After spending most of 2015 injured or benched, Johnthan Banks was given another chance with the new coaching staff, and the fourth-year cornerback couldn’t be more excited.
Bucs CB Johnthan Banks – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
In what could be interpreted as a light jab towards Lovie Smith’s scheme, Banks said that the new defense, under Mike Smith’s guidance, allows “playmakers to be playmakers.” This scheme, Banks claims, will put the defense, and in particular the secondary, in position to succeed.
“Everything is different. You won’t see anything of what we did in the past in this defense,” Banks said. “It’s going to be fun; we’re going to fly around and make a lot of plays – a whole lot of plays.
“The opportunities are going to come. It’s a great defense, great scheme. We just have to learn it and get to playing football.”
Banks said that for the first time since college he’s backpedalling in practice, indicating that the Bucs will play tighter coverage more often instead of the deep zone they’ve highlighted in recent past. The 6-1 corner also said that despite last year’s struggles, he never lost confidence.
“I would’ve hung it up and went back to my farm if I lost confidence,” he said. “I mean it got tough, but that’s life. It all worked out in the end.”
Banks, who’s played for a different defensive coordinator every season since his freshman year at Mississippi State, sees 2016 as a fresh start. And for player who was noticeably frustrated in 2015, it’s hard for him to hide his relief for a new opportunity and his admiration of the new staff.
“I don’t know if I smiled as much as I have in these three weeks as I did in my first three years,” Banks said. “I’m having fun, just getting around these guys and these coaches, they make it fun. I try to put last year in the past and move on.”
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With Verner, Banks, and Grimes on the roster, I would be blown away if we go Hargreaves at #9. I just don’t see them thinking he’s a guy that will immediately improve this team. OL, DL, or Leonard Floyd!
Concur; it makes no sense to draft a 5′ 10″ CB at Spot 9.
I agree also. Go Bucs!
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The vote is unanimous.
We need to put pressure on the QB to make him hurry his throw, rush his judgement and nervous in the pocket.
Would love to get a DL who finds in personally insulting when Cam Newton does his little Superman act in the end zone and relishes the opportunity to put him on the bench sulking with a towel over his head.
I want some nasty attitude combined with ability and heart.
We agree again drdneast. I too get annoyed at Newton’s antics and pouting. I think our lack of coverage in the secondary on the quick passes limited the D-line being able to get to the QB fast enough. I don’t recall as many times seeing a QB in the pocket with plenty of time to survey the field as I did cringing as he found an immediate open receiver. Perhaps is we hear what Banks is saying, the back end will shut down that stuff and allow the D-line another second or two to hit the target.
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