Johnthan Banks on Bucs' constant turnover: 'It kind of gets old'
I'm a few days behind on this, but former Bucs cornerback Johnthan Banks, relegated to special teams this season and finally traded Tuesday to the Lions, talked to reporters in Detroit about why things didn't work out for him in Tampa after starting all but two games in his first two NFL seasons.
Banks lost his starting job and eventually wasn't even a special teams player, inactive for his last two games with the Bucs. He had respect for head coach Dirk Koetter and the Glazer family, but said the constant turnover -- three head coaches, three defensive coordinators and three defensive backs coaches in his four season -- didn't help him.
"It's tough to adjust every year," Banks told MLive.com on Wednesday before his first practice with the Lions. "I mean, Tampa is a great place. I respect (Koetter), I respect the Glazers. I think they have a fine organization. But every year, when you get a new defense, a new defensive coordinator, new defensive backs coach, everybody wants to mold you and twist you and turn you into this player and that player. It kind of gets old. You lose your fire for the game, and it's frustrating."
Banks had seven interceptions in his first two seasons with the Bucs, but the former second-round pick was benched midway through last season, regaining his starting role for the final two games. When the Bucs signed Brent Grimes and drafted Vernon Hargreaves in the first round, his role changed -- he did not play a single snap on defense in the Bucs' first seven games before being traded for a conditional 2018 seventh-round pick.
He's reunited in Detroit with college teammate Darius Slay, as well as assistant coach Tony Oden, who was his position coach his rookie year with the Bucs.
"I'm blessed to be back here with TO, and get back to work with this guy," Banks told Mlive.com. "I know him. I know what he wants, and I know what he expects. So I'm going to try to get it done."