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Schiano says Barber will ultimately let the Bucs know how he fits in the defense for 2012



When Greg Schiano was the defensive coordinator for the Miami Hurricanes more than a dozen years ago, he used to drive to Tampa to watch the Bucs defense practice.

Ronde Barber was at cornerback.

He could be there again in 2012.  

"So it was Monte (Kiffin) and Lovie (Smith) and Rod (Marinelli) and Herm (Edwards),'' Schiano said. "Well, (Barber) was there. He was there, he was playing corner. Trust me, I think he knows how much I appreciate what has been accomplished here over the years, especially on defense. When you look at some of the great defenses. I’m just going to tell him, “This is what we’re going to try to build here, where do you see yourself fitting in?''

Schiano said he met with Barber about 10 minutes recently and another gathering is planned following the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

At that time, Schiano says, he hopes to get an exchange of ideas from Barber about how he could help the Bucs if he decides to return for a 16th season.  

“(General manager) Mark (Dominik) and I will sit down with him sometime after the combine,'' Schiano said. "I just need to tell him what my vision is for the football team and hear from him how he sees how he fits in that. I think it’s going to be a great exchange. He knows what this is about, he’s been doing it so long. And he’s a Buc.

"I mean, he knows it’s near the end whether it’s a year, two or three. But I think no one knows better than Ronde what’s best for all parties involved. So I’m anxious to hear what he has to say. We visited briefly and it was good. I mean, what a bright guy to visit with. But I think this next time, we’ll talk more about the specifics of football and all that.''


[Last modified: Thursday, February 23, 2012 5:13pm]


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