Ronde Barber on How Special the Buccaneers Defense in the Early 2000s Was
The Buccaneers held a press conference for Ronde Barber’s Ring of Honor induction on Tuesday. Barber spoke to the media after the team concluded practice and here is what he had to say about the Buccaneers Defense in the early 2000s via Pewterreport.com:
“How many years in a row did we have a top ten defense?” Barber said.”That’s pretty telling. We already have two hall of famers, arguably have two more, we were a dominant unit.”
The Buccaneers Defense was an absolute unit under Monte Kiffin. Kiffin introduced the Tampa 2 Defense which teams weren’t accustomed to and it wreaked havoc across the league for many years. In the 16 seasons that Barber was in the league, he had 1,231 tackles, 28 sacks, 166 pass deflections, 47 interceptions, 15 forced fumbles, and 14 touchdowns. Barber was a pivotal piece of the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense which gave up 12.2 PPG. That type of Defensive number is unheard of nowadays. Barber takes his spot in the Buccaneers Ring of Honor on September 22nd when the Bucs take on the New York Giants. Hopefully, this isn’t the only honor that Barber will be taking home this year.