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Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he’s not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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    Horse

    I would hope that he is in the Hall of Fame because of him being not just a corner but also bringing about the Nickelback speciality.

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    tiapanda

    “Stats are good, but being unique is better.
    Barber has enough of both, if you ask me.”

    Well put, Trevor.

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    Rut

    If I were you, I’d look at Gil Brandt’s other “Best Of All Time” lists before putting too much stock into his opinion. They are hilariously terrible. He put Zeke Elliot on his RB list. Yep. After one year. But didn’t include guys like Priest Holmes, or Shaun Alexander. His WR list was terrible too he didn’t even have Steve Largent on there and ranked T.O. like 5th. Also didn’t include Steve Smith. The guys getting old and it’s kind of sad. When people pointed out these and many more problems with his lists in the comments, he fricking CHANGED them. Couldn’t even stick by his original opinions when he got exposed for forgetting about guys, and putting others way too high or low.

    Not sure why NFL.com is still paying him, but if you read the comment sections on those lists, my guess is it won’t be for too long.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      Yeah, his lists have been weird, man.

      Like, Malcolm Butler is 20th on this one.

      …..what.

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        Rut

        Lol yeah not really sure why he’s still on payroll I think he’s just trying to get fired. Like sure Malcolm Butler is good but….all time? Reallly?

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    scubog

    Ronde made play after play. I often said, “It’s always Ronde” when he just seemed to have a knack. None finer than “The Pick.” Maybe not the loud mouth attention seeking type like Sanders and Sherman……………..just great.

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    wilkes

    The only thing Ronde did not do is put his hand in the dirt. Outside corner, slot corner, strong safety, free safety, line backer even edge rusher. People will point to the collection of talent around him, but he was the end result of dozens of big time plays.

    He did it when they had talent, after the talent had left, through coaching changes and without missing games.

    Just like Sapp, teams will perpetually be searching for the next Barber. HOF

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    toofamiliar17

    When I remove my Bucs fandom from my opinion, Barber is easily among the toughest, most borderline HOF calls I’ve seen. Among CBs, he would have the 2nd fewest INT’s per season (ahead of only Darrell Green). He had the FEWEST INT’s per game started. He had a pretty shocking 12 of his 16 seasons with 3 or fewer interceptions which, again, are easily the most important counting stat for CBs. Yes, the sacks are nice, but there’s a reason that basically none of them accrue 25 in their careers – it just isn’t something they’re asked to do. He averaged fewer than 2 per season. It’s not as if he was any kind of real pass rushing force….he just blitzed sometimes, and he played long enough to rack up more than other CBs do.

    More than maybe any of his slight shortcomings statistically, there’s this, which I fervently believe – he was largely a product of his system. Not that he wasn’t a great cover 2 corner – he was – but that’s truly all Ronde would have been able to do at a high level throughout his career. He was pretty consistently BAD in man coverage for the entirety of his career, and he lacked both the size and the athleticism to succeed in a scheme that was built on a cover 3 or quarters foundation. Doing what he did in Tampa is truly all Ronde would EVER have been able to do especially well as a CB. That has to hurt him, I think.

    Helpful to his case, IMO, are (1) he had a career defining moment that is memorable to voters with that game clinching pick 6 in Philly during the NFC Championship Game, (2) his flexibility to play all over the field, (3) his incredible durability in playing however many straight games he played, and (4) being one of the best players on a championship team and a legitimate face of the franchise for 15+ seasons. He was a major part of defining the Bucs.

    With my Bucs hat on, I come to the conclusion that his immeasurable positives are enough to get him in. But without viewing the question through that lens….I don’t know. I really struggle to quite get THERE. He was physically and schematically limited in a HUGE way, and he wasn’t especially productive in any way when you consider how many years and games he had to play to accrue his numbers.

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      scubog

      Aren’t the number of years played at a high level also a plus factor to consider?

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        toofamiliar17

        To an extent, sure. But I guess it comes down to this – I think Ronde was GREAT for maybe a few seasons, and then “good” for like 10 years or something like that. In other words, he was mostly a good player, he just did it for a REALLY long time, and an even longer time when you consider that he never missed a game. It’s certainly an impressive feat to play as well as he did for as long as he played (although, it has to be said that he was a below average player for the last two or three years of his careers). But does being good for a long time make one worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as those CBs that are in the Hall? I don’t think so, but it’s certainly worth debating.

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      Rut

      One of the tough things for elite cornerbacks, especially in the more recent years of the nfl, is if you prove yourself, QBs stop throwing your way. It’s mind boggling when you see that Revis only has like 30 career picks but you have to remember that there are games he’s played when he was lined up with a #1 or #2 receiver that would get zero TARGETS. It’s just a testament to their greatness, but the suffer big numbers because of it.

      In previous eras the thinking was just force it to your guy, and it was just kind of a disregard to whatever great corner was on him. Back then teams didn’t typically have 3 freak athletes catching passes like they do now. The top interceptions list of all time is all guys who played in the 80s or earlier. I think the #1 has like 83 picks or something ridiculous. It’s just never going to be done agaon.

      I think when you consider Ronde played as long as he did, at a high level, is one of the best zone coverage corners ever, pretty much defined the position, then factor in he’s the only player in history with 45+ picks and 20+ sacks, has a career defining big moment, has multiple pro bowls, AND got a Ring, he becomes a pretty easy HOF choice.

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        toofamiliar17

        Your point is an interesting one, and there’s certainly SOME truth to it. It doesn’t pertain to Ronde, IMO, since he was rarely ever matched up on any receiver one on one, much less for an entire game, for QBs to go out of their way to avoid him. In addition to that, there are current examples that appear to hurt the whole idea that INT numbers for great corners are depressed because opposing QBs just avoid them as a rule.

        Richard Sherman has basically 2/3 as many INTs as Ronde got, and he’s done it in essentially 1/3 of the years played. Rod Woodson is third on that all time INTs list you referenced, and he played 82% of his career in the 90’s and 2000’s. Charles Woodson is 5th on that all time list, and he played his rookie season in 1998. QBs certainly weren’t avoiding Darren Sharper’s and Ed Reed’s sides of the field, although the ability to do that is clearly somewhat different for corners than it is for safeties.

        And beyond all of those exceptions, there’s this – QBs just didn’t avoid Ronde. I think we can all state that with confidence just from memory of watching him play. It’s not like QBs were afraid to throw his way, and as a result he had relatively low INT numbers.

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    Buc 1976

    R Barber should be in HOF!
    He was at his best when the game was on the line! I will NEVER forget the play-off game in Philadelphia he was playing with a bad leg and made the INT that sealed the game.

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