Bucs Defense Going to Have a Problem Playing Together

Pro Football Weekly says that playing together might be though for a Bucs defense that will have a lot of young players:

CB Ronde Barber was one of the few longtime Bucs who survived the housecleaning done by GM Mark Dominik this offseason, and the team is expecting him to play at a high level this season, despite a clear decline in his performance during 2008.

The club hasn’t expressed much apprehension about Barber, but observers are concerned about his ability to play in new defensive coordinator Jim Bates’ scheme, which asks the corners to play bump-and-run. That coverage doesn’t mesh with Barber’s capabilities at this stage of his career, and sources say Bates may have to tinker with his system to allow Barber to play off the ball more often.


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