TAMPA - When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers open camp Thursday, for the first time in 17 seasons, Ronde Barber will not be in Bucs camp. And his retirement was not the only change in the secondary.
The Bucs continued to revamp the secondary last Friday as they traded cornerback Eric Wright to the 49ers, while Darrelle Revis, free safety Dashon Goldson and 2nd round pick Johnthan Banks will make their Bucs debut this Thursday.
"With the mix of new and old, and the guys that haven't been out there, or are rehabbing, I have been encouraged with our depth performing better. Definitely, a better understanding of what we are asking them to do. I can' wait to get them all out there when you get all your players out there at camp," says head coach Greg Schiano.
Another debut that Bucs players are hoping for is the one of a softer, gentler Greg Schiano. Their head coach is a no-nonsense guy but they are hoping he learned some things during his rookie year. "Nah, no way. That is all I am going to say. I don't want to get myself in trouble but, no way, that is all I am going to say," says wide receiver Mike Williams.
Schiano may lighten up a bit if the Bucs can tighten up on the football this season. It’s one of his top priorities. "We went from last in the league to something like 5th in turnover margin…something like that. We need to get to be number 1. The ball is the most important thing and we need to treat it like that. I think you see our guys doing that. They treat the ball with respect."