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Barber drops by Bucs camp, happy to be a "spectator"

Ronde Barber greets fans Friday at Bucs training camp.


Ronde Barber greets fans Friday at Bucs training camp.



Former Bucs star Ronde Barber dropped by training camp Friday, saying he has no regrets about retirement and doesn't miss being on the field this time of year.

Barber, who retired after 16 seasons in Tampa Bay, has been sharpening his golf game (is a 2-handicap). But the Pro Bowler is also starting his broadcasting career by covering the Bucs the next few weeks, serving as analyst for WFLA during their preseason games.

"I'm enjoying being on this side of the fence," Barber, 38, said with a smile. "I'm good being at home, following it from afar. Twenty-three years or so playing at a high level of football, I'm good being a spectator."

Barber said the Bucs workouts look a lot like they did last year - "orderly" - but has heard coach Greg Schiano has relaxed a little bit, having already established his culture.

Barber shared his thoughts on the Bucs in a 10-minute conversation.

On the offense: "They have the guys, they certainly do," Barber said. "They have the look of (an offensive juaggernaut). But you're not one until you put it on the field. We're putting together a group of guys and saying they're going to have a powerful offense, with guys like Mike and Vincent, and Doug Martin, and all those guys they have up front. They have all the ingredients, they just have to go work it out."

On Schiano: "I think he's focused on football. I think a year under his belt he's figured out how to deal with the element in the NFL player, hopefully it works for him. Coach is a great guy, he had great expectations for his team, I'm really expecting for him to find a way to work."

On CB Darrelle Revis: "He's very good. I used to spend a lot of time with Aqib when he was here studying guys, and he was a guy we always went back to because his technique on the line of scrimmage, he does a lot of things right... obviously has the speed to run with anybody, but he's certainly a rare talent, but he's also a rare technician, and that makes him the player that he is."

On how the secondary will be: "I have no idea. I know we have a great safety that we picked up, and we got a young safety played with last year and got a draft pick that's got to prove himself. We'll find out in the next couple weeks, pay attention to camp."

On going to Warren Sapp's Hall of Fame induction: "It's going to be really awesome. I've got a couple buys weeks getting ready for what I'm doing next, but there was no way I was missing out on going to Canton. I've never been there, we played in a game there but I didn't get to go over to the facility. I'm excited. I've played with a lot of great players, and he's at the top of the list of deserving guys to be there, I'm glad to share it with him."



[Last modified: Friday, July 26, 2013 5:36pm]


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