lot more disgruntled employees… Who could be happy at this point in the season if the fans aren’t the payers certainly cannot be.

jongruden
jongruden
6 years ago

After seeing sub par qb’s tear up our defense at home (Derek Anderson, Austin Davis, Bridgewater) I didn’t need Barron to say the obvious

JackinJersey
JackinJersey
6 years ago

The kids right. I’m sorry but the game has long passed Lovie by. He sold the Glazers a bogus bill of goods regarding the good old days. He can’t be fired soon enough for me.

pinkstob
pinkstob
6 years ago

Again, I think this is more a knock on Frasier than the scheme. The Bears defense was never passive when Lovie was there, but Frasier’s defenses have always ranked near the bottom of the league. Lovie has a proven track record and Frasier doesn’t, so I’m more in favor blaming him. Though to really be fair the defense looked far better last week, so let’s give these guys an entire season.

pinkstob
pinkstob
6 years ago

As for Barron, he never impressed me even at Alabama and he didn’t perform any better in Schiano’s system given his opportunities to blitz or cover. I remember a girl I knew told me that one thing she noticed is that all her friends that were girls went on and on about how big their new boyfriend’s “package” was but after they break up the friend would always say at some point “it wasn’t really THAT big”. I’ll never forget that because it taught me to never believe anything anyone says at the beginning of a relationship/job or after it’s… Read more »

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

Now that’s funny Pink!

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