Five former Buccaneers players who could pull a Jeff Saturday
Ronde Barber – DB (1997 – 2012)
One of, if not the most beloved player in the history of the franchise would probably honestly make a great coach should he choose that route. He is of course responsible for the most memorable play in Buccaneers history after all. The thing is, he’s had a pretty cushy television gig in recent years. Then again, so has Jeff Saturday. It also just so happens that Ronde Barber is no longer a color commentator, so it appears he’s free…
Barber is also in the Bucs’ Ring of Honor, and while he may be a defensive guy, he’s shown his chops as a color commentator on Fox. He knows the game, inside and out, both sides of the ball. If the Buccaneers were to do what the Colts did and pull out a former player with limited to no coaching experience in the NFL to serve in the interim in the middle of the season, it’s hard to find an option better than Barber. Despite the obvious question marks that would come with such a move, fans probably wouldn’t be THAT upset about it. In fact, they may be pretty stoked.
Honestly, the more and more we go on about this, the more this writer is starting to convince himself it may KIND OF work, at least, a little bit right? Wow the NFL season is long. We’re only at the halfway point and we’re talking like this.
Barber would be a fantastic choice, but not the best in our minds. Spoiler alert, number one won’t be a member of the 2002 defense or team, but it’ll be close. Members of that team who are in the Ring of Honor like Derrick Brooks would have been a good option but he’s currently a suit working for the NFL as an executive, John Lynch is of course the General Manager for the San Francisco 49ers, and while Warren Sapp has dabbled into coaching, some players may not be THRILLED with that idea. Then there’s Mike Alstott, who would more likely than not want to keep running the ball if we had to guess.
So with that all being said, our number one choice….